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Christopher Chabris
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+Michelle Meyer and I have an essay in this Sunday's New York Times on the "A/B Illusion" and how it can impede beneficial behavioral science research.
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My new "Game On" column in the WSJ is about Hive, a great game designed by John Yianni and first published 14 years ago. If chess didn't exist but Hive did, maybe it would be "the intellectual game par excellence."
The game Hive, in which players control bugs of different types, has unique tactics, but it echoes some concepts from chess.
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My new GAME ON column, in this weekend's Wall Street Journal, is about the unexplored strategic depths of "Eurogames" like Carcassonne, Ticket To Ride, and Settlers of Catan.
Like chess long ago, Eurogames like Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan abound in complexities to crack.
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Is there an RSS feed for your Game On columns?
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My interview with Martin Thoresen about the unofficial "world computer chess championship" he runs out of his personal server in Sweden. I did this as part of the research for my pieces in The Wall Street Journal this weekend.
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In my Game On column this weekend, I describe the TCEC (Thoresen Chess Engines Competition), which pits the best computer chess programs against each other in a semi-annual tournament. Chess "engines" are so strong now that this event is the de facto world championship of chess-playing entities. The games may be literally inhuman, but they are anything but dull.
Computer chess programs can handily beat the best human players in the world—and their games are no less fascinating.
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Here's a digital-only extra I wrote, explaining a key moment in the Superfinal match between Komodo, the eventual champion, and Stockfish, the (open-source!) runnerup:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/anatomy-of-a-computer-chess-game-1420826910?tesla=y
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More on "Why Our Memory Fails Us"
Today the New York Times published an op-ed by Daniel Simons and myself, under the title "Why Our Memory Fails Us." In the article, we use the recent discovery that Neil deGrasse Tyson was making incorrect statements about George W. Bush based on false memo...
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Chris, this is an utterly bizarre article, considering that George W Bush's false memories of WMD cost over a million lives and counting, giving birth to ISIS in the chaos of occupied Iraq. That's a LOT more troublesome than anything Neil DeGrasse Tyson has ever had to say about George W Bush. 

"We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories…for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them." [President Bush, Interview in Poland, 5/29/03]
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A theory of the evolution of poker, in just 608 words: my new GAME ON column is in The Wall Street Journal this weekend.
Over the past two centuries, poker has grown more complicated and more exciting, demanding ever more skill.
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My latest "Game On" column is out in this weekend's Wall Street Journal! This month I wrote about cooperative games, in which the players work together to defeat the game itself.
No competition here: In Pandemic and other cooperative games, players work together toward a common objective.
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Our collective intelligence research team published an op-ed in this Sunday's New York Times! Note: I didn't write "it's about ... having more women." But I admire the deadpan humor of the editor who did. (I also love the illustration they created for the piece.)
It’s about listening, empathy and having more women.
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Martin Thoresen's World Chess Championship
My third “Game On” column, " The Real Kings of Chess Are Computers,"  appears this weekend in  The Wall Street Journal.  I write about the "real world chess championship," which is known formally as the Thoresen Chess Engines Competition, or TCEC. This is a...
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Some background information and missing links from my recent New York Times op-ed, co-authored with +Daniel Simons, on false memories and the case of Neil deGrasse Tyson and George W. Bush.
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GAME ON — My New Column in the Wall Street Journal
For a while I’ve had the secret ambition to write a regular newspaper column. At one time I thought I could write a chess column; at other times I thought that Dan Simons and I could write a series of essays on social science and critical thinking. Last yea...
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    Associate Professor of Psychology
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I am a psychology professor at Union College in Schenectady, New York. I am the co-author, with Daniel Simons, of The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us, which has been published in 16 languages so far. I write the "Game On" column for the Wall Street Journal, and I write occasional essays and reviews for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other publications. I am also a chess master and poker amateur. For more info, including links to my published writing: www.chabris.com
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  • Harvard University
    1988
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