Originally posted by Fat LadyIt appears to me to be the difference between knowing and being able to put that
Steve Giddins, the chess author and blogger, is a jerk. However his blog often contains interesting chess news hidden amongst the bile, so I check it once a week or so.
Anyway, he has written a review of a new book by the British International Master, Jonathan Hawkins. The book is called called "Amateur to IM" and I intend to buy it as soon as it's avail ...[text shortened]... ' review:
Originally posted by robbie carrobieThat seems to be what its all about. I've been reading and playing chess for over 20 years now and with the help of a computer program I could most likely come across as a strong player on the internet. I have a good, all round education in chess theory. But can I put it into practice? No.
It appears to me to be the difference between knowing and being able to put that
knowledge into practice.
Originally posted by greenpawn34This is an interesting statement. I think it was Kasparov who said that chess is "mental torchure". At the amateur level, this kind of dedication could ruin the simple enjoyment of it.
Getting a grade of up to 2500 would mean taking the game (and myself)
far too seriously.
Originally posted by Pacifiquethere are certain things that we can deduce from the statement,
How many of us will have a motivation to work on our chess so hard, like Hawkins did?
Originally posted by greenpawn34The body builder says "NO PAIN NO GAIN". I have never been ready to endure the pain. Also it is necessary to keep to a schedule, deny yourself certain foods, take many nutrition suppliments, and sometime even use anabolic steroids to become a champion.
Hi Fat Lady
Agree when SG sticks to chess he's OK.
It's the same as anything. If you really want something and are prepared
to do the hard work then it will happen.
The lad Hawkins has obviously put his nose to the grindstone to become a
very good player.
It's the hard work bit that scares most people off.
I wonder how many will buy the boo ames to see a win of
his not in the Battle of Chess Idea. I'm going to blog it.