Originally posted by robbie carrobie
yes that may have been the case, however i don't even think there is a definition of chess talent, and its certainly not genetic as no world champion to date has produced a 'talented', off spring.
Of course the Polgar sisters are famous for all being good at chess and i don't suspect its just a coincidence that by the time Susan was nine her fa ...[text shortened]... ters developed a finely honed instinct for finding the positionally correct move though. 🙂
they also drilled the polgar bricks. as well as everything else. 🙂
I think anand was talking about motivation, not being against practice itself. I have no doubt that he did his legwork, just like fischer & capablanca. and even if the myth of capa not having a learning curve gets told a billion times, it's still just hogwash. of course he trained like everybody else. miracles don't exist, the knowledge and routines don't just magically appear in one's neural net. the connections and related neural reorganization must be laborously forced into it by a heavy and long term training regime. just like all other complex skills. the master cellist didn't become a master without countless hours of drilling, the best guitar/bass players do daily finger exercises, the opera divas drill scales.
even having a perfect memory doesn't really help. the autistically inclined memory monsters do not dominate the top levels of chess. it's not enough to recall every position you ever saw.
that said, of course playing itself is also a form of drilling. but you can bet your nuts on that every 'carlsen' of the world has done a LOT of work on technical matters. it has not been just fun & games.
of kasparov we know he's a workaholic. the soviets in general approached chess as a scientific discipline, not a pass-time. there was no fooling around in a soviet chess academy. larry christiansen went through his reinfeld sacs until the book wore physically out. fischer obsessed about it until he went nuts. every single one of those guys has obsessed about training on the level that none of us has even touched. and that's why they got good. they had the mental toughness of working through all of it.