The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

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The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

Post by Bram » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:47 pm

I've been reading this for over a month and I'm still only half-way through a book of only 260 pages.

EDIT: Finally finished it, terrific book.

Josh is the kid from "Searching for Bobby Fischer", a chess genius and 8-time national champion who has gone on to become a Tai Chi Push-Hands World Champion and now a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training under Marcelo Garcia.

His insights into the learning process, at least for myself, are great. I have pages and pages of notes, that I see parallels in my various pursuits (I'm a hyper-competitive video game player, surfer and Jiu-Jitsu student). Due to his book I've also started playing chess and really enjoying it -- I hated it as a kid, but I'm enjoying trying to make sense of the game.

I don't know if someone who isn't competitive would derive much from this book, but I'm very thankful it was written -- a guide to the mindset and attitude necessary to win and improve.

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Learning-Jour ... 559&sr=8-1
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Re: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

Post by Grandpa's Spells » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:09 am

Have you read Mastery and how does it compare?
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Re: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

Post by Chessman » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:38 am

I liked it too but mainly because he went so in depth about his push hands tourneys. I felt he had some good insights otherwise, but the books later emphasis on push hands will probably not be appreciated by everyone.
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Re: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

Post by vern » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:33 am

He never made Grandmaster. I guess they over-hyped him.

I enjoyed his dad's book and the movie though.
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Re: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

Post by Bram » Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:28 pm

Grandpa's Spells wrote:Have you read Mastery and how does it compare?
I haven't. Haven't ready any other chess books either.

Would you recommend it?
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Re: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

Post by Bram » Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:31 pm

vern wrote:He never made Grandmaster. I guess they over-hyped him.

I enjoyed his dad's book and the movie though.
I was wondering if he ever achieved Grandmaster status.
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Re: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

Post by vern » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:52 am

Bram wrote:
vern wrote:He never made Grandmaster. I guess they over-hyped him.

I enjoyed his dad's book and the movie though.
I was wondering if he ever achieved Grandmaster status.
He got close, International Master IIRC. (Victor Korchnoi once said that no sane person could ever become a Grandmaster.)

You can check out some of Josh's best games here...

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessplayer?pid=17030
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Re: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

Post by Chessman » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:59 am

That's okay. I saw a magazine refer to him as a grandmaster in taichi the other day. ](*,)
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Re: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

Post by Bram » Fri May 28, 2010 4:46 pm

Best book ever?
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Re: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

Post by Grandpa's Spells » Fri Jun 25, 2010 2:51 pm

Bram wrote:
Grandpa's Spells wrote:Have you read Mastery and how does it compare?
I haven't. Haven't ready any other chess books either.

Would you recommend it?
Very much so. I suspect the author is less of a virtuoso than the book suggests (not a lot of guys take up an MA late in life and get really good), but he taught for a long time and his insights into the learning process are legit.
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Re: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

Post by Bram » Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:18 pm

I think I'll pick up his book then. I read Yasser Seirawan's "Play Winning Chess" and liked it:

http://www.amazon.com/Play-Winning-Ches ... 048&sr=8-2

But haven't read any other chess books yet.
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Re: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

Post by vern » Sat Jun 26, 2010 7:55 pm

Since his recent death Bobby's book is available now for the first time in years. (In algebraic notation too.)

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I also really enjoyed Tal's book.

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White King and Red Queen is a really interesting book about chess and the Cold War. (You don't even have to know how to play chess to enjoy it.) I thought it was just going to be about the Fischer/Spassky match, but it covers a whole bunch of history that I had never even heard of. Highly recommended.

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