Saturday, July 01, 2006

Today I had lunch with...

An anthropologist who studies the socioeconomics of chess: he looks at the race, ethnicities and genders of the people who play the big tournaments for money, and then he compares those players' backgrounds and circumstances to those of the chess hustlers. What he's learning might surprise you.

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3 Comments:

Blogger crappy said...

socioeconomics of chess? Interesting.the uncivilized beat the genteel.Chess was promoted by the soviets to demonstrate their superiority over western capitalists.They did a good job.Today the eastern bloc regularly thrash the western.

July 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And yet, whose game is it?
In grad school one of my colleagues did an experiment to chart players' interest in chess separate from their enjoyment of its rhetoric: she taught children to play chess with a special set of non-representational pieces named by nonsense words, which were governed by the same rules as the pawns, rooks, kings, knights, queens, and bishops. Her results (from a limited sample) suggested the rhetoric is only of minor interest to players.

July 21, 2006  
Anonymous Hugh said...

How are the Scotsman to reconcile their hopes with the fears of the Irish? And what about Justin Timberlake?

April 04, 2007  

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