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  1. amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/156380011/

    Yep, my book has reclaimed the number 1 spot in the Bestsellers in Chess (Kindle, Paid) list. (If you click on the link some time in the future, that might have changed, of course.)

    With the huge financial windfall from this, I'll be able to afford, uh, I dunno, a new kettle or something. (Kindle sales are still pretty small.)

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    2. myk

      myk

      Creaphis said:
      That still doesn't explain how success causes me to lose confidence in my abilities rather than gain it, and I wish I could figure this out, as this self-defeating cognitive pattern turns up in my life every once in a while.

      Maybe an aversion to compromise, as being good at something may drive you to be involved in it in exclusion of other activities or possibilities. Perhaps a keen sense of skepticism that questions the value of achievements or that starts to ask whether what is being mastered is really worth it (this could be another way to see the compromise idea). Once you posted about imagining doing things (it was map editing, I think) rather than executing them; as if part of your mind were annoyed at the slowness of practical progress, wanting to move ahead instead to tackle challenges in imaginary or hypothetical ways, free from time constraints and tedious material steps.

      Oh and my kettle is a cheap rounded steel whistling kettle with a round back plastic handle :p

      (Incidentally, my toaster is also steel plated.)

    3. Creaphis

      Creaphis

      myk said:

      Maybe an aversion to compromise, as being good at something may drive you to be involved in it in exclusion of other activities or possibilities. Perhaps a keen sense of skepticism that questions the value of achievements or that starts to ask whether what is being mastered is really worth it (this could be another way to see the compromise idea). Once you posted about imagining doing things (it was map editing, I think) rather than executing them; as if part of your mind were annoyed at the slowness of practical progress, wanting to move ahead instead to tackle challenges in imaginary or hypothetical ways, free from time constraints and tedious material steps.

      Oh and my kettle is a cheap rounded steel whistling kettle with a round back plastic handle :p

      (Incidentally, my toaster is also steel plated.)


      I think that my fear of losing a chess game, which only developed after some unexpected victories, is likely due to excessive ego involvement like Grazza suggested. When I succeed in some area, my skill in said area becomes a part of my identity, and the thought of having this segment of my identity forcibly removed by failure makes me nervous. It's definitely true, though, that I have an aversion to compromising myself by specializing, and that I have far more interest in solving problems and creating things in my imaginary sandbox than in the real world. It's interesting that you phrase this in your post as if it's a positive thing: "keen" skepticism, "wanting [...] to tackle challenges." Unfortunately for me, I see no satisfactory way to preserve my consciousness while abandoning this physical realm of practical problems, so I see my aversion to actually doing things as a dangerous tendency that will undoubtedly cause problems for me later on. Even now, it's a minor struggle for me to physically reply to your post, rather than simply phrase my reply in my head and leave it at that.

      I'm sure this is a fact that those of you monitoring my posts will find interesting.

      Grazza said:

      Incidentally, when chess is used in TV shows, there tends to be some basic error made


      If you feel like being mad at something today, watch this.

    4. Grazza

      Grazza

      Creaphis said:

      If you feel like being mad at something today, watch this.

      Actually, the thing I found oddest was that Japanese guys would be playing chess at all, rather than shogi. The international form of chess has taken hold in most Asian nations (with China and India both chess "superpowers", and Vietnam on the rise), but Japan is an exception.

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