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Intelligence in chess

People try to act like they are genius, and brag about it. Chess is often compared with how intelligent someone is. Chess players can be intelligent, but it depends on the area. Someone can be great at chess, but bad at solving other problems. Being bad at chess only means that you are worse at chess than people who are good at chess.

Chess is an interesting game, and can be fun. Although I don’t like how it is portrayed. Chess is not a tool to prove that you are intelligent. Bragging that you are smarter than someone else often makes you look dumb. Everyone knows nothing compared to the knowledge that exists about a topic.

Keep it fun

Fischer makes excellent points. I don’t think any board game can be fully fair, while at the same time not being about memorizing stuff. It is either one or the other. A game which relies on a lot of luck tends to be less fair, and less about skill. Adding random elements can make things interesting, but that tends to be less fair.

People who are great at competitive games usually spend a long time of their lives on it. Only a minority of those people end up making a career out of it. I do not think that chess will help most people further in life. It is a better investment of your time as trying to be good at esports though. The rules of Chess do not constantly change.

Computers can ruin the fun

A game becomes less interesting when a computer can beat any human, and can analyze all the moves. The interesting part of the game is then solved, and it can become pure memorizing. The best game moves are known at that point. This is already the case with chess. It has lost a lot of creativity.

Is “Go” still interesting?

Go is still interesting, since the computers can’t fully explain their own moves yet. Go has many more possible moves compared to chess. It is possible that not all tactics are known yet. Go players often act on feeling and experience. AlphaZero, an AI which beats all Go players, uses a neural network. That means that the AI can’t give you much insight.

Conclusion

Competitive board games like “Go” or “Chess” tend to be well-respected. Do not expect to become as good as the professionals, unless you invest lots of time into it. Most people won’t become pros. It is likely that you won’t get much value out of knowing how to play those games. Investing your time into it can be worth it, but there are other skills you could learn instead as well.