Art and Science


Art and Science...

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Thibault de Vassal    (2007-04-26)
Art and Science...

Sometimes, while filling the registration form, new players just say Hi!, recently one of them wrote : "I like correspondence chess because it is both art and science while chess is art only."

Quite true... I like this new quote, what do you think about it ? :)

Nick Burrows    (2007-04-26 19:06:56)
art & sport

I agree with the emphasis on correspondance being a science for sure. However i would ammend it to chess as art & sport. the competitive element in o.t.b chess is a very important component of its appeal.

Wolfgang Utesch    (2007-05-02 14:46:08)
Fun and competition

For me is correspondence chess just fun and competition. It is possible, that some of my played games may give others a feeling of art (in this case not in the meaning of artificial :-)), but this is just a result of a random process. A special science of correspondence chess (beside normal chess theory) can I see only in programming chess engines or in finding of Tablebases both not my skills. I love chess, but Im too weak playing OTB chess on a high level, possible not by my fundamental understanding of chess positions but by my missing personal power of memory, computing (without computers) and nerves. So correspondence chess is ideal for me, because I can substitute my individual weaknesses by a computer und have no time stress to analyse the positions in all ways artificial and human to find out the most efficient chance.

Christophe Czekaj    (2007-05-07 13:25:39)
science,art and bluff

Ok for the artistic element but perhaps there is too much "science" in correspondence chess due to the use of computers. There is no much place left for "bluff" which belongs to the pleasure chess gives us

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-05-07 14:32:34)
science,art and bluff

The environment is different but there's a lot of bluff in correspondence chess IMO, even if the number of draws is higher at 2400+ level. It is no more based on obvious mistakes but on apparent "weak" moves that actually can win ie. a long endgame, particularly moves that are completely missed by the best chess engines such as Rybka. This kind of moves happens often yet, fortunately.

Wolfgang Utesch    (2007-05-07 15:00:39)

Bluff in modern corresponence chess on high level means to bluff your opponent AND his his used engines! In my opinion chess is a drawn game because the corridor of draw is normally very broad. But there are situations in many games where a very small mistake leads to a totally lost position (if you know the right way!). To find out this moments that is the real art of modern correspondence chess!

Nicola Lupinacci    (2007-05-08 00:23:00)
the beauty of chess...

One time a great player (I don't know who is) said:

"Chess is too simple to be considered a science, but too difficult to be considered a game"