Chess for zebras

Dec 5, 2017, 4:30 AM |

Voy a leer la parte I del libro Chess for Zebras. Creo que puedo encontrar alguna clave filosófica y teórica sobre la mejora de la habilidad ajedrecística en la edad adulta. 

Primera enseñanza: la mente no es un cubo que llenar, el conocimiento se construye. [Resonancias de la frase de Plutarco: "La mente no es una vasija que llenar sino un fuego que encender". ]

Una cita inspiradora sobre la importancia del desaprendizaje: 

[...] So, if what we have (i.e. our current chess understanding) has lots of in-built biases, hubris and painful memories, it will directly affect the quality of what we read or think in an effort

to improve our game.

This means that real learning is often a painful process, because you are not just collecting new ideas and stacking them up in some sort of expanding cognitive warehouse. It means that learning is hard, because you have to unlearn so many of the things that made sense to you. It means that learning needs resilience, because things won't always make sense straight away and you might have to be willing to feel stupid or ignorant before things begin to clarify again at a higher level.Indeed, I have come to believe that the kind of learning th at is most useful for chess improvement is actually 'unlearning'.