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R_De_Siota

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Sat Dec 19 2015 3:07PM | MsgID: 18722844


Originally posted by: "Taotaomonas"
It does make you wonder. I played a game not so long back where the guy bought both his knights out. When I made a play for either he appeared keen not to lose them and spent the first part of the game literally dancing them around the board.

I am now guessing he was a massive Northern Soul Fan!




Interesting! I would have thought the knight moves indicative of hip-hop.

Petrosian was, arguably, the most insipid World Champion ever. He was deaf.







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Sat Dec 19 2015 1:39PM | edited: 1:39:30 | MsgID: 18722674


It does make you wonder. I played a game not so long back where the guy bought both his knights out. When I made a play for either he appeared keen not to lose them and spent the first part of the game literally dancing them around the board.

I am now guessing he was a massive Northern Soul Fan!







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Fri Dec 18 2015 9:56PM | MsgID: 18721618


Originally posted by: "Szkodnikow_i_ofiar"
Seems to me we have tuned into different chess styles using musical contrasts. Heavy rock for aggressive play with insipid play equating to those who enjoy the soft rock melodies of the 1970's.




In this area both bluegrass and checkers are very popular. :->







Szkodnikow_i_ofiar

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Fri Dec 18 2015 3:57PM | MsgID: 18720808


Seems to me we have tuned into different chess styles using musical contrasts. Heavy rock for aggressive play with insipid play equating to those who enjoy the soft rock melodies of the 1970's.







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Fri Dec 18 2015 2:32PM | MsgID: 18720645


[Quote from: "Taotaomonas"]
[Quote from: "Szkodnikow_i_ofiar"]...someone who prefers the soft melodic tones of feelings by Morris Albert...



...has bigger things to worry about than their chess rating



Think of the so-called 'Soviet School' of chess. A wide variety of styles developed to the background of Politburo approved radio broadcasts. There is something to be said for 'mood music' though. Both Anthrax and AC/DC make me drive more aggressively, so such music might make me play more aggressively.







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Fri Dec 18 2015 2:04PM | MsgID: 18720628


Originally posted by: "Szkodnikow_i_ofiar"
...someone who prefers the soft melodic tones of feelings by Morris Albert...




...has bigger things to worry about than their chess rating







Szkodnikow_i_ofiar

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Fri Dec 18 2015 12:00PM | edited: 12:38:59 | MsgID: 18720370


Coupled with what has previously been stated does this mean that someone with a love of heavy rock e.g. Anthrax or AC/DC for example and enjoys the game, is their style of play going to result in a more aggressive form than someone who prefers the soft melodic tones of feelings by Morris Albert?







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Thu Dec 17 2015 9:16PM | MsgID: 18719410


Very good points to ponder. I suppose there is little difference between pattern recognition in chess (mate in 4 moves!) and in music (the sequence of notes in a scale being a pattern.) It would be interesting to compare musical tastes to chess ratings. Is the player who listens to Mozart's 'Orpheus' better than those of us who like 'Three Blind Mice?'







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Thu Dec 17 2015 7:49PM | MsgID: 18719213


Pattern memory ability is obvious.

Imagination and 'artistic' interpretation is another.

I would suggest that on the day OTB the second point is essential and that most likely decent OTB players could easily be musicians.

Take a look at Compte and his musical tastes in the social. They 'could' be largely considered somewhat 'clinical' and match with his high rating here on CW as in 'sync'.

If you take it a step further. Whilst I very much appreciate and understand the complexities of his musical choices. My own 'emotional' response is often drawn to what some would consider far far simpler compositions.

What is right is not always right. More importantly, what is supposedly wrong can also often be right.

Whatever style of chess you wish to draw an analogy from. You will likely find not necessarily someone who can play piano or guitar. But you will find an above average interest in either music or some other form of artistic expression of one level or another.







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Thu Dec 17 2015 1:41PM | MsgID: 18718514


I read a magazine article several years ago--and I don't remember either the author or the magazine--that essentially tried to link musical ability with chess talent. Players such as Smyslov, Taimanov, and Philidor were all listed to support the thesis. My understanding of music is even less than my understanding of chess. Any musicians here wish to offer an opinion? Has anyone else read such speculative articles? Thanks!