A gamers mindset

Tom tomwhore@wsmf.org
Thu, 18 Oct 2001 18:05:19 -0400 (EDT)


The Soviet pre-eminence in chess can be traced to the average Russian's
readiness to brood obsessively over anything, even the arrangement of some
pieces of wood.  Indeed, the Russians' predisposition for quiet reflection
followed by sudden preventive action explains why they led the field for
many years in both chess and ax murders.  It is well known that as early
as 1970, the U.S.S.R., aware of what a defeat at Reykjavik would do to
national prestige, implemented a vigorous program of preparation and
incentive.  Every day for an entire year, a team of psychologists, chess
analysts and coaches met with the top three Russian grand masters and
threatened them with a pointy stick.  That these tactics proved fruitless
is now a part of chess history and a further testament to the American
way, which provides that if you want
something badly enough, you can always go to Iceland and get it from
the Russians.
                -- Marshall Brickman, Playboy, April, 1973