- Jul 15, 2009
- Medical Student
Pretty fascinating, if you ask me. It's been characterized in chess players, but does this behavioral tendency also occur in other fields, like medicine/surgery? I think it would be unlikely, and you'd hope not, because a human life is so much more important than a chess match. On one hand, the physician is prepared enough to prevent it from happening... but on the other hand, certain procedures do entail time constraints as well as complicating and unforeseen factors that may arise from operating on a human body (i.e. the unpredictability of the other chess player's move). Opinions?In chess, Kotov syndrome is a phenomenon first described in Alexander Kotov's 1971 book Think Like a Grandmaster. It occurs when a player thinks very hard for a long time in a complicated position, but does not find a clear path. The player then notices he is running low on time, and so quickly makes a move, often a terrible one that was not analyzed at all, and so loses the game. Once so described, many players have agreed that the process is very common.