OSSINING, N.Y., Oct. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As people age, they often
experience memory loss, reduced concentration, and other cognitive problems.
Diet and lifestyle, though, can improve cognitive performance and reverse some
aspects of brain aging. Consider the world chess champion - chess genius,
Viswanathan Anand - who in November will defend his title against the highest
rated player in chess history, Magnus Carlsen.
Pundits predict a Carlsen win, based on the recent games and tournament scores
of the two players. Carlsen beat Anand handily in their most recent encounter in
June. But Anand should not be counted out. He has successfully defended his
world championship title many times and is known for his excellent preparation
and creative play.
The biggest challenge Anand faces may be physiological. According to brain-aging
expert, Dr. Timothy Salthouse, cognitive capabilities usually peak at 22, the
very age Carlsen is now. Salthouse finds that on average, by age 28, signs of
cognitive decline begin to show up. By 38, signs of memory loss increase.* Most
people may not notice these declines until much later, but elite chess players
do: Their careers stand or fall on their peak intellectual performance. Anand is
43, almost twice Carlsen's age.
At the recent Sinquefield Cup chess tournament (St. Louis, MO), Carlsen and
Levon Aronian the world's top-ranked chess players, joined the two top-ranked
U.S. players, Haraku Nakamura and Gata Kamsky, for a round-robin competition.
True to Salthouse's findings, the players' scores correlated negatively to their
Carlsen: 22 years old - won 4.5 games out of 6 (A half game results from a
Haraku Nakamura: 25 - 3.5
Levon Aronian: 30 - 2.5
Gata Kamsky: 38 - 1.5
So should chess grandmasters retire at 23?
"No," says Paul McGlothin, president of LivingTheCRWay.com and instructor of
online classes for cognitive improvement. "Science shows that people can get rid
of the brain fog they experience as they get older." If Viswanathan Anand walked
in the door and asked how to get an edge for the upcoming match, McGlothin would
first ask him to visit a doctor and have a thorough physical exam.
With his doctor's OK, one idea Anand would be advised to explore is blood sugar
management. Research suggests that keeping blood glucose at healthful levels
improves short-term intellectual performance and protects against age-related
decline of critical parts of the brain that are important for memory and
decision making. Further: A pre-game exercise regimen, planned for Anand, could
help him relax and improve concentration.
Who wins the world chess championship may not matter to some people, but
maintaining a healthy brain interests nearly everyone. People need their brains
to function well for everything from remembering names to excelling at work. The
same principles Anand can apply to retaining the world chess championship are
helpful for any endeavor.
* Salthouse TA. When does age-related cognitive decline begin? Neurobiology of
Aging. 2009 Apr;30(4):507-14. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2008.09.023.
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