Are Chess Players Outsiders?

Iakiri_NW

I have an interesting story about this.

In January last year I quit my job and started playing poker with an NM friend. We started looking for more people to form a team - a curiosity is that everyone had to wear an akatsuki ring -. In the end, all the team members played chess.

isjatt

I personally think example is really important.If the coolest person in your school played chess then you being a chessical genius would make youkind of "cool"But many people still have the belief that chess is only for smart people and they never try it out

DemonCoronzon
BlitzKriegBoy99 写道:
DemonCoronzon wrote:

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. 

@ 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)

Maybe chess is a way out for those people who don´t fit in traditional jobs. Simply because they could not find other things that fit their interests.

Btw, nice new avatar and background. 

Ha thx, that’s what I mean lol

My eng is so bad... I can’t express all my feelings without translator 

Nudelauflauf9F

Nope, If you addicted, maybe. It happens not just for a chess player. Look at a few esport players, some of them may being an outsider. This is social behavior, not linked with the certain activity. So be happy and do you life as an healthy and wealthy guy. Yolo

SpacePodz
Nope. It’s just a board game. I don’t see how playing it would make me an outsider :/
BlunderousWilliam

I've had a good friend for a long time, they've got a normal job and family, etc.,  and I only recently found out they like chess. They're about 1600 and apparently an avid player. I never even noticed it! happy.png

777ocean

& i'm always in the Watertongue.png eating Yummy TUNAfish.png ... i never go out into the Outside World

+ i play CHESS everyday & still no Human could catch me as a Whale Huntwink.png

See i am not an Outsiderthumbup.png

Strangemover
BlunderousWilliam wrote:

I've had a good friend for a long time, they've got a normal job and family, etc.,  and I only recently found out they like chess. They're about 1600 and apparently an avid player. I never even noticed it!

We're like murderers. We just look like normal people. 

royalknight101
Strangemover wrote:
BlunderousWilliam wrote:

I've had a good friend for a long time, they've got a normal job and family, etc.,  and I only recently found out they like chess. They're about 1600 and apparently an avid player. I never even noticed it!

We're like murderers. We just look like normal people. 

the Strangler: HAHAHAHAHA

Spongebob: HAHAHAHA

hoodoothere

I would have to know what an "insider" is to answer that?

B1ZMARK
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? 

None of my normal friends like chess, and that's probably because they don't want to spend time playing a board game for such a long time, which is understandable. I guess chess players are just weird

777ocean

i am an insidertongue.png

just look inside my stomach & u shall understandwink.png

marqumax
Absolutely! Chess players are usually very ambitious. It makes sense that ‘trends’ bore them and vice versa
Elena

with how broad the term "chess players" is, i don't think this discussion will be very productive

Problem5826

Maybe. Maybe not.

I don't think that I've ever actually met a chess player in real life.

I used to move around between different groups in school, from the criminals and druggies up the courts, geeks in the library, punks in the music rooms, etc. Still just never known anyone who played it.

I think if it were promoted more as a mobile game, would be better.

As it stands, I think people have to go quite far out of their way to get into it (can be circumstantial such as covid).

I don't really take the Netflix show and parental choice into account. One is fashion, and the other isn't individual choice either.

DonRajesh

I don't think chess makes you an outsider at all. Just look at Carlsen! He's the world champion, yet plays in many volleyball matches as well. In fact, there are some who know him only because of his volleyball skills.

lostinacointoss

On the contrary, chess players have my respect just simply for playing the game, love the game win or lose, many levels of ignorance and intelligence, anyone can have a brain fart and or not pay attention, loss on a bad day, blame yourselves for losing

AunTheKnight
People think chess is strange. Strange to think that. They just find it hard to play and then call it strange or stupid.
asiaphone12

I love chess and I still fit in society, all I need is just calculated what kind of topic will be in the conversation and what respond will I get, and plan it up to 5 step in conversation. and viola, I just fit in the conversation lol

asiaphone12

FYI, chess has helped me in my job. I am a marketer. since I take chess as my hobby, it's hard to put it in word. but I can see where the opener, scan what problem my customer have, and provide solution with my product, and then come the end game. that is closing. it help me think in structured fashion. the better I'm in chess, the better I do in my job. it kinda feel like that. well, maybe that's just my imagination, but the effect is real.