Is it really possible in a strategy game like Shogi to ‘read the thoughts’ of your opponent to predict and anticipate his moves? Yes, and it is not magic. If it is indeed true that movements on the chessboard depend on the mind, it is equally true that, in the light of solid technical preparation, the chessboard allows access to the player’s mind that can reveal his strategies and ultimately betray his intentions. Beware, however: the mind-chessboard connection is insidious and can also be a double-edged blade, a path paved with gambits and blunders. Let’s start exploring this complex relationship with Michele’s very interesting article.

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