Thursday, April 21, 2011
Writing and chess
The machine starts you out on level 2 which is one notch above persistent vegetative thinkers. I started out losing for the first couple days, then I had to go up a level to get a good game, and recently I went up to level 4. Still not Boris Spasky by any stretch, but after getting really ticked off because I couldn't beat the machine at level 4, I checked out a couple games, recounts of historic matches, and I could tell right away why I was getting into trouble. Now I'm beating level 4 and thinking of moving up.
It's startling how similar the experience is to writing, although, the act of writing is far more complex and takes much longer to move up the rungs. Practice anything and you'll get better. And when you reach a level and can't seem to figure out how to take the next step up, it doesn't hurt to check out how the masters did it.
And I bet you thought this would be another guy telling you about moving the protag and counter moving with the antag, etc...
p.s. In case anyone's wondering, the picture is a closeup of a rook. Duh.