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Schachnovelle Free download ↠ 5 Þ On a cruiseship bound for Buenos Aires a wealthy passenger challenges the world chess champion to a match He accepts with a sneer He will beat anyone he says But only if the stakes are high Soon the chess board is surrounded At first the challenger crumbles before the mind of the master But then a soft spoken voicKes are high Soon the chess board is surrounded At first the challenger crumbles before the mind of the master But then a soft spoken voice from the crowd begins to whisper nerv. We Are Never AloneWith astounding concision in a short story about chess Zweig outlines a profound psychological theory that a human being’s greatest resource the ability to reflect upon himself and his actions is also his greatest vulnerability Experience alone without the capacity to reflect upon it provides rigid rules for responding to situations which never uite repeat themselves Reflective ability creates the ability to cope with entirely novel conditions through the power to re shape the rules to imagine alternative experiences By standing as it were outside ourselves we are able to create a context for ourselves and conseuently meaningOn the other hand this reflective ability implies a “self fragmentation into the white ego and the black ego” and the potential for an “induced schizophrenia” or generally for debilitating mental illness Pushed to an extreme of sensual deprivation Zweig suggests we may be able to save ourselves from insanity through imagination But this route to salvation is dangerously close to a different kind of insanity We are tempted to move from an absence of meaning to an obsessive singular meaning which dominates the self that creates itThe implication of course is that neuroses are purposeful even heroic responses to difficult circumstances Having used these neuroses successfully they threaten to become habitual And it is at that point we need some sort of friendly helping hand to avoid disaster Not uite Freudian therefore but very ViennesePostscript An interesting recent philosophical piece on the same general idea may be found in Sloman and Fernbach’s The Knowledge Illusion

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Ous suggestions Perfect moves brilliant predictions The speaker has not played a game for than twenty years he says He is wholly unknown But somehow he is also entirely formidab. This book is about the workings of the mindBut before I go into that let me start by saying that to me the name of Stefan Zweig evokes a feeling of nostalgia Of course this is foremost due to the title of his famous memoirs and because we know that he belonged to a world that was disappearing And probably because he realized this he decided to depart from itBut for me it creates an additional longing It makes me yearn for a world in which I did not yet exist a world that followed Zweig’s In particular the beginning of this novel which starts out in a ship travelling from New York to Buenos Aires at a time when these two cities together with Shanghai were the most cosmopolitan centers in the world made me think of a few decades later when my parents were young and left their country and boarded on ships that would take them to New York and to Buenos Aires and other placesNostalgia is also part of our fantasyZweig’s novella is a meditation on the nature of the mind how it creates its own reality how it lives thanks to sensations and perceptions but also on how it can get trapped and fall prey to circular thinkingHis story makes you think about the heart of imagination what is the feeling of anticipation and how an inner mental projection can elicit joy Zweig presents how curiosity provides a pleasure that the mind needs but if this curiosity is not tamed it can also enslave the mind Similarly surprise is conceived as sudden state that gives fresh air to the mind For the reader it is easy to identify those mental phenomena because Zweig focuses on the effects that an object which is both simple and complex can provide Such delicious and nourishing food for the mind is brought about by a bookThrough Zweig’s writing we observe the process of thinking and learning and problem solving and how these constitute the gymnastics of the brain The mind needs to explore its limits and exert itself It needs to surmount obstacles and for this some degree of discipline is reuired Understanding creativity the power of the brain when it concentrates on a single task the agility and flexibility that it is capable of all of these aspects parade through this taleWe also see that if the mind’s nature is abstract it however also has to be able to project outside itself It needs to record what is in the world and absorb it and if its space and universe is limited its locked up habitat will be disastrous This is what Zweig calls materielle ExterritorialisierungBy studying what happens to the mind when it is put in a vacuum in isolation when it is on a diet of sensory stimuli which is its vital source of energy Zweig creates a situation of despair a monotony that would only sound like a single tone with no rhythm He presents us the mental existence of Nothingness in which one can only enslave himself Der Sklave des NichtsBecause related to sensory input and the capability to project onto larger space for the mind in spite of its cogito abilities it is essential to be able to deal with one of the most abstract concepts it needs to measure time If one is deprived of a system of proportions time just does not exist it conflates And the mind is in the voidIt is then that consciousness can split because the mind has turned against itself and dichotomies and paradoxes and impossibilities relish in this new schizophrenic self The poisonous obsessions possess the psyche Anxiety and patience confront each other like opposing players in a chess gameEither Nonsense or a new Self emergesAnd of course all of the above is developed through a gripping plot

