Saturday, 14 August 2021

Why 'we' play serious chess

 I was part of a FIDE Planning and Development meeting this morning for Oceania, and at some point the topic of online/hybrid chess came up. Part of this discussion revolved around how popular/worthwhile is Hybrid Chess. The general consensus (from the people who had been involved in hybrid events) was that it was a lot of extra work for little extra reward. 

The main reason given for this was that it didn't offer ratings and titles. Of course this is due to the fact that it doesn't exactly match the format for OTB events, but there is also an undercurrent concerning the risk of cheating. 

The slightly strange thing is that players seem a little happier to play low key events for online ratings only, but not higher class events for no rating. The Joker may well have got it right when he said "If you are good at something, never do it for free", which in this case is about being paid in rating points.

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