Summary: Chess is a good model to study high-level human brain functions (e.g., spatial cognition, memory, planning, leaning and problem solving). Recent studies have demonstrated that non-invasive MRI techniques are valuable for researchers to investigate the underlying neural mechanism of chess. For professional chess players (e.g., chess grand masters and masters or GM/Ms), what are the structural and functional alterations due to longtime professional practice, and how these alterations relate to their behavior are largely veiled. Here, we report a multimodal MRI dataset of 29 professional Chinese chess players, most of which are GM/Ms, and 29 age and sexually well-matched novices. We hope that the public availability of this dataset would provide researchers new materials to further explore high-level functions of human brains.

This dataset includes:

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This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation (Grant Nos. 81030027, 81401477, 81227002 and 81220108013), National Key Technologies R&D Program (Program No. 2012BAI01B03) and Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University (PCSIRT, Grant No.IRT1272) of China.


Data Release Table

rawData.chess.LiteNIFTI rawData.control.LiteNIFTI qaReports
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QA Extras rfMRI Control 0028297-0028304 QA Extras rfMRI Control 0028305-0028312 QA Extras rfMRI Control 0028313-0028320 QA Extras rfMRI Control 0028321-0028325
QA Extras MPRAGE Chess 0028197-0028206 QA Extras MPRAGE Chess 0028207-0028216 QA Extras MPRAGE Chess 0028217-0028225
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QA Extras DTI Chess 0028197-0028206 QA Extras DTI Chess 0028207-0028216 QA Extras DTI Chess 0028217-0028225
QA Extras DTI Control 0028297-0028306 QA Extras DTI Control 0028307-0028316 QA Extras DTI Control 0028317-0028325