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There’s a theory that playing chess from a young age develops certain parts of a child’s brain develop quicker than normal, especially areas relating to strategy. We explore this in our new release book GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ.

Children playing chess; London Chess Classic: the chess set come to Britain

English primary school children play chess. 

In our international thriller series The Orphan Trilogy, our fititious orphans play rapid-fire matches known as Lightning Chess in which entire games are completed in 10 minutes or less. Playing Lightning Chess and multiple games (of chess) simultaneously relates to thinking so fast that the conscious mind must yield to the superior subconscious — another intelligence-enhancing technique.

It has been recognized by many observers that chess players often have very high IQ’s and seem to exhibit many of the telltale signs of genius.

What does it do to a child’s brain to play chess from a young age?

Nobody knows for sure and test results remain inconclusive to date. No doubt it is a difficult thing to study precisely given it requires studying young chess players over years if not decades.

Experimental results, however, have been collected from the likes of the Grandmaster Eugene Torre Chess Institute, in the Philippines, and the United States Chess Federation as well as other chess schools around the world. All these bodies agree that playing the board game increases intellect in young people.

Plus a few small studies have also shown that chess players develop better memories, verbal skills, mathematical abilities as well as healthier problem-solving skills and imaginations than the average person.

For example, a 1995 research study on chess and students was conducted by American cardiologist Dr. Robert Ferguson. It showed that chess improves a child’s critical thinking skills. Ferguson’s subjects, who were all school students aged between 11 and 14, improved their test results by 17% on average after becoming proficient chess players.

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Chess champ Bobby Fischer started playing at age six.

An article that appears on the neuroscience and brain health website Examined Existence provides further insights into the potential link between chess and high intelligence.

Headlined Does Playing Chess Make You Smarter?, the report boldly states that chess definitely improves IQ.

The article states, “According to a study conducted in Venezuela, results have shown that children who took chess classes for 4½ months have increased their IQ points. This conclusion is also backed up by a 2003 study of Murray Thompson, a Ph.D. Education student at the Flinders University in Australia. In his research, participants who played chess also demonstrated improved IQ levels. Thompson ascribes this to the concentration and logical thinking a chess game calls for.”

The Examined Existence article also mentions that chess can improve mental abilities in adults as well, including the elderly. “Chess has proven to be highly effective in protecting the elderly from neuro-degenerative conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”


To read more about chess and brain development check out GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ


GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ (The Underground Knowledge Series Book 1)


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Hypnotism is one way to achieve accelerated learning and optimum mental performance, and to prime the mind for intense concentration – as many scientific studies have shown. The technique as been used by countless renowned figures spanning numerous fields of expertise.

Hypnotherapy in Bristol with Hypnotherapist Sarah Mortimer

Albert Einstein was known to do hypnosis sessions every afternoon. The German-born theoretical physicist’s great theory of relativity discovery entered his mind during one of those sessions, and he used the hypnotic trance state to develop many of his other theories and formulas.

American inventor Thomas Edison used hypnotism on a regular basis – self-hypnosis in fact.

In Britain, Princess Diana utilized hypnosis to improve her public speaking skills, while Sir Winston Churchill was given post-hypnotic suggestions so he could stave off tiredness and endure long periods without sleep throughout WW2.

Several great classical music composers were hypnotism devotees. They include Seigei Rachmaninoff who, after a post-hypnotic suggestion given by early hypnosis specialist Nikolai Dahl, composed his much loved Second Piano Concerto; Mozart also used hypnotism as a creative aid and his opera Cosi Fan Tutte was entirely composed in a hypnotic trance.

Mozart…an early adopter of hypnosis.

Nineteenth Century British poet Lord Alfred Tennyson was known to regularly write poems in a hypnotic state.

While writing the feature film screenplay of Rocky, the then-unknown Sylvester Stallone used self-hypnosis tapes to boost willpower and creativity. Later, during each day of filming Rocky, in 1975, Stallone worked with well-regarded hypnotherapist Gil Boyne to help ensure the movie would become the blockbuster it turned out to be.

Continuing with the boxing theme, in Mike Tyson’s 2013 autobiography Undisputed Truth, Tyson mentions how he used hypnotism and self-hypnotism throughout his career, and specifically before each fight. He partly attributes this to his success in becoming a two-time World Heavyweight champion.

Tyson cites French psychologist Émile Coué’s self-hynotism methods, including autosuggestion, as being amongst those he used.

Coué’s 1922 book Self-Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion is recommended further reading on the subject of self-hypnotism.

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Another famous athlete to use hypnosis for sports performance is Tiger Woods. The man who is arguably the greatest golf player of all time has been practicing hypnosis – both with a hypnotist and giving himself hypnotic suggestions – since his early teens. This period of his life was also when he started his extensive mental training with family friend and psychologist Dr. Jay Brunza.

Besides Tyson and Woods, another major sports star to have regularly used hypnosis during his career was Michael Jordan. The basketball legend was hypnotized before every game to enhance his mental focus. Furthermore, the entire Chicago Bulls team, which won six NBA championships during Jordan’s reign of supremacy in the 1990’s, incorporated hypnotherapy in their pregame routine to gain a psychological advantage over their opponents.

Jordan…hypnotized before games.


Subliminal education

Closely aligned with hypnosis are subliminal messages, which the latest research suggests may also have the potential to instruct the subconscious mind and access higher intelligence. Indeed, some hypnotists have been known to incorporate subliminal messages in hypnotic audio recordings made for clients or the public at large.

Subliminal messages – also known as subliminals – are probably more controversial and slightly less proven than hypnosis, however.