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SchachnovelleOn a cruiseship bound for Buenos Aires a wealthy passenger challenges the world chess champion to a match He accepts with a sneer He will beat anyone he says But only if the sta. e4 e5 2 Nf3 d6 An interesting short story that it's one of the most famous works by the writer Stefan Zweig that even sadly was published after his suicide d4 Bg4 When a story is presented in another language some elements are lost in the translation and I think that while Chess Story is a pretty good title its original title was The Royal Game that I think it gives to the story an air of refinement class and elegance dxe5 Bxf3 Besides my interest to try this author I was intrigued about this short story that evidently was about the game of kings chess I am not a good player of chess and I remember how an uncle of mine that he was the one who taught me he always beat me every single game and only once I was able to beat him I was still a little kid but I clearly remember still how I ran around the house celebrating my victory over my teacher xf3 dxe5 6 Bc4 Nf6 And interesting enough I remember this time not so many long ago when I was on vacations in a jungle lodge along with my then girlfriend and meanwhile we were waiting for a lodge's boat for a river tour uite early in the morning we were on the lodge's game room and there was a chessboard She asked me if I was interested to play meanwhile the boat would be ready We play she lost and we never play chess any in the trip b3 e7 There is an odd effect when we lose on a chess game I think that anybody thinks that the victor is smarter than the loser Even there is the odd custom to think that any chessplayer and even a grandmaster must be a really intelligent person If someone is really good at poker people can consider himher like a wiseguy andor a street smart but in chess Oh they must be intelligent Nc3 I remember a trivia about the movies of X Men that the production team had to look for a chess teacher for Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen since they needed to do some scenes playing chess adn they didn't know how to play chess I couldn't believe it Two old BRITISH actors whom seemed so wise that didn't know how to play chess Again the common preconception of society that intelligent people should know how to play chess Curiously enough they didn't need to do any complicated moves and nevertheless they looked for a Chess Grandmaster to teach them c6 It was amusing how this short story reminded me about three TV episodes from the Star Trek franchise Let that be your Last Battlefield The Original Series 1969 where you have the last two surviving aliens after a terrible war between two races of a planet where ones had black on the left side of the body and white on the right side and the others just the opposite positions of the same colors Peak Performance The Next Generation 1989 where a Federation strategist master who is uite arrogant sure of himself on his tactics' knowledge puts on test in war games to the Enterprise D's crew And finally Chain of Command Parts 1 2 The Next Generation 1992 where Captain Picard is captured and submitted to a cruel interrogation Since Chess Story was originally published on 1942 I wouldn't be surprised that the writers of those episodes took inspiration from several elements of this short story to develop their own scripts Bg5 b5 It's uite interesting that the narrator of this story while he is present and even he interacts with the main characters one doesn't know what is his name and even he is not really pivotal on the evolution of the events Nxb5 And commenting about that it's uite odd to pick protagonist and antagonist in this story Sure you can hasten on calling Czentovic as the antagonist and Dr B as the protagonist However is that simple Both has complicated issues both has conflictive personalities depending the situation Surely you can sympathize easier with Dr B's past but is Czentovic really guilty of how he is now Or his own past is also kinda exculpatory of his current personality cxb5 Maybe Czentovic and Dr B are playing in black white boards but hardly they can be seen in so pragmatic absolutes instead they have a lot of shades of gray Bxb5 Nbd7 0 0 0 Something that impacted me on the reading of this crafty short story is that both main characters Czentovic and Dr B they share an eual sad trait both lost the joy of playing chess Sure both are masters on the royal game but honestly neither of them are enjoying to play it any Rd8 Rxd7 Rxd7 I couldn't dare to know for real what Stefan Zweig wanted to tell to his readers but at least to me I got an important lesson You shouldn't never to get so obsessive while doing what you do for love reaching a level where you don't enjoy any of doing it Rd1 Everybody has passions but when you get obssesed about it you lose the joy of doing it The most important thing is to keep enjoying whatever you do for the fun of doing it e6 Life is too short Enjoy whatever you do And even something that it's considered as a hobby an activity of relaxation can be perverted if you don't enjoy any while doing it Bxd7 Nxd7 Commenting about something else I can't avoid to tell how much amusent provoked me when the priest who took care of Czentovic exclaimed Balaam's ass Honestly I don't what a priest usually says when he is shocked or when he needs to curse but reading that exclamation was priceless So funny b8 I am truly glad of having read this short story and I hope to read some material by this author in the future Nxb8 17 Rd8# Checkmate 'Nuff said