Jular Views Read Edit View history. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Mohamed Mansy rated it it was amazing Dec 16, It is quit Not a terribly informative read, unless you are specifically interested in the Polgar sisters and even then, I think there will be better biographies. I liked the chessmen; they were toys for me. Also his daughter, Judit, could defeat him at chess when she was just five.
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Shelves: nonfiction Not a terribly informative read, unless you are specifically interested in the Polgar sisters and even then, I think there will be better biographies.
The book is presented as the transcript of an interview with Endre Farkas, seemingly reordered somewhat into chapters. This presentation means that Polgar does not manage to clearly set forth his system, instead responding only briefly on each of several points, with seemingly off-the-cuff answers that breezily dismiss certain topics.
It is Not a terribly informative read, unless you are specifically interested in the Polgar sisters and even then, I think there will be better biographies. It is quite common that Farkas will ask something like "What is the proper amount of X to do?
That is, his answer is non-informative, if not evasive. Of course, the interviewer being essentially friendly to him means that no strong criticisms are levelled and debated, so the exchanges seem facile and self-congratulatory. The interesting segments of the book, relating to the practical pedagological matters, could be summarised completely in a couple of pages. The main points are 1 that parents should choose a specialism for their child, not wait for them to develop an interest 2 instruction should begin while they are young around 3 to 5 , along with language instruction 3 instruction should be fun, framing things as work or play is unhelpful, challenges should be part of play so that a child enjoys their specialism.
That, and a general spirit of striving for excellence and not socially-accepted mediocrity, is the essence of the programme. Polgar is essentially a blank-slatist, but does not put forward a great position for that side.
His arguments consist mostly of vague allusions to some studies, and pithy lines quoted from famous figures. He admits that the example of the Polgars does not contribute significantly to that debate, all three being related. It was, however, interesting to learn of the ripples they made for women in chess.
The translation by Gordon Tisher is adequately clear but not excellent, the English copy has several minor mistakes, and some of the renditions appear to still be contorted by either Esperanto or Hungarian structure.
He later recalled that "when I looked at the life stories of geniuses" during his student years, "I found the same thing They all started at a very young age and studied intensively. He concluded that if he took the right approach to child-rearing, he could turn "any healthy newborn" into "a genius. When a child is born healthy, it is a potential genius.
Bring Up Genius! (Nevelj zsenit!)