Linus Torvalds thinks like a chess grandmaster


I’ve uncovered evidence that Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, may entertain a secret hobby.

An interview of Linus Torvalds in a recent issue of IEEE Spectrum had the following passage:


I’d rather make a decision that turns out to be wrong later than waffle about possible alternatives for too long.

On the surface, this sounds like your usual admonition against analysis paralysis (Wikipedia). But what Linus said echoes something that Alexander Kotov (Wikipedia), former chess grandmaster, wrote in 1971 in his Thinking like a Grandmaster (Amazon):


Better to suffer the consequences of an oversight than suffer from foolish and panicky disorder in analysis.

If I didn’t know better I would conclude that the same person wrote these two passages.

Author: David Lindelöf

David is currently Chief Technology Officer at Neurobat AG where he leads the development of smart, embedded systems for the energy-efficient control of indoor climate. He lives infinitesimally close to Geneva in Switzerland with his family.

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