Analogic Thinking & National Character

Frank Marshall,the WW2 U.S.chess champion for eight consecutive years,was a tall red haired Californian who went east and founded the famous Marshall chess club in N.Y.C.He was a solidly built white male.Serena Williams is a solidly built black female who hails from Compton California and who at 5’11″just misses qualifying as tall by today,s standards.She has had her name emblazoned at Forest Hills as U.S tennis champion six(?)times.Both are deserving of the term”power player”and each has”owned” New York.Frank Marshall’s slashing attack style did not hold up well against the top Europeans.In a showdown with Edward Lasker,he went 0&8 with 7(?)draws.If they survived his attack other grandmasters usually dismembered his end game.Watching Serena through the years I find myself expecting her opponents to contribute to their own defeat by committing unforced errors.An intimidation factor that certainly affects outcome operating for her.
Is there such a thing as national character?Probably but it is hard to demonstrate empirically and reliably.We are a people who love the home run and who prefer football to soccer.The geopolitical environment that we share with 7 1/2 billion others requires the ability to finesse and to go from offense to defense as required by the situation as often as needed.Serena will go on to win more tournaments but time ran out on Frank Marshall.We need adept leadership to continue to hold our own in the modern,nuclear world.

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