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MatPlus.Net Forum General Does mental illness help in chess composition?
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(1) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 07:06]

Does mental illness help in chess composition?

We have there, for example, Ernest Pogosyants, who was tortured by the KGB for criticising Alexander Shelepin, which resulted in medical experiments giving him insomnia.

As another example we have Leopold Mitrofanov, who became victim of the Leningrad genocide by the Wehrmacht in 1942 (alias "Leningrad blockade") and while still surviving never got a normal physical development, especially having to fight with being rather small in size.

On the other hand we have people like A.C. White who never became victim of mental abuse and still were considered as belonging to the greatest chess composition enthusiasts of their time.

So, like in OTB, does it help to be mentally ill (see Bobby Fischer or Emil Joseph Diemer) or is there no influence of the mental health on chess and it is just a coincidence? After all, there are mentally healthy strong players like Kasparov was.

I don't know myself what I'm talking about, having given examples that it doesn't help, but it doesn't matter as it is April 1st anyways. So let the talk begin if there's something interesting, or else ignore the discussion.
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(2) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 15:24]

Well, any prisoner of war could tell you that chess composition
helps against mental illness. Otherwise, ERROR_N_TOO_SMALL.

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(3) Posted by shankar ram [Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 18:31]

Hmm... actually, my family and friends seemed to think that chess composition helps in mental illness! (after observing my preoccupation with it)
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(4) Posted by Jacques Rotenberg [Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 00:46]

I don't know if mental illness helps for chess composition, but for sure, mental health helps !
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(5) Posted by Olaf Jenkner [Saturday, Apr 24, 2010 23:26]

Look at this:
It's a pity that nobody of them composes chess problems.
Maybe they create a babson task with quenn, rook, bishop,
knight and grasshopper.
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(6) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Monday, May 3, 2010 16:06]

What actually Shankarram meant was that his family (friends some?) attributed his obsession to chess problems to mental illness !
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