Monday 25 May 2020

Faster then slower

A number of years ago GM Yasser Seirawan suggested that best way to make chess a spectator sport was to broadcast blitz events. The idea was to attract viewers who only wanted to watch quick, high intensity games, rather than longer more drawn out contests. However, once this happened, he suggested that spectators might gravitate to watching (and playing) slower games, where the ideas and strategies aren't lost in the flurry of hand movements and clock bashing.
It turns out we are pretty much at the first stage of this now. Almost all of the big online events taking place at the moment are being played with fast time controls. And while this is good for the platforms chess is currently be played on, I hope it isn't going to be the case when face to face chess resumes.
One reason why is the game I am showing below. It is a crushing win by Magnus Carlsen over Wesley So, and involves Carlsen winning a pieces v queen middlegame. But ultimately it was decided by one bad move by So, a move he would not have played with more thinking time available.

Carlsen,Magnus (2881) - So,Wesley (2741) [E21]
Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge Final 8 (1.4), 24.05.2020

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