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How we observe and memorize patterns has been key to our survival. A chess player’s ability to memorize and catalogue patterns on the board is key to their success. Five-time world champion and chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand discusses his practices with Duke University neuroscientist Dr. Murali Doraiswamy, and reveals some affinities to the protagonist in the popular Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit.

Lead support for Brainwave is provided by Science Sandbox, an initiative of Simons Foundation, and by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support is provided by Gerry Ohrstrom with program support provided by Cheryl Henson.

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