Two questions Americans always seem to ask…

Question #1: How will this cheese go with my Ritz cracker?

Mmm.. looks yummy.

Question #2: How will this activity help my business?

“Will your course really allow me to make all that money in only two hours a week?”

World Chess Champion Vishy Anand is featured on the current cover of Forbes India.

[Continue reading to find out where the heck this post is going, if it is. ]

The article from Forbes INDIA is not too awful, actually. The writers do a pretty good job of not overreaching in trying to show how business can learn from chess. (Many such attempts at parallel just get downright silly.) In fact, one gets the impression that the writers actually wanted to cover Anand the chessplayer, and had to come up with some excuse to do the story.

Here in the U.S., at least, there is much more of a dismissive air of the activity itself, unless it can be shown to have potential for increasing personal prosperity. Whether we’re talking chess, music, or the arts in general, there is a perpetual expectation that an answer needs to be forthcoming explaining why practitioners are wasting their time doing what they are doing. (Do education funding cuts for the arts come to mind? We need to “equip” our children in core disciplines. The music program must go.)

And you wonder why the rest of the world sees Americans as shallow?

Vishy Anand demonstrates how to rest like a Grandmaster.

Now… what was I going to say?

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