Hey everyone! Just dropped in to throw together a quick editorial.
I’ve been watching the 1st leg of the 2017 FIDE Grand Prix, which is one of the steps towards fighting for the world chess championship.
The tournament is taking place in Sharjah in the UAE (United Arab Emirates). Even though the tournament has exciting players such as Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), plus a number of weaker players in the field, the tournament has been a snooze fest! After 8 rounds (of 9), the leaders are only at +2 (2 more wins than loses), with a draw ratio close to 80%! If Gary Kasparov were still playing, he would be absolutely KILLING this group of players!
If world chess is ever going to have a chance for mainstream media, the players need to help by playing FIGHTING CHESS!
….That is all…..