Sunday, October 01, 2006

Chess and Dementia Index

The Knowledge Pile
Where you can find references/links to academic journal articles, reports and other resources relating to chess and dementia.

Doctor Garry is In
Garry Kasparov makes an unsubstantiated claim about chess and dementia.

Some nonsense from the Times’ chess correspondent and a suggestion as to what it is reasonable to claim about chess and dementia.

Some dementia themed cobblers from the Daily Express.

In 2003 Verghese and others had some research published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study is routinely cited as demonstrating that chess prevents dementia despite the fact that the word "chess" doesn’t appear in it even once.

Six years later the researchers publish another article and once again they use category 'board or card games'. So why is this project routinely said to refer to chess specifically?

The Verghese research as (mis)represented in the media. Bonus item: More fun with the Daily Express

Susan Polgar is to start a Journal of Chess Research, one of which’s subjects will be chess and dementia. Somewhat concerning, then, that her website published an article by Michael Gelb which grossly misrepresents the Verghese research.

The best summary we could have of the implications of research relating to chess and dementia.

When 'chess celebrities' - Kasparov, Polar, Keene, FIDE, Chessbase - get involved with dementia the results are no more appealing than when Tom Cruise starts banging on about psychiatry.

A portmanteau post: FIDE are getting involved in chess and dementia (not unwelcome per se but its report does smack of 'scienceyness' ... Chess Cafe have added themselves to the list of people willing to publish articles that grossly misrepresent the Verghese research  ... when a newspaper makes unsubstantiated claims on the benefits of playing the piano it’s all too reminiscent of the dodgy statements that are made about chess. 

A tutorial on how to reference academic material since it seems that Chessbase (and so many others) lose their ability to do it when the subject of chess and dementia comes up.

FIDE’s Social Action Chess Commision report does pretend science.

Welcoming the news that Dr Jana Bellin "will prepare a considered statement on chess and dementia. [Unfortunately at the time of writing - 10 months on - no public statement has yet appeared].

A report on the brain training industry and what it means for the chess and dementia debate.

"There’s a dark corner of the internet that preys on people living with chronic conditions, where bogus promises of miracle cures are coated in a veneer of respectability."
In the chess world it’s not a dark corner. This sort of thing is a mainstream activity.

"beware the huckster and the testimonial"

A journalist’s opinion "... chess brilliance has nothing to do with high intelligence in other areas, but tends to give top players a false idea of their own high intelligence."

Garry Kasparov - Mr Glib Unsubstantiated Assertion- announces a "campaign to call out Bill Clinton"

What happens when you get into a twitter chat with Mig Greengard about his boss’s claims regarding chess and dementia.

On the word of nobody. Marking the anniversary of Kasparov’s unsubstantiated claim about chess and dementia.

Mig Greengard cites a study which he says justifies Kasparovian claims about chess and dementia. Let’s investigate. Step 1: familiarising ourselves with the topic.

Mig Greengard misdescribes a piece of research.

Mig Greengard misrepresents the conclusions of a piece of research.

Add GM Nigel Davies to the list of those who have totally misrepresented the Verghese research.

DG XXIV: Remarkable for its lack of intellectual rigour
Two messages: one from Edward Winter, one from The Times’ chess correspondent

DG XXV: "Verghese, chess, Alzheimer’s"
The Times chess correspondent returns to a familiar theme

DG XXVI: Disclosure
Proper scientists doing proper research disclose any conflicts of interest. Chessers writing about dementia never do

DG XXVII: The ECF vs Mrs Sally Williams
A satirical article and the ECF making an unsubstantiated claim about chess and dementia

DG XXVIII: The ECF vs The Daily Express
Another 'Stops Dementia' shouty headine from the Daily Express and some observations about the English Chess Federation

DG XXIX: On Littering
Spreading inaccurate, misleading or just plain false information about health matters: in many ways discussion about the impact of such behaviour is unnecessary. It’s an antisocial behaviour, regardless of the effect on others.

DG XXX: The Ugly Truth
The annual Sense about Science lecture and what it might have to say to chessers who want to talk about dementia

DG XXXI: "many scientists", many claims
More unsubstantiated claims about chess and dementia from the English Chess Federation

DG XXXII: Election Day
A straight choice for the ECF: be a federation that follows evidence-based decision making or continue along the path of unsubstantiated assertion.

Rex Sinquefield announced a research programme to explore chess and dementia.

DG XXXIV: A Message to the English Chess Federation
Chess Not Found in the NICE guidelines on delaying and preventing dementia

DG XXXV: The ECF vs The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
What is best for preventing or delaying the onset of dementia? Is it playing chess or "helping people stop smoking, be more active, reduce alcohol consumption, improve their diet and, if necessary, lose weight and maintain a healthy weight"?

DG XXXVI: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence versus Joe Verghese
Using the research evidence to advocate for a programme to encourage older people to learn and play chess

DG XXXVII: Out of place
A summary of the Kasparov - Greengard unproven claims, unkept promises and misrepresentations in the chess and dementia domain.


Research is vital

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