Louis C.K.’s Chess Advice

I sucked so bad, I wanted to quit, but I’d been doing comedy for 15 years. It would be like leaving prison: how do you reintegrate into the workforce? – Louis C.K.

Louis Székely may or may not be a chessplayer, but if he were one, he’d be a good one. If Réti was correct that chess is a portrait of the intellectual struggle of mankind, the traits and habitudes that make for excellence in other fields have analogues in our Noble Game.

A recent motivational video highlighted what the editor takes to be a summary of Louis C.K.’s rules for success. I found that Louis’s brilliant observations really hit home with regards to chess. The video is pithy, entertaining, and probably not suitable for young children, though technically safe for work due to extensive bleeping.

Jacques Delaguerre