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tonlesu 129 ( +1 | -1 )
religion and chess The following is from the book "Genius in Chess" by Jonathan Levitt. I believe it is food for thought.
"With regard to top players, one can almost speak of a religious commitment to the game, especially in the way chess becomes the central theme of life, around which everything else may or may not find its place. It seems to me that the way the human brain works creates a desire for some such ‘central theme’ to which other things can be related. This could help explain the popularity of belief in god through the ages. Noticeably, the vast majority of strong chess players are either atheists (some of them quite aggressively so - Nigel Short once said that ‘anyone who believes in God is an idiot’) or agnostic. There are some notable exceptions, e.g. Mecking and, some of the time, Fischer. "

" According to Adriaan De Groot (Thought and Choice in Chess, 1965), chess has even less religious types than among scientists. He argues that this is due to the nature of successful chess thinking. You need to remain fluid and flexible, De Groot writes, ‘sceptic and relativist through and through’ to be able to think effectively at chess. You cannot be a dogmatist. Absolutely, Professor De Groot - dogma and superstition are for patzers and we’ll be sticking to that, rigidly! "


philaretus 14 ( +1 | -1 )
. Such comments as those of de Groot are so prejudicial -- identifying religion with dogma and superstition --- that they're not worth a reply.
tonlesu 17 ( +1 | -1 )
de groot De groot was one of the few practicing psychologists who was also a chess master. He said to think effectively at chess you cannot be dogmatic. It is Levitt who says dogma and superstition are for patzers.
poisonedpawn78 19 ( +1 | -1 )
philaretus FYI dogma IS religious beleifs so your statement "identifying religion with dogma" in the sence that they arent related .. or that dogma is a superstition is quite wrong .

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philaretus 49 ( +1 | -1 )
poisonedpawn78 Of course, if you're taking 'dogma' to mean just 'beliefs', then religion involves dogma; but then most chessplayers, I would have thought, have beliefs of some kind. There's no reason to suppose that belief in (say) human rights affects anyone's ability to think effectively at chess. The people who make such statements obviously fancy that their own beliefs are really facts: it's only the hated religionists who have beliefs.