2017 FIDE Grand Prix

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…..


2 thoughts on “2017 FIDE Grand Prix

  1. Sadly we have transformed into an A.D.D. and A.D.H.D. society and peoples attention spans will never be able to take mainstream chess serious. Once everything got so technological that killed all possibility of chess becoming widely viewed in america. Its just far too many other things for people to be doing than watch two players stare at a board and pieces for hours. The society we live in needs things fast paced and chess is far to slow. Also, with over 300 million people in the united states only 60 thousand play in organized chess events. Im no math major but im willing to bet thats way lower than 1% of the population. Sometimes i wish chess had more publicity, but its unique and obscure essence is far too unique for the masses. In some ways that makes me smile…..keep up the blogging!!

    1. Yeah, I guess you’re right. I thought we had a chance back when the PCA and FIDE were running the action tournaments with GM Maurice Ashley as commentator. Alas, it wasn’t to be.

      However, I’m still not happy with the players for phoning it in during this tournament. I’ll tell you what, it makes me appreciate being able to watch Kasparov and Magnus in their prime. Both would have DOMINATED this tournament.

      Now that I’m over my week-long illness, I’ll be back to blogging regularly.


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