A beautiful mind

A beautiful mind

May 10, 2016, 8:13 AM |

Hey everyone,

I would like to share with you the most interesting and best chess puzzle that has EVER been created.


If someone asks me: "What is the greatest achievment the human mind has ever performed", there are different ways to approaching the answer. It depends on what you like, where you come from and how you define a great mind. I am an economist from Germany, but I would instantly answer the question with Einstein's theory of relativity. The man simply possessed such an enourmous authority in what he did and he could look so far into the future. He was frighteningly intelligent. 

Well, some others will consider Carl Friedrich Gauß, if they consider mathematics. In literature, Shakespeare, Goethe, or even J.R.R Tolkien did influence their generation and many to come with their masterful work. It goes on. There were philosophers like Jean-Jack-Reasseau. Architects like Frank LLoyd Wright. And what about musicians? Have you heard of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? I did. But why are we always talking classical music, who thinks that Eminem's verses in "Rap God" are the greatest achievment of the mind? Steve Jobs? Elon Musk? Bill Gates? John Davison Rockefeller? Why don't we mention them as well. 

We can see that there is no right or wrong to either one of these names, but from my personal experience, most of you will probably settle for either a musician, a mathematician or a philosopher.

Do these three fields of study have something in common? If you would have to lable them with one word, which would it be?

Was it: "creativity"?

If so, you are thinking like I am. Nowadays, if you want to be a great mathematician, you have to do research in a field that NO ONE has ever researched before - it is not enough to recite the work of other great minds. You need to be creative.

If you are a philosopher, congratulations. But before you share your genius with me, have you read Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Kant? Are you truely as great as they were? Or are you greater. Try constructing Palaces who are made solely by thoughts on your own, like they have. Can you? To prove that, you need to be creative. 

If you can play a musical instrument, that is nice to hear! But do you have the perfect skills of Lang Lang, who got beaten up by his parents when he didn't want to practice 15, but only 14 hours a day. There is a small chance that you are the greatest musician ever. But why not write your own music. That's what people will remember you for. You need to be creative.

End of abstract.

Look at this man: 

This is British GM Jim Plaskett; chess composition author. I consider him to be genius due to the puzzle he has created. As chess combines maths, music (as your pieces have to work together like instruments in an orchestre) and philosophy, he should be considered one of the greatest minds ever. The best? Maybe.


Take a look:

White to move.