There is a fascinating article by Dylan Loeb McClain in the New York Times entitled: “Good at Chess? A Hedge Fund May Want to Hire You.” It seems that many of the stars of Wall Street and business are also phenomenal chess players.
To cite just a few of the articles examples: Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and currently running Clarium Capital is a Chess Master; Warren Buffett is an outstanding Bridge player and D. E. Shaw Group, a hedge fund, “…lists among its employees a life master at bridge, a past “Jeopardy!” champion and Anna Hahn, the 2003 United States women’s chess champion…on its payroll.
Talk about “Play Power;” think of the benefits derived from investing in a simple deck of cards or a plastic chess set. I have long felt that our major retailers do us all a disservice by not featuring games and toys that make us smarter.
Think about the good that could result if a retailer presented consumer with a prominent end cap of chess sets. Not just inexpensive ones, but sets that run the gamut in quality. Imagine the benefits to the individual and society in a world that is increasingly demanding intelligence as the gateway to success and even a paycheck.
Bottom line, children should be encouraged to play chess, to play card games and any other game that teaches thinking strategically, tactically and many steps ahead. It won’t just help children grow up to run hedge funds. It will help turn kids into adults who know how to play the biggest game of all; the game of life.