The Point of it All - A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors
Charles Krauthammer
Contributed by Jerrold Mcmenamin
Chapter 3
Summary

Chapter 3: Contests

Krauthammer shares his experience as a baseball fan. He admits the fallouts he had and the comebacks he managed. His interest grew on the Montreal Expos, a team he had no concern with until he found himself deep into loving their game. Apart from baseball, Krauthammer also talks about chess, another game he loves. He shares his experience and mentions the unexpected occurrences attributed to chess, such as the election of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in the Russian Empire. The author’s concern is on how Ilyumzhinov rules his people as if he is playing chess. Another game of interest to the author is football and he conjures it with the vengeance conducted by various individuals both in sports and in literature. Here, he talks about Vladimir Putin and his vengeance efforts on his neighbors for the wrongs done to Russia ages ago.

Again, the author talks about chess but this time it is on humans against machines. He majors his story on the experience of Gary Kasparov, and the revelation brought by the great chess player saying  that human beings can outsmart machines. The author believes that one-day machines will have feelings just like humans since humans started from carbon but evolved to the creatures they are today. Further, the author talks about golf, horse race, basketball and the greatest players in these games. In addition, he hypothesizes that the pleasure of winning is less as compared to the pain of losing (Krauthammer 55-62).

Analysis

This chapter is all about sports. The author understands that sports play an important role in our lives and he wants to show his support for the way of life. His decision to major on specific players such as Kasparov, LeBron, and Tiger Woods is an indication of his extensive knowledge of the different games. Essentially, the author is sharing his exclusive experience with sports and he wants to see if the readers agree. He mentions various individuals giving them the titles of the best players in the sports they play, and the author is sure that most of the readers will support his opinions. This is a way of evoking a conversation and realization that will send the readers thinking and discussing on the ideologies. The purpose is to induce practical arguments on the concept of sports since it is a realistic venture that aims at entertaining the world. Apart from that, the hypothesis put forth by the author on pleasure and pain is a way of triggering thoughts on the reader such that he or she will try to think about the experience tied to winning and losing, make a comparison then approve or disapprove the theory.

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