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“Anyone who is serious about developing skills on the chessboard will do it mainly by spending countless hours studying games played by the masters. You analyze a position in depth, predicting the next move, and if you get it wrong, you go back and figure out what you missed. Research has shown that the amount of time spent in this sort of analysis—not the amount of time spent playing with others—is the single most important predictor of a chess player’s ability.” —,

I truly dgaf about chess, it’s highly-distilled boredom for me, but this is really interesting: playing isn’t what makes you good! Studying the best players’ games and *predicting* their moves and refining your prediction skills (or presumably your understanding of their decision making, which is probably even better) make you good.

In coding, we don’t do that much of this kind of deliberate prediction in coding. We can’t, since programs’ backgrounds are much more varied than chess. But still 🤔

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