A curious thing about the game of chess is in how it can captivate the soul. Highly intelligent and very successful people can become totally absorbed by chess to the exclusion of everything else. What is it that they are looking for?
I have my own ideas about this but think it better that people figure it out for themselves, the answer will appear in its own time. All I can say is that I don’t buy into the conventional view that chess can become an irrational obsession for the mentally troubled, the chess journey is something very real.
As for my two famous wannabes they are Marcel Duchamp and Aleister Crowley. Both of them spend many hours studying chess, the former studying for 2 hours a day in his university years, the latter having chess as a life long passion, despite the great success he enjoyed as an artist.
Here’s an interesting series of videos on Duchamp and chess: