How Wrong We Are

One of the things that chess helps develop is an ability to falsify your own ideas. This may seem strange to the general public who usually try to win their argument via any means available. But it is a very valuable skill that has applications in many different fields, the most obvious one being scientific research.

Does this mean that scientists will also be good falsifiers given that their profession should demand it? Not necessarily, and it might even be in a researcher’s interest to deliver a promising study in order to secure funding. Of course there is a process of peer review of published papers which should in theory lead to errors being detected. Yet I can’t help but think that the incentives to do so are far less clear and direct than on the chess board.

Here anyway is a funny clip of an old man playing against himself. He tries very hard to play both sides with amusing consequences.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: