Category Archives: Mastery

Book Review: “Deep Work” by Cal Newport

“Men of genius themselves were great only by bringing all their power to bear on the point on which they decided to show their full measure.” – Antonin-Dalmace Sertillanges, The Intellectual Life, as quoted in Deep Work p.35. Cal Newport is an … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Mindset” by Carol Dweck

What an utter disappointment this book was. I wasted a few evenings reading it, having to force myself to read on, thinking the good stuff must be just around the corner. Well, it never came. This will be a short … Continue reading

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Review – November 2016

From a chess point of view, October was a non-event. I was away on holiday for two weeks, had visitors for a few days and spent a lot of time on work (a few big tasks all delivering at the … Continue reading

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Review – September 2016 – Tactics, tactics, tactics

I am glad to report that I have continued to stick to the undertaking I made at the end of July to not change my study plan for at least the rest of 2016. This means that I do a … Continue reading

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Is Practice Enough?

Anders Ericsson’s work on deliberate practice was popularised by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers, the source of the oft-quoted 10,000 hour rule. I am a partial believer in Ericsson’s work. I believe that nobody could master (not ‘be very good at’, but ‘master’) a … Continue reading

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Review – June and July 2016

Two bits of news for the two months of June and July. Firstly, the July 2016 ECF ratings list is out and I now have my highest rating yet, of 111 (1533 Elo). Nothing special, but at least I have … Continue reading

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Book review: “The Score Takes Care Of Itself” by Bill Walsh

I subscribe to Ryan Holiday’s reading recommendation email. His focus is on stoicism and American history, but he reads wider than that and I have found some gems through his recommendations. The latest of these is The Score Takes Care Of … Continue reading

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