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A stunning optical illusion shows two rows of chess pieces of the SAME color

A BRAIN-destroying optical illusion in which two rows of chess pieces are the same color has viewers scratching their heads.

The barely believable image was uploaded to Twitter by Tom Chivers, causing confusion among social media users.

A stunning optical illusion shows two rows of chess pieces the SAME color - but your eyes won't believe it

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A stunning optical illusion shows two rows of chess pieces the SAME color – but your eyes won’t believe itPhoto credit: Twitter/Tom Chivers

The illusion is titled: “The top and bottom chess sets are the same color.”

At first glance, the image appears to be anything but, with white stones in the top row and black stones in the bottom row on a shaded background.

However, you will be forgiven for being taken aback when told that this incredible illusion actually features two sets of pieces of the exact same color.

How is this possible, you might ask?

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The answer is that the image is a perceptual illusion, meaning our brains end up tricking us.

Our mind can only see the picture as a whole – taking into account the background colors as well as the chess piece colors.

Since our memory automatically reverts to what we know about light and dark chess pieces, we assume that’s what we’re looking at.

However, if you save the image and change the background to a solid gray color, you will see that all the chess pieces are merged to prove they are the same color.

This happens because your mind doesn’t have to account for the background shading, meaning the perceptual illusion is broken.

In a comment, Chivers said the brain is good at identifying two sets of colors in “most situations,” but this breaks down in optical illusions.

The wacky image was originally created by Barton L. Andersen and Jonathan Winawer.

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