Originally posted by finnegan
I was playing an opponent rated about 1150 and noticed he had played some 11,500 games and had about 170 in progress. I went to the player tables and ranked players to see the top thirty movers. Apart from Caissad4 rated over 2000 and certainly a good player, all the rest were rated below 1700.
In the book Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell says that it ...[text shortened]... you top players who presently kick sand in my face; now it looks like that may be harder to do.
In _The Sports Gene_ (2013), David Epstein makes an interesting comparison
between two exceptional high jumpers, Stefan Holm (only 181 cm tall),
who (arguably) trained harder than any other high jumper in history, and
Donald Thomas, a 'natural' athlete who won the world championship after
little training and has been unable to improve since then.
You should not believe everything that Malcolm Gladwell writes.
As far as I can recall, I think that his hypothesis about why students
of East Asian heritage tend to excel in mathematics is severely flawed.