The boy—and then the man—had one salient cognitive goal, although he didn’t express it openly: He wanted to understand.
“You can’t win every game. Just do your best every time.”
Robert Frost once said about a successful education: “Just hanging around until you have caught on.”
Dreaming about chess didn’t happen often with Bobby. But when it did, the result was always something he could use in a future game, or the explanation of what he could have done in a lost or drawn game.