Knowing a solution is at hand is a huge advantage… Uncertainty is far more challenging.
Solving a problem that you know has a solution may require knowledge, but it is knowledge that already exists. Unfortunately – or, if you prefer, fortunately – many of the problems that are worth solving, that need to be solved, don’t come with that level of certainty. In his book, How Life Imitates Chess (which, by […]
Last summer I picked up Chessmaster The Art of Learning for the PSP to take with me on my frequent business trips. One of the things that adds extra value to this game is the involvement of Josh Waitzkin. (You may remember Josh as the subject of book, and film, Searching For Bobby Fischer.) On […]
I came across the following quote from author Vladimir Nabakov, used in Edmonds’ and Eidinow’s book Bobby Fischer Goes to War: There is nothing abnormal about a chess player being abnormal. This is normal. Just seemed like something I should post.
If Fischer were indeed autistic, how would his life – and the history of chess, among other things – have been different if he had been diagnosed when he was young? If he had been provided the treatment and services that are typically demanded today for Asperger’s diagnoses, would he have had the impact he did? Would he have been able to have that impact, or would that ability have been “treated” out of him?
Remember at the end of the early-80’s movie, War Games, when Matthew Broderick’s character David showed the WOPR how to play tic-tac-toe, and then how the WOPR learned the futility of global thermonuclear war by comparing it to tic-tac-toe? And how WOPR (or Joshua) then commented on the futility of a game that can not […]
I am just about finished reading Garry Kasparov‘s 2007 book, How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves – from the Board to the Boardroom, and have been holding off on posting anything about the book until I do get to the end. But the following passage, starting on page 183, caught my eye as […]