“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.”
I have long been interested in Buddhism and Zen, and it, therefore, made perfect sense for me to join the Chess Dojo (Discord: http://discord.gg/sUUh8HD). The Chess Dojo is, in short, a hub for chess improvers, run by IM Kostya Kavutskiy, IM David Pruess, and GM Jesse Kraai. Dojo meaning s a hall or place for immersive learning or meditation
Within the dojo tournaments and long training games now are arranged, and I played the first game in a round-robin tournament last Sunday.
Before I show the game with my analysis I will shortly return to the quote by Alan Watts, since it made me think that the thoughts we arrive at during a game are not solely our own and that our chess language is taught to us by the chess community we take part in.
We often hear about the Russian chess school that has formed so many great Russian players. It makes sense that by being part of a community the power of our thoughts collectively gains in strength and affects others taking part in that community. So If I was to rewrite the quote by Alan Watts in relation to chess it would be:
“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions during a game are not actually our own. For we think in terms of chess principles and structures which we did not invent, but which were given to us by the community we take part in and the material we chose to study”
An interesting example is the streamer xQc who is coming from the Gamer/Twitch-community and is now learning to play chess. xQc coined a totally new word for a tactic “the 5headed-wooden-shield” showing that his chess language is something completely different.
By actively participating in a community we adopt new ideas and learn a new language used within that community. I think every chess improver should think about what kind of community benefits his/her improvement the most. And if you are not part of one yet, which should you join?
It was just some thoughts about the influence of taking part in a community in chess.
Now to my game from the Dojo!
My next game is tomorrow, and it is a 30+15 in the #TwitterChessTournament! Wish me luck