Dedicating Your Life To Chess

Aizen89

It has finally dawned on me how somebody who is not a top 100 player in the world can dedicate their career/life to chess if one were so inclined.  Get a PhD in Sociology, or Psychology, or some parallel field, and make your entire emphasis on becoming the go-to expert on understanding the effects of chess on the brain and on society more broadly.  This dawned on me when I found out about a professor who was the world expert on understanding roadways or something like that (I forget precisely how his position was stated).  Just found it interesting and was interested in thoughts.  I'm not going to do this because I have my own goals in life, but it would be interesting for those so inclined.

woollensock
I shall never understand, why anyone would wanna dedicate their lives to a board game 🙀
EnergizeMrSpock

u could also just teach the game and make money from it that way. or write some old school database dump theory books and see how many idiots buy them

Aizen89

Woollensock: it's the same reason why anyone would wanna dedicate their lives to painting or drawing or movie directing or sculpting.  It's an art.  If I didn't have bigger ambitions for my life, I would very likely take this path.  

Energize: Yes, but neither of those provide reliable, consistent, decent levels of income.  

blueemu

Consider music as an example.

There are people who dedicate their lives, and build careers, on writing music. They are called Composers.

There are people who dedicate their lives, and build careers, on playing that same music on instruments. They are called Musicians.

There are people who dedicate their lives, and build careers, on analyzing and critiquing that music. They are called Music Critics.

And there is even a superincumbent layer of abstraction, of people who make careers out of analyzing and criticizing the work of Music Critics.

 

JamesColeman

Seems like a possible gap in the market for the first critiquer of those who critique the critiques!

blueemu
JamesColeman wrote:

Seems like a possible gap in the market for the first critiquer of those who critique the critiques!

... and this, in turn, would open up career opportunities for the critic of the critic of the critic of the critic of the music!

ghost_of_pushwood

Then there's that entire underclass of largely wannabes which we call Music Teachers.

This plan would certainly get you tenure somewhere.

jjupiter6

ghost_of_pushwood wrote:

Then there's that entire underclass of largely wannabes which we call Music Teachers.

This plan would certainly get you tenure somewhere.

That's the opinion of someone who has never taught.

ghost_of_pushwood

Yeah, fortunately I never got sucked into it.