Dr. Alexey Root presented a page about “loss aversion” from Andrew Soltis’s forthcoming book What it takes to become a chess master to Denton High School chess club members. In chess, as in life, “people have stronger feelings about losing than about winning.” Both class players and masters fight when losing.

As in the game presented last week, however, class players tend to relax when they are winning. In contrast, masters keep pressing. Students examined a position from the Soltis book that accompanied the loss aversion text. There was also time for some chess games for fun. No chess club next week, due to Spring Break.