Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. Dieren, Holland
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    28 Oct '02 19:23
    Sin,

    You expressed my thought precisely!
    Euwe was a math-teacher when he became WC (in 1935) and went on
    teaching math for many years after that.
    In fact he was the last amature-WC!
  2. Joined
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    28 Oct '02 21:57
    Adolf Anderssen (19th century) was a math teacher as well.

    But that does not mean that I belive in a causal relationship between
    being good in math and good in chess or vice versa. I think it is more
    a positive correlation, through intelligence, ambition, intuition, hard
    work, etc..
  3. Virginia
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    28 Oct '02 23:02
    As a brief aside, Philidor was known for music having had around 20
    operas to his credit. Of course, there is thought to be a connection
    between mathematics and music as well.
    -ww-
  4. Donationrwingett
    Ming the Merciless
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    29 Oct '02 01:31
    All you have done is to point out a high correlation between people who are good at math and
    science, and people who play chess. You have failed to demonstrate a causal relationship between
    the two. Instead of dottering oafs being turned into brilliant scientists by playing chess, it may be
    the case that people who are good at math/science might simply be more predisposed to play
    chess in the first place.
  5. Donationbelgianfreak
    stitching you up
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    28 Oct '02 23:35
    I couldn't agree more. I struggled with maths (but never sciences or
    music) at school, and I now know it was becasue I wasn't taught some
    of the basic principles... ever tried to build a tower with the bottom
    floor missing.

    Same goes from languages too. I remeber sitting through lessons
    feeling stupid because I didn't understand verb tables. It only occured
    to me when I was an adult that I couldn't know what the pluperfect
    tense was because noone had never told me what it was.

    If a child doesn't know something that he/she is expected to know
    they feel like it's because they are stupid, and therefore can't and
    never will be able to do it. So they stop trying.
  6. Donationrwingett
    Ming the Merciless
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    28 Oct '02 12:16
    Schliemann will lead us to victory.
  7. Standard memberSchliemann
    The Diplomat
    Slightly Left :D
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    29 Oct '02 01:38
    Huh??

    Dave
  8. Donationrwingett
    Ming the Merciless
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    28 Oct '02 12:11
    Ernie Banks. Barry Bonds will probably join that list now. Oops, sorry,
    wrong sport.
  9. Standard memberSchliemann
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    28 Oct '02 13:54
    No ring for Barry!!

    Ha!

    Anaheim wins!!

    Dave
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