The Effect of Psychedelics On The Chess Player

Should LSD and Psilocybin be banned from chess tournaments?

Alexandre Porto
Cabbanis

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Chess is a great game for introspection. Playing chess is an exercise of decision-making and problem-solving. Each move invites the player to go deeper into themselves and investigate their thoughts. With the advent of chess theory and chess software that are capable of quantifying the performance of the chess player, we can use chess as a window to the mind of the player. With this in mind, what would happen if we analyzed the games of players who consumed a psychedelic substance like LSD or psilocybin?

How would a chess player react to a high dose of a psychedelic drug?

Would the mystical experience help or would it hurt the player’s ability to play the game?

How can psychedelics improve chess performance and how can chess help psychonauts have safer, more meaningful, and more therapeutic psychedelic experiences?

We asked four players about their experience playing during a psychedelic trip. I posted some of the results in the following video:

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Alexandre Porto
Cabbanis

Pieces of the integral man. Specialist in the responsible use of psychedelics. https://t.me/perrella