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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Something You May Not Know About Wesley So

     Although I am not Jewish, I always admired Samuel Reshevsky for his strict adherence to his religious beliefs even if it sometimes interfered with his chess. He was also a family man and that was another thing I respected.
     In the past I have posted about Henrique Mecking's fight for life and how he was helped by his Catholic faith and the other day I came across an article in the August 18, 2017 issue of Christianity Today titled I'm a Rare Breed: An Elite Chess Player Who’s Open About His Faith,Why I follow Jesus publicly, even when people warn that my career will suffer. The article is by FIDE's currently number 4 rated Wesley So. Wesley So is on Facebook. So also did brief interview in Evangelical Focus in 2017.

3 comments:

  1. One of the best things about chess is that the game is either a win, a draw, or a loss. It doesn't matter if people like your religion, your hair cut, or your personality. If Wesley So continues to pay at a high level he will have a successful career. It is probably true that atheists and agnostics are a bit over-represented in top level chess that's just a guess), but I doubt Wesley has to worry about discrimination.

    Evangelical Christians, one of the largest and politically most powerful groups in America, have an annoying tendency to portray themselves as a persecuted, beleaguered band of martyrs

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  2. The term “evangelical Christian” has come to mean right-wing, fundamentalist Republican and has nothing to do with either evangelism or Christianity. The term is an indicator of social or political views rather than actual religious devotion.

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  3. You are correct. The terminology has become distorted, but we're stuck with it, like it or not.

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