When you see a good move, look for a better one.

Emanuel Lasker

It is worth noting that Lasker often played the opponent, not the board (e.g. he was known to pick a move he knew was not optimal, but which his opponent found most uncomfortable). He would go for tactics vs positional players, and for slow positional play vs tactical players. He was very annoying to play against, apparently. Also was the champion for 27 years, while having an academic career.

See also "nettlesomeness":


2Curiouskid5ySee also: "The Perfect/Great is the enemy of the Good"
8bentarm5yLasker may have said this, but it also pre-dates him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmanuel_Lasker#Quotations [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmanuel_Lasker#Quotations]It's also not always good advice. Sometimes you should just satisfice [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satisficing]. Chess is often one of these times, as you have a clock. If you see something that wins a rook, and spend the rest of your time trying to win a queen, you're not going to win the game.

Rationality Quotes Thread March 2015

by Vaniver 1 min read2nd Mar 2015235 comments


Another month, another rationality quotes thread. The rules are:

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