Are Chess Players Outsiders?

BlitzKriegBoy99

Do you believe the fact you like chess already makes you different from society's usual tastes?

Let me explain better.

Some friends of mine and other people I know, who really like chess, didn´t fit in normal/traditional jobs, even being qualified for it. Some went to poker, others for another unusual thing. 

Is there a specific reason for it? 

royalknight101

no that kind of depends. i don't think we are outsiders, but maybe if we were too addicted and never do normal things then yes, but mostly it doesn't really affect and make us outsiders. Most of the time when people might see us play chess they will just call us nerds when we are really not lol

BlitzKriegBoy99
royalknight101 wrote:

no that kind of depends. i don't think we are outsiders, but maybe if we were too addicted and never do normal things then yes, but mostly it doesn't really affect and make us outsiders. Most of the time when people might see us play chess they will just call us nerds when we are really not lol

Well, I say this because I saw this phenom over and over again. 

Chess players who are very capable and competent people not getting into promising careers, actually, trying to be away from it. The effort they put into chess could make them capable to do a lot of other things.

There are exceptions, of course. 

royalknight101

obviously and i agree with you on the statement, but i dont agree that chess can make someone an outsider unless you are hidden from the real world in a dark cave playing chess for the rest of your life lol

JijoAttumalilJose

Most of the people play chess for fun. Some people use chess as a mind game to nourish their logics. Only a few prefer competitive chess. For me, I play chess just for fun.happy.png

royalknight101

I used to play it competitively and still do as i am striving for the NM title, but over time i have stopped going arrogant and have become more relaxed in seeing the fun out of it especially when i have grown to learn more about it

JijoAttumalilJose

Yes!, When we are relaxed and play chess in a relaxed manner, we don't feel like under powered. And when we don't feel like under powered, we can achieve our goal sooner or later. Even if we couldn't achieve our goal, still we will be happy and content. 

blackfirestorm
BlitzKriegBoy99 wrote:

Do you believe the fact you like chess already makes you different from society's usual tastes?

Let me explain better.

Some friends of mine and other people I know, who really like chess, didn´t fit in normal/traditional jobs, even being qualified for it. Some went to poker, others for another unusual thing. 

Is there a specific reason for it? 

 

Absolutely and I love being different 

EamonB1
BlitzKriegBoy99 wrote:

Do you believe the fact you like chess already makes you different from society's usual tastes?

Let me explain better.

Some friends of mine and other people I know, who really like chess, didn´t fit in normal/traditional jobs, even being qualified for it. Some went to poker, others for another unusual thing. 

Is there a specific reason for it? 

 

Such is the hardship of being a somewhat stereotypical nerd, sorry buddy. We live in a society. (I know from experience.)

EamonB1

Although at my current school, my friends look up to me, and my math teacher has nicknamed me, Chess Boy, (he's like a GM or smth himself) so being different has its ups and downs.

KnightDuta

well chess makes me more a strategy person than my friends, but i think we have the same powerful imagination so yea

blackfirestorm

As for a specific reason ... really simple. It has been long known that chess players have an analytical mind and problem solving skills and some people are afraid of that. Intelligence isn't a thing to be scared of it is to be embraced and nurtured. 

alexx2116

I see the same way, Otto, most of my chess friends look like they don't fit in any "normal" category in society. ( me included)

TerminatorC800
blackfirestorm wrote:

As for a specific reason ... really simple. It has been long known that chess players have an analytical mind and problem solving skills and some people are afraid of that. Intelligence isn't a thing to be scared of it is to be embraced and nurtured. 

Layman often see people with high intelligence as part of the “elite”. That can put a lot of people off. 

blackfirestorm
TerminatorC800 wrote:
blackfirestorm wrote:

As for a specific reason ... really simple. It has been long known that chess players have an analytical mind and problem solving skills and some people are afraid of that. Intelligence isn't a thing to be scared of it is to be embraced and nurtured. 

Layman often see people with high intelligence as part of the “elite”. That can put a lot of people off. 

Agreed. It is the biggest reason I was unemployed for so long cuz I attended interviews and cuz I knew my way around the interview it scared them :/ 

hoodoothere

Yes, they see the futility of working for somebody else at an unfulfilling job, so they play chess, death comes soon so may as well do what you like.

blueemu

Outsiders?

I spent 20 years making children's cartoons for TV. My next job after that was working as a Mentor at the Canadian Army's Combined Arms Tactics School.

You make the call.

JijoAttumalilJose

But, you still play chess!tongue.png

DemonCoronzon

I don’t think there’s a accurate answer for this question......

@hoodothere said that they don’t want to do things for people so they play chess and said that we should find things we like to do. But I think people who play chess ARE doing what they like, and that’s not a negative idea at all. The chessboard really helps you to understand a lot of things if you really want to learn. The kind of people you said cannot really be called “chess players”, don’t mix them together.

@ All those people above 

You all said that playing chess makes it difficult for you to gain a foothold in society. This is nonsense. Don't make excuses for your poor social skills and competitiveness. On the contrary, playing chess can also help you gain a foothold in society. Just give an example: you have the opportunity to be a professional chess player; you can use your flexible brain...

My answer for the question: No, only those with a brains that can’t figure out what chess can give them will turn themselves into outsiders (I mean all type of people, not only those chess players)

DemonCoronzon

I can’t speak English that well and use those beautiful words, I’m just sharing my own opinion......