Friday, December 01, 2006

Kramnik's Blunder Reconsidered

There is some excellent discussion of Kramnik's "blunder of the century" (mentioned in my post of the other day) at the ChessBase site (see "Blunders in chess - Kramnik wasn't the first" --also "How could Kramnik have overlooked mate?") and at Doggers-schaak ("The blunders of Kramnik, Petrosian and Reshevsky"). It is a hot topic all over the net, of course. Even Howard Stern has had something to say about it. Such an interesting example of a "blind spot" probably reveals a lot about the sort of pattern recognition that is at the heart of chess expertise. I see a ready-made psychology research study in this....

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