Why do people take chess so seriously?

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Why do people take chess so seriously?

Post by Uri » Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:21 pm

I mean it's just a rather stupid game.

People really spend a lot of money on this game. I mean people buy very expensive computer hardware and quite expensive programs just to be able to defeat others at chess.

But when you think about it, why spend tons of money on a game?

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Re: Why do people take chess so seriously?

Post by Sean Evans » Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:48 pm

Uri wrote:I mean it's just a rather stupid game.

People really spend a lot of money on this game. I mean people buy very expensive computer hardware and quite expensive programs just to be able to defeat others at chess.

But when you think about it, why spend tons of money on a game?
Chess is a very inexpensive activity. Most people have computers now, they do not buy them to play chess. In addition, a chess board and pieces are cheap and the software is cheap and so are Internet club dues, you can play for free at FICS. So I think your statement is bunk!

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Re: Why do people take chess so seriously?

Post by tpetzke » Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:41 pm

I mean it's just a rather stupid game.
Yeah and because of that you browse a forum that is all about a game you consider rather stupid ...

Done with posting in all the other forums about games you consider less stupid already ?

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Re: Why do people take chess so seriously?

Post by fern » Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:42 pm

Can be cheap and can be not. I guess many people here along the years has expended a sizable amount of bucks. But that's not the important thing. As far as you can get fun, that's ok. Of course what is stupid is to give to it too much importance. But then there is nothing that can resist the judgement about importance.
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Re: Why do people take chess so seriously?

Post by rbarreira » Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:00 pm

Uri wrote:I mean it's just a rather stupid game.
You can say "it's just a stupid X" about anything. It's one of the weakest statements you can possibly make about something.

People take X seriously because they like it / it gives them a living / they think it's a good thing to do / etc.
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Re: Why do people take chess so seriously?

Post by Codesquid » Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:01 pm

Sean Evans wrote:Chess is a very inexpensive activity.
My electricity company thought otherwise. :)
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Re: Why do people take chess so seriously?

Post by Kirk » Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:31 pm

Chess is one of a number of games that can keep the mind sharp until old age. Any mind game is not stupid. It would like calling weight lifting stupid or all sports stupid.

Mind games are a workout for the gray matter

Maybe you enjoy crossword puzzles, perhaps? :wink:
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Re: Why do people take chess so seriously?

Post by gerold » Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:40 am

Uri wrote:I mean it's just a rather stupid game.

People really spend a lot of money on this game. I mean people buy very expensive computer hardware and quite expensive programs just to be able to defeat others at chess.

But when you think about it, why spend tons of money on a game?
My wife used to say i was married to a chess board. :-).
I could spend 7 days a week in my spare time playing chess with 200-300 folks at diff. chess clubs. I do enjoy chess now with a computer as before there were no computer. West lake park in L.A. Ca. was my favorite spot. There were a lot of G.M.'s who played there.
I have spent tons of money on fishing gear that is crazy.
Care for a game without a program? :-)

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Re: Why do people take chess so seriously?

Post by pilgrimdan » Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:48 am

Uri wrote:I mean it's just a rather stupid game.

People really spend a lot of money on this game. I mean people buy very expensive computer hardware and quite expensive programs just to be able to defeat others at chess.

But when you think about it, why spend tons of money on a game?
well... as one chess fella said...

chess... like love, like music

has the power to make men happy...

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Re: Why do people take chess so seriously?

Post by kgburcham » Sat Aug 11, 2012 1:06 am

Uri wrote:I mean it's just a rather stupid game.
People really spend a lot of money on this game. I mean people buy very expensive computer hardware and quite expensive programs
But when you think about it, why spend tons of money?
If chess is too much, then maybe this video is for you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLYqsjND ... ure=relmfu

I am sure that there are curling forums.

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