Can we process chess positions faster in 2D or in 3D? - An experiment

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6/7/2022 – German WGM Jana Schneider is conducting an experiment on cognitive perception for her bachelor’s thesis at the University of Würzburg. The question is whether one can process chess positions faster in 2D or 3D. If you would like to take part, you can find out more here! | Photo: Frank Hoppe

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I am currently conducting a study for my bachelor’s thesis in cognitive psychology at the University of Würzburg. The experiment is about the different perception of chess positions in 2D and 3D representations.

The question: Can we process and judge chess positions faster in 2D or in 3D?

I am happy to hear from anyone who would like to support my research and take part in the experiment!

How can you participate?

Just click on the following link or open the link in an internet browser:

The experiment should then open automatically.

*Attention* - You can only participate once. If you try to open the link more than once, the link may no longer work. In that case, please contact me by mail.

Who can participate?

To participate, you must be at least 18 years old. You should know the rules of chess and not be visually or colour impaired.

What do you need for the experiment?

You need an electronic device with a keyboard (e.g. laptop, *not a mobile phone*) and an internet connection.

How long does it take?

Depending on your speed, the experiment should take about 25 to 35 minutes.

What do I gain from your participation?

In order to draw scientific conclusions for my questions, I need as many people as possible to participate in my experiment. With your participation, you can support my bachelor’s thesis and the research on the cognitive foundations of chess.

What do you get out of taking part?

Vouchers for Euroschach Versand worth a total of 300 euros will be raffled off among all participants. Psychology students in Würzburg can also be credited with 0.5 subject hours instead. Regardless of this, you will be shown an evaluation of your own results at the end of the experiment. You can see whether you were faster or better in the 2D or 3D representations.

What are the results of the study?

If you are interested in the results of the study or have questions about my bachelor’s thesis or the experiment, please contact me by email to

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