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Are chess players normal?


  • 2 years ago · Quote · #1

    onthehouse

    Russian novelist and chess composer, Vladimir Nabokov, was once quoted as saying of chess players, "There is nothing abnormal about a chess player being abnormal. This is normal." What do you think?

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #2

    Crazychessplaya

    They all crazy.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #3

    WhitePawn

    There is no such thing as a normal human.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #4

    NimzoRoy

    Do I look normal to  you?

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #5

    Sherlock__Holmes

    May be there are some normal, but i am not.

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #6

    KarlPilkington

    I'm normal.  I move wooden pieces around a board.

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #7

    e4nf3

    "Normal" is too wide of a distribution. Could you narrow it down a bit?

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #8

    Zen

    I don't think any stereotypically "normal" person would be attracted to chess. It all depends on how you define normal, though.

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #9

    JoseO

    Chess players are no different than other people who like to collect movie memorabilia, attend scifi conventions, fixup classic cars, etc.

    The problem has been that one or two great chess players have suffered some sort of mental illness and thus it creates a stereotype that playing too much high level chess will result in eccentric behavior.

    Examples would be Paul Morphy and Bobby Fischer who are considered some of the best chess players in history yet suffered from mental illness at some point in their lives.

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #10

    ivandh

    Grandmasters have a lot of norms so I guess they are normal...

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #11

    onthehouse

    So as Forrest Gump might say,"Normal is as normal does"?

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #12

    bcoburn2

    it is not normal to claim to be abnormal - so if you claim to be not normal -

    whatever-

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #13

    windows96

    most of them, but the higher branch possesses more insanity, Fischer for example

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #14

    nameno1had

    Would someone care to share the eptiome of normal?

    I have a feeling no one is exactly like it, except for the one individual who was used as a crash test dummy...

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #15

    Bunnytheolive

    "normal" is all relatively defined...i like to consider us all "special"...lol

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #16

    nameno1had

    I like whatever is convenient for me... lol

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #17

    CalamityChristie

    Vladimir Nabokov was talking out of his ass. Oh wait, lots more posts just above actually vindicate him!

    i stand corrected!

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #18

    nameno1had

    JoseO wrote:

    Chess players are no different than other people who like to collect movie memorabilia, attend scifi conventions, fixup classic cars, etc.

    The problem has been that one or two great chess players have suffered some sort of mental illness and thus it creates a stereotype that playing too much high level chess will result in eccentric behavior.

    Examples would be Paul Morphy and Bobby Fischer who are considered some of the best chess players in history yet suffered from mental illness at some point in their lives.

    If only people realized eccentricity is generally made manifest through one's pursuits and not the other way around, the world would be a somewhat better place...

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #19

    antioxidant

    sanitygoes this way <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>.UNDER NORMAL CONDITIONS WE ARE NORMAL BUT UNDER ABNORMAL CONDITIONS ITS HARD TO BE NORMAL AS WE ARE GOVERNED BY EMOTIONS BEFORE IT GOES TO THE CENTRAL PROCESSING OF THE BRAIN.

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #20

    antioxidant

    SANITY GOES BACKWARD,INSANITY GOES FORWARD,UNDER NORMAL  CONDITIONS WE CHOSE TO BE NORMAL BUT UNDER PRESSURE WE TEND TO BE ABNORMAL..WE ARE ALL GOVERN BY EMOTIONS, THINKING PROCESS REACH UP EMOTIONS MORE EASILY THAN TO THE CENTRAL THINKING PROCESS


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