Sticking Upward For Chess

I did a chess-related audio seize with teeth for a local radio station this forenoon (Nov 2007). I've done a fair few of these over the years as well as you lot tend to larn asked the same erstwhile questions. The work is that they are only using you lot to fill upwardly inwards a brace of minutes at the destination of the hour, earlier the intelligence bulletin kicks in. You are the equivalent of the 'skateboarding duck' even which is traditionally slotted into the destination of TV intelligence shows, only to heighten the viewers' spirits afterwards one-half an hr of depressing difficult intelligence stories. Or the 'dead donkey' which tin move conveniently 'dropped' should in that place move a large even which needs to a greater extent than time. In fact, that first-class TV comedy present of the 1990s to which I am referring could, but for the grace of God, receive got been named Drop the Chess Story. I'm as well as thus glad it wasn't.

Anyway, you lot ever receive got to facial expression to move asked something nearly the game's reputation for beingness 'slow' or 'boring', or nearly the picture of chessplayers every bit 'geeks' or 'nerds'. Tempting though it is for an erstwhile grump similar me to merchandise insult for insult as well as propose that I cannot intend of anything to a greater extent than slowly than listening to local radio - that would come upwardly across every bit snooty as well as middle-class - you lot receive got to play the game... accept a deep breath as well as tell something frothy as well as upbeat which chimes inwards with the banter that you lot hear coming downwards the holler upwardly work from larky lads as well as lasses inwards the studio. Well, that's what I tend to do, anyway. Anyone got a skillful riposte that they'd similar to propose inwards response to the 'slow, boring' jibe ?

One thought I had but did non implement was to inquire that the presenters do a flake of homework on chess earlier my slot. Next fourth dimension I mightiness propose that they become to 'YouTube' as well as search for 'Nakamura Dlugy'...

... 2 grandmasters playing one-minute chess whilst heavy stone music plays to a greater extent than or less them. After watching that, could they even as well as thus legitimately inquire me whether chess was slowly or boring?

Of course, the existent argue a lot of people intend chess is slowly is because they receive got never had contact with anyone who tin play it competently. They intend they know what chess is, but they don't. Most games as well as sports tend to move slowly as well as slowly when played past times the untutored or the incompetent. Even reasonably competent sport, every bit practised past times parks footballers, is non specially stimulating to sentinel when played inwards forepart of 2 men as well as a dog.

Here's a picayune experiment: adjacent fourth dimension you lot sentinel TV football, travail watching with the audio turned down. Dull, isn't it? It makes you lot realise that a huge business office of the fun comes from the dissonance made past times the crowd as well as the commentators. Much of the appeal of TV sport lies inwards beingness sucked into this province of majority hysteria which a lot of us notice irresistible. It wouldn't operate quite similar that for TV chess, of course, but in that place are other, subtler ways of getting people involved inwards things presented on the box.

As for the 'geek/nerd' jibe: my touchstone reply is to enjoin them nearly person similar Simen Agdestein, grandmaster as well as pro footballer. And right away star of the Norwegian equivalent of Strictly Come Dancing. Although that item reply is almost every bit trite as well as done-to-death every bit the enquiry it purports to answer, it's a agency of trying to enjoin them that chessplayers come upwardly inwards all shapes as well as sizes (although it has to move admitted that an unhealthily large proportion sport a 'y' chromosome) as well as that, with the geeks as well as nerds, in that place are 'jocks' as well as 'dudes' as well as 'babes' as well as 'alpha males' as well as 'brats' as well as 'fogies'... inwards fact, virtually every sort of revoltingly-named social stereotype that 1 tin intend of.

How do readers of my weblog respond to the geek/nerd jibe?

Whilst looking circular for some online video activity showing Agdestein playing football, or fifty-fifty doing the paso doble (haven't flora anything every bit yet), I came across some soccer activity featuring some other chessplayer, Torkil Nielsen, who was reputedly the chess champion of the Faroes Islands as well as has a rating inwards the mid-2100s as well as thus he's a decent