This review builds on the book’s assertion that chess provides a useful model for research on several issues in the area of cognition and imagery, e.g., the relationship between viewing a stimulus and mental imagery, in light of blindfold chess masters’ consistent reports that they do not use or have images. The review proposes a “Proficiency” measure with applications in cognition research, skill training, and education.
Also available at: Mechner, F. (2010). Chess as a behavioral model for cognitive skill research: Review of Blindfold Chess by Eliot Hearst and John Knott. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 94, 373-386.