I like Seth Godin’s definition of Art:
“Art is what we’re doing when we do our best work”.
We all enjoy Art, but creating the Art is more difficult and rare:
- Many people read and enjoy books, but very few are good at writing them
- Many people enjoy seeing paintings by Monet and Picasso in a museum, and appreciate their quality; very few actually create paintings, let alone ones that become classics
- It’s relatively easy to read a computer program and understand what it does (or find a bug). It’s much more difficult to craft well designed computer programs.
Chess is no different. It’s fun to watch a game and observe brilliant moves. It’s much more difficult to make a brilliant move, especially when the clock is ticking.