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Chess and The Meaning of Life

  • #1
    Over the past few years, I have developed tremendous amount of love and respect for this game. It has helped me analyze my own perspective on life and what I hope to achieve in whatever amount of time I have on this Earth.

    My question to the forum is as follows:

    How has chess affected your perspective on life and the positive and negative events you encounter in your daily life?
  • #2

    .. I'd question, whether Anyone, would care to figuratively, bare-their-soul ; In the way, your question is posed, {short of falling considerably short} ; But, in lieu of that ; Your newly, 1st time posted/'unanswered' thread ; Has just won, the "Rite-of-Spring"/ Sans clothes, video-award !

     .. Remembering, that you're just looking at, a configured, assortment of 'pixels'; In a supposedly, artistic form.  [ ;

     

  • #3

    chess is not looking at a bunch of pixels, it's putting in hard work and being mentally rewarded by seeing progress, the fruit of your labor. unless you have decided not to improve anymore, then chess is just a game for entertainment or to pass the time.

  • #4

    I think that exercising my concentration, calculation, and visualization abilities have helped in other aspects of my life, from my career as a scientist to doing research on stocks or on a planned vacation.

    In retirement, the benefits of continuing to exercise my mind keeps me thinking fast and deep. I still amaze teenagers when I watch and "It's Academic" show and answer questions faster than the contestants, like, "Solve for x in the expression: SQRT (18 + 7)/1 - 4 = x," where the answer is obviously 1.

     

  • #5
    MickinMD wrote:

    I still amaze teenagers when I watch and "It's Academic" show and answer questions faster than the contestants, like, "Solve for x in the expression: SQRT (18 + 7)/1 - 4 = x," where the answer is obviously 1.

     

    Wrong. It's 4.58257569496.

  • #6
    @mickinMD @antonioesfandiari thank you for your input. It always brings me great pleasure to know that I am not the only one benefiting mentally and spiritually from this game.
  • #7
    Answer is 1.
  • #8

    I'm not a very spiritual person. I play chess simply because I enjoy it. I don't find any deep meaning in this.

  • #9

    Well I like to watch Gianna Michaels in between playing chess online sort of mixes up 2 neat stuff to do. Im 2275 peak elo so Im pretty good and I search for the big questions in life as well. Seriously I think my chess is a projection of my sometimes rather pessimistic philosophy. I want to show that pessimism works. In terms of the big questions we have nothing to be optimistic about. We die and then we are gone forever. 

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