Subliminals are any sensory stimuli that occur below an individual’s threshold of conscious awareness. What this means is messages can be sent to your mind without you being aware of the fact.

Subliminal messaging is nothing new of course. The technique has been around at least since the advent of radio and television when subliminal advertising reared its ugly head, and by the late 20th Century a whole host of scientific studies had concluded subliminals were not remotely effective.

However, more recent studies have shown the reverse. Science may be beginning to show just how effective subliminals can be.

For example, new studies involving functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) have revealed that subliminals activate crucial regions of the brain including the hippocampus, the amygdala, the primary visual cortex and the insular cortex.


To read more about hypnosis and accelerated learning check out GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ


GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ (The Underground Knowledge Series Book 1)

To view the discussion thread on genius intelligence (the phenomenon) in our ‘Underground Knowledge’ group on Goodreads check out:—a-discussion-group >>> Everyone’s welcome!



Studies have shown that all individuals have a certain amount of dormant or underdeveloped brain areas. (Every human brain ever mapped scientifically has shown at least some inactive cells and neurons). This area of neuroscience, especially concerning little known brain glands, may hold the answer as to why we only use such a small percentage of our brains.

We explore the intriguing phenomenon that is brain gland activation in our new release bestseller GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ. An excerpt from this book follows…

Important and often dormant, semi-dormant or underutilized brain glands include fairly well known ones like the pineal gland. This powerful gland, which has been known about since ancient times, is said to be well developed in most persons of high intellect and produces the serotonin-derived hormone melatonin.

Less reported glands and interrelated areas of the brain include the pituitary (nicknamed the body’s master gland), which controls most other hormone-secreting glands, the thalamus (necessary for planning and decision-making), the amygdala, which can bypass thought and instantly react, the hippocampus (one of the only areas of the brain where neurogenesis or the birthing of new neurons can occur) and the hypothalamus (crucial for memory and learning).

In our international thriller series The Orphan Trilogy, we show how all these parts of the brain can be stimulated into activity in a variety of ways, including magnetism.

As we wrote in book two in the trilogy: “Rare earth magnets were embedded inside each helmet for the purpose of activating certain brain glands. Glands that were dormant in the average person.”

Neuromagnetic helmets and similar brain stimulation technologies are not just confined to the realms of fiction.

A neuromagnetic signal generator.

Transcranial direct current stimulation, or TDCS, is one type of brain stimulation technique used in the real world. It’s carried out by applying a helmet or cap to the individual’s head. TDCS targets specific parts of the brain with low voltage electrical currents. This allows for the alteration of electrical states of neurons in targeted areas of the brain.

TDCS is in its infancy, but early studies have shown it enhances motor skills, memory recall and concentration. As a result, the US military now employs TDCS to assist fighter pilots, snipers and other personnel.

In a BBC news article dated July 22, 2014, TDCS is explored in relation to making sleep-learning possible. “In the near future, technology may offer further ways of upgrading the brain’s sleep cycles. Memory consolidation is thought to occur during specific, slow, oscillations of electrical activity, so the idea here is to subtly encourage those brain waves without waking the subject.

“Jan Born, at the University of Tubingen,” the article continues, “has been at the forefront of these experiments. In 2004, he found that he could help amplify those signals using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), which passes a small electric current across the skull, successfully improving his subjects’ performance on a verbal memory test.”

In 2013, several TDCS inventions became commercially available to the public for the first time.

Leading UK newspaper The Guardian ran an article on February 5, 2014 under the heading Can an electronic headset make you a better video gamer? The article mentions a specific device that “uses the principles of tDCS – transcranial direct current stimulation – sending a small current of between 0.8 and 2.0mA through the prefrontal cortex through electrodes positioned on your forehead.”

Although the technology is still being refined, many video gamers all over the world are reporting increased mental concentration and better performance. This bodes well for other types of mental exercises – like academic study for example – especially as the TDCS devices become more honed.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is a similar non-invasive brain enhancement technology except it uses magnets instead of electricity. TMS’s magnetic fields are capable of altering neurons in targeted areas of the brain.

TMS in action.

Neuromagnetic helmets and similar devices have been nicknamed ‘zap caps’ and preliminary studies show they have the potential to improve brain function in numerous ways.

Another article that ran in The Guardian nicely summarized a recent scientific study that proves TMS’s positive influences on the brain. The August 2014 article states that “memory can be boosted by using a magnetic field to stimulate part of the brain, a study has shown. The effect lasts at least 24 hours after the stimulation is given, improving the ability of volunteers to remember words linked to photos of faces.”

The Guardian article quotes Dr Joel Voss, from Northwestern University, in Chicago, as saying: “We show for the first time that you can specifically change memory functions of the brain in adults without surgery or drugs, which have not proven effective. This non-invasive stimulation improves the ability to learn new things.”

TMS technologies stimulate the brain.

The latest studies also show that TMS can specifically stimulate the hippocampus, which oversees and directs the entire brain including crucial glands. Formerly it was believed the hippocampus was too deeply embedded in the brain to be stimulated by TMS. However, scientists have recently discovered the hippocampus can be stimulated indirectly via connected brain structures within the reach of TMS’s magnetic fields.

Another potential method of increasing activity in specific brain glands like the pituitary is by ingesting an unusual substance called Ormus. (See Chapter 11 for more on Ormus).


To read more about brain gland activation check out GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ:



To view the discussion thread on genius intelligence (the phenomenon) in our ‘Underground Knowledge’ group on Goodreads check out:—a-discussion-group >>> Everyone’s welcome!