Originally posted by Roper300
No, you don't need natural talent to be good at chess.
You need natural talent to be Carlsen but anyone can play good chess.
Chess at it's core is a simple game ruled by simple "principles".
Once you understand them you can play good chess.
Let us first establish what is good chess.Let's say playing at a current 2200 Elo level is considered good chess.
Ok,now I can disagree with you
To be Carlsen you need talent,a good memory and the character to do the labour.
Chess is not such a simple game.There's people who will never be any good at it,no matter how they try.
Besides,you always need talent to be good at something.
Intelligence has nothing to do with it,that I agree with.