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January 3rd, 2013

Russian Scientific Documentary about the Super Brain of Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk

Super Brain of Chess Queen Alexandra KosteniukWe were able to get hold of the 27-minute Russian scientific documentary produced for the Russian TV channel “Russia 2″ last month and called “Супер Мозг” = “Super Brain”. The game of chess is used to show how the brain works. The video features 12th Women’s World Chess Champion and Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk, who goes through several scientific experiments, including a brain tomography while solving a chess problem. Experiments are also conducted with male GM Alexander Riazantsev to see if there are any differences between men’s and women’s brains. There are differences. The video is in Russian, note that you can use the “subtitles” feature of YouTube, it’s wonderful, the subtitles are translated on the fly, mouse over the arrow in the bottom right of the player and then choose the CC option to see the captions menu. Once you do, you will see the default language and the ability to “translated” the captions. Once you click on “translate,” you will be able to choose from 35 different languages.

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26 Responses to “Russian Scientific Documentary about the Super Brain of Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk”

  1. samuel hunt says:

    woudl love to read the english subtitles when it comes available. My dissertation research is about comparing chess and exercise and its effects on neurogenesis.

  2. Valerie Polyakova says:

    Hi Alexandra..
    Enjoyed watching the video. Fascinating! Have a friend who could do subtitles, but not sure if he would take on the project for free. Something to be discussed.. I still feel I can do this translation.. if you still need one that is. If not my friend, maybe someone else could do the subtitles given the transcript.

    Valerie
    @wordsltd on twitter

    • chessqueen says:

      Hi Valerie!
      Thanks for your message, yes please contact me at chessqueen@me.com and we may be able to arrange something for the translation. I have the transcript.
      Talk to you soon!
      Alexandra

  3. Garth, France says:

    Wow

  4. Keith Larkins, Manchester says:

    absolutely awesome i would say – i got the drift

  5. Keith Larkins, Manchester says:

    Intro I guess: Chess was an ingenious invention by mankind on this black and white field the best minds have been fighting for more than half a thousand years and just 32 pieces on 64 squares have given us extraordinary variety of game with combinations of chess games more than the stars in the universe.

  6. srinivas says:

    Chess Princess is sooooooo cute – I liked the Chess Queen blindfold and the overall video presentation. very interesting.

  7. alexis cochran, nz says:

    FANTASTIC — AWESOME BEST EVER VIDEO OF CHESS QUEEN

  8. sebastian wolff, washington says:

    Alexandra Kosteniuk – the Chess Goddess – Love you. Your contribution to chess is priceless

  9. Marion Aver, Berlin says:

    ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL what a fantastic video and that saying I don’t understand Russian. Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk you are amazing!

  10. ANDRE MARCEL, BARCELONA says:

    Technically I wouldn’t understand Russian to save my life, but this documentary is so well made and Chess Queen is so expressive that I could understand much of the video. Chess Queen – you are an orator! Have you examined this secret self of yourself (along with your photography, poetry, and culinary skills – apart from the chess of course) :)

  11. ANDRE MARCEL, BARCELONA says:

    But I would like some clarification about that bit about how men and women think chess differently :)

  12. anonymous says:

    whoa whoa whoa

  13. Saira Fernandes, madrid says:

    That is a most amazing, brilliant video. For those who don’t understand English just turn on the captions on the Youtube video – the first icon at the bottom of the screen – and you can enjoy the video by understanding most of it until the official translation arrives. It’s an amazing video. I watched it already three times. So indeed men and women think differently in chess. WOW. What an experiment.

  14. JL vienna says:

    Most fascinating – GM KOSTENIUK YOU ARE MATCHLESS

  15. Kara says:

    Superb video. It is interesting that men and women solve the same chess problems but different parts of their brains light up as shown in the docu – very interesting. i also liked the part where Alexandra is able to remember exact when the chessboard is laid like a game but not when it is random that really shows that chess thinking is so organised. amazing documentary i would say and of course they got the best STAR to feature ;)

  16. Uri Blass says:

    I do not understand russian but I have some comments:
    1)Difference between one man and one woman does not prove difference between men’s and women’s brains and it is possible that you could get similiar results if you test 2 men or 2 women.

    2)I do not understand what are the differences in the video because I do not understand russian.

    Maybe it is possible to understand something without understanding russian(but it is boring to try to watch something in russian only because maybe I can understand
    something).

    3)I do not understand comment number 13.
    ” For those who don’t understand English just turn on the captions on the Youtube video – the first icon at the bottom of the screen – and you can enjoy the video by understanding most of it until the official translation arrives.”

    Is it for people who do not understand russian?
    Is there some official translation to english in the video?

  17. Uri Blass says:

    I see now that it is possible to have translation to english and it seem comment number 13 is for people who do not understand the ukraine language.

  18. Amrit puri, knights chess club, new delhi says:

    french greek russian hebrew… any language… if Chess Queen Alexandra kosteniuk is in the video then I understand everything. fantastic video Chess Queen. You have the best Chess Blog and Chess YouTube channel in the world.

  19. R7-Android Super 17 says:

    is true, the subtitles are needed

  20. José says:

    The subtitles are available in you tube in the corner bottom right, activate subtitles (first icon)

  21. Alexandre S. says:

    will the subtitles in english be available anytime soon?

    • Amrit puri, knights chess club, new delhi says:

      use the auto subtitles button at the base of the youtube window alexandre it’s just a click

  22. sanjay says:

    nice video but pls translate in english for other country viewers
    sanjay k
    india

    • chessqueen says:

      YouTube has a free “Subtitles Translation Service”. Using Google’s Translate service, the captions can be auto-translated in multiple languages. To use the new feature, mouse over the arrow in the bottom right of the player and then choose the CC option to see the captions menu. Once you do, you will see the default language and the ability to “translated” the captions. Once you click on “translate,” you will be able to choose from 35 different languages.

  23. Jason Bourne says:

    the subtitles work great i checked with several languages