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How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 258 (or “The Unsuccessful Attempts at Channeling Bobby Fischer”)


You have become obsessed with playing the Play Magnus chess app in which you are pitted against a computer opponent modeled after chess champion Magnus Carlsen’s chess-playing ability between the ages of 5 and 23, with each age serving as a different difficulty level.

While you have always felt that your chess acumen was lacking, you find yourself flummoxed by the fact that after two months of playing the app, you are unable to defeat “Magnus at age 8” even though you are 30 years old and have two college degrees.