Thursday, August 02, 2007

Think, but don't Think

There is something about this article that bugs me.

Each “Chess Tuesdays” in the park begins with a rap session to get the participating kids fired up because not only are they going to play chess, they will play fast, making decisions in seconds. Organizer Orrin Hudson says it causes the kids to think and react quickly and realize they have to live with the results of their decisions.

I've underlined the parts that, to me, seem incongruent. I can see what the organizer is trying to do, but I don't agree with the tactics, I guess. How can you truly think when you're playing fast? I guess it'll make it easier for him to point out the kids' errors so he can then make the metaphor "you have to live with that conseqence." If I were one of those kids, I'd probably respond to his metaphor with something along the lines of, "If I need to think before I make a decision, then I need some time and some quiet. Why the hell are you forcing me to rap and make split-second decisions?!"

Well, I'm sure the organizer has good intentions. I'm sure he's having some positive influence on some kids' lives.


  1. I’m sorry I have to contact you like this but I can find no other way to contact you.

    Announcing the first ever Chess Blog Carnival to be held on September 1, 2007 at my blog.

    There are now thousands of carnivals on the web. Almost every area of interest has its own carnival. Except for chess blogs. Until now.

    The advantages of having a chess carnival: (1) For bloggers – to showcase a sample of their work to the chess community; (2) For readers – to sample content from a wide variety of chess blogs in one place. A Chess Blog Carnival will also encourage quality work. If a blogger knows that his piece is being showcased right alongside pieces from the other blogs, then that serves as a motivator right there.

    I don’t mean to be presumptuous in doing this. I just know that instead of complaining about nobody doing something, pointing fingers, and endless discussing, sometimes it’s best that someone just steps up and gets the ball rolling. That’s what I’m doing. If someone else wants to take over, then that would be fine with me. In fact, I need all the help on this that I can get.

    First, hosting. The successful carnivals rotate blog hosts from month to month.

    Second, publicity. The successful carnivals have a number of blogs who post an announcement on the upcoming carnival on their blogs and keep doing so each month.

    Third, participation. Successful carnivals have a large sample of work from their blogging communities. Note here, bloggers don’t do any additional work. A carnival is not for original pieces written just for the carnival. A carnival is for work that has already been posted onto the blog.

    I’ll try to contact as many blogs this weekend as possible. I’d like the initial roll-out of this venture to be as high quality as possible. Once people see what a chess carnival can look like, then they can have a better idea of what this is all about. Please help!

    Here the link for further information on this:
    That page includes a link to submit a post from your blog for inclusion in the carnival.

    Jack Le Moine

  2. How about thinking slow and still live with the consequences? That works. Thinking clear might have more weight in chess currency than thinking fast. Of course, we know that there are different strokes for different folks, but rap music will not be on my menu.