As a math professor, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to learn math effectively. Recently I’ve been picking up the game of Chess, and those effective study habits from math are also great for learning chess, and vice versa. In this video I walk through and compare my study tips for the two disciplines.

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0:39 Master the small details

2:04 Practice Yourself vs Learn from Experts

3:56 Review

4:54 Persistence

7:18 Memorization vs Understanding

11:04 Growth Mindset

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Hearing the memorization part really helps me to get past some of my self doubts. Im tested in the top 99th percentile for memory recall buuutttt lower average processing speed. I beat myself up a lot because it sounds like i essentially have an NPC build. Which isnt helped by my autism diagnosis. Wait, I might just need a therapist…

1nsp1r1ng as alway2 ! Thanks for teaching.

This nice man encouraged me to study core math fields though being a Physics student.

Wow !! This is new

Yup, pretty interesting indeed!!!🤩🤩

Thanks a lot Dr. Trefor

Great video.

Thats exactly what im saying! Im now 14 and I play chess since i am 8. Im not perticulary good at it because even tho i play it for a long time now i didnt do so in a real team for a long time and i also lost a little bit of the regularity of playing it due to covid. However since i also love math this connection was obvioud to me really fast and most good chess players wood probobaly also be good mathematicians. Glad you discovered the game!

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Interesting 🤩

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The crossover I never thought I needed

How clever! Very insightful thank you :)) , both chess and maths are beautiful , that's for sure…

I've played chess a lot throughout school, but I was definitely in the too little memorization camp. I was really good as a kid at tournaments and stuff until everybody started putting more effort into really studying things. That part bored me and eventually drew me to give up chess. It's a beautiful game, I hope at some point my passion is reinvigorated to go and study it more deeply.

That being said, there's definitely a connection between those good at chess and math and it's not just about somebody being a nerd. All of the kids in my chess club were good at math as well, some winning competitions. A lot of us ended up studying Computer Science. And since I study CS at Faculty of Mathematics, I know a bunch of people form Theoretical Math curriculum and they're all kickass at chess. For some reason, there is a huge overlap in those two interests.

I also have a studying tip that I picked up from The Art of Learning that I found really great. Beginners should spend a lot of time studying endgame. In endgame, things are sort of simplified because you don't have as many pieces and as many possible moves. It makes it easier for a beginner to learn patterns because there's less noise. On top of that, it gives you a good idea of what your end goal is. Not every pawn is equally valuable in an endgame for instance, and that gives you insight on how you should build pawn islands and trade your pawns early game to really build up those advantages throughout the game.

Memorization is my absolute cryptonite. I rely mostly on understanding and then when I get to my tests I forget the foundations that made my understanding viable in the frist place.

Lovely video. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

I am an engineering student and recently I started learning sketching and drawings and I found a lot of similar learning techiniqes there too! with the same mind we are able to learn so many different fields its like discovering the hidden corners of the mind😄

Professor, I really enjoy this video about the relationship of two of my three passions (the third one being music). I just have one question: In what platform/app do you play chess? I've been playing for a few years now on Chess.com (my user name there is Magna_Dominum) and it will be an honor to play against a great mind like you. Thanks.

This is so true. No wonder mathematicians generally have a great aptitude for chess – it develops similar skills on logic and by applying core principles.

I would love to play a game with you someday!

Agadmator, gothamchess are the two best channels where you can improve and also entertained ("hanging pawn" is one of the greatest channels out there where you can learn about opening theory middle game and endgame )❤️. Try to play longer time control game instead of blitz

Most importantly don't addicted to chess

Keep making maths videos for us

What a crossover!!!

It was in this position that we had a new kind of video.

Are you light yagami?

Nice video, but Sicilian is very tricky if you are below 2000elo

So happy for you that you picked up chess. A great lesson for me on understanding came from the reality check of how easily you are thrown off by only one different move from your opening repertoire. And with that how important it is to truly experience and integrate in your mind every possible version of that problem to have a broad grasp of it and understand it for good.

I'm sorry for my negativity. Thanks Trevor for your great videos!

Edit: I meant Trefor. My name is Trevor

Wow! This video has helped me revisit how I learn the two subjects and has motivated me to become intellectually curious about the details again.

Love from India 🇮🇳

Thanks Dr. for this channel.

I wish if you would consider applying propabability example on chess.

Small details = basic principles.

Also, chess is much about memory. Mathematics is more about pure logic. But they have many things in common.

If you take any two intellectual disciplines you would find many simillarites tough.

The thumbnail of this video gave me PTSD from last semester , spending long sleepless nights trying to wrap my head around calculus2 topics on a daily basis. Toughest math class I’ve ever had lol

I think the most important thing you mentioned in the video is the growth midset concept. It doesn't matter if you started with math and then you pick up chess, or other way around: the mind-pattern that has developed in you is useful for other disciplines as well, provided it stays flexible and adaptable. You can also use the same mind-patterns to recognize a beautiful piece music, identify a plumbing issue in your bathroom or study the vast literature of the Vedic school of Yoga. The information and expresions are different – "in" and "out" -, but the internal, adimentional mind processes are the same for all examples.

You’re my hero

sir how can u make everything so simple to understand, u r an inspiration

When i had my university exam i learned maths from your videos and now when i got bored and started playing chess…. There comes this video😍

That was a great speech👍

man if you need any advise for resources on chess i would love to share my knowladge. I can reccomend you books to improve yourself.

Make a chess Playlist,series 😉

Sir plz make videos for 'Matrix Eigen value problems' 🙏🙏🙏

Make more "random" videos like this

They are very helpfull

Thank you

Both are my favourite topics😀

I didn't even start watching this video but I want to know which dumbass tripped and fell into the dislike button, smh

8:34 That segment was on point, especially for me! sometimes I forget that maths is a skill that I need to put effort into (like memorizing, practicing, etc.), and focus on the "fun" part where I understand the great picture or change my way of thinking about a particular problem.