It is curious, though, that for such a talented child as Josh, who also counted with the best chess trainers money could buy, he did not reach GM category and completely abandoned chess at around FIDE 2400 ELO. Maybe he lacked determination to succeed or maybe, and only maybe, talent also plays a significant role at top level. In wich case, the people thay claim Lazlo Polgar was lucky to raise such a talented bunch of woman chess players would be right. I tend to think Josh in the end lacked the determination to reach GM level, much less world top class level (around 2650+ / 2700 ELO, which looks like not much higher than 2400 but, believe me, it's A LOT.In the same vain as the last post and the original post, I would recommend the book, "The Art of Learning" by Joshua Waitzkin. A US child chess prodigy that beat Grandmasters at the age of 10, and later turned his hand to "Push Hands" (a form of martial art) world championship.
Yeah, I read Bounce around the same time as writing this post (so long ago now!), and I think it has incredibly important lessons for anyone with ambition - in pretty much anything. I think it's incredibly important not only for skill acquisition, but also in having a healthy attitude towards life, success, and helping others achieve their goals in a positive manner.Just finished reading a book I got for Xmas, and I think it has a lot of relevance here: "Bounce" by Matthew Syed.
The author is a former table tennis champion, and sets out to discuss "The myth of talent and the power of practice".
Particularly noteworthy is the story of Laszlo Polgar, who attempted to dispel the notion that talent is innate using his own children. In his own words: "People tell me the success of my daughters was pure luck...they say it was a coincidence that a man who set about proving the practice theory of excellence using chess just happened to beget the three most talented female chess players in history. Maybe some people just do not want to believe in the power of practice."
And another quote - among many - that caught my eye: "Purposeful practice may not be easy, but it is breathtakingly effective."
Like I say, a great read and recommended.
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