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ON CHESS Training by itself can't trump genius

What are we to think of the strikingly anti-elitist 1926 declaration by Emanuel Lasker, who reigned as world chess champion for almost 27 years? "Take any boy," he said, "any boy fairly intelligent and fairly healthy, and you can make a chess prodigy of him - or any other sort of prodigy." In more recent [...]

By |January 8th, 2011|news|Comments Off on ON CHESS Training by itself can't trump genius

ON CHESS Practice – lots of it – makes the pro

The "10,000-hour rule" has become part of contemporary discourse since its treatment in the best-selling book The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. The rule, based on a study by Anders Ericsson, says that violinists, composers, artists and even criminals achieved success after an average of 10,000 hours of acquiring and practicing their professional skills. In 1926, [...]

By |January 2nd, 2011|news|Comments Off on ON CHESS Practice – lots of it – makes the pro

ON CHESS Standouts talentedbut not amazingly so

Perhaps the best overall statement on the psychology of the chess player is found in a small book published in Moscow in 1926: The Psychology of Chess Play by D'yakov, Petrovsky and Rudik. A summary is provided in the 1965 book Soviet Chess by D.J. Richards. The object of a study cited in both books [...]

By |December 25th, 2010|news|Comments Off on ON CHESS Standouts talentedbut not amazingly so

ON CHESS Phenom forsaking usual title route

Chess and other competitive heroes often fight their most difficult battles away from the playing area. So it might be for Magnus Carlsen, whose ascent to the top of the chess pyramid has been seemingly effortless - until now. The 19-year-old prodigy has publicly waded into the murky realm of chess politics. He has announced [...]

By |November 27th, 2010|news|Comments Off on ON CHESS Phenom forsaking usual title route

ON CHESS Game never ceases to be contagious

Chess has attracted a growing number of adherents in its 1,500 years or so of existence. Virtually every country in the world has chess players and a chess federation. Electronic games come and go, but chess continues to gain popularity. As a camp leader for nine years, I've learned that the game is simply contagious. [...]

By |November 13th, 2010|game|Comments Off on ON CHESS Game never ceases to be contagious