The Tao of Gaming

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A Quote to Remember (Analysis Paralysis Edition)

In the days before chess clocks, a player might wait for hours while his opponent decided on a move.

The most notorious slowpoke in England was Elijah “The Bristol Sloth” Williams: In the fourth game of his London match against Henry Thomas Buckle in 1851, Williams lavished such exquisite care on his 25th move that Buckle had time to write two chapters of his History of Civilization.

Buckle won. “The slowness of genius is hard to bear,” he said, “but the slowness of mediocrity is intolerable.”

[Found on Futility Closet.]

(And I’m going to start using that nickname. Who will be The Alamo Sloth?)


Written by taogaming

May 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm

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  1. I love that quote.

    Sean Tompkins

    May 31, 2011 at 3:55 pm

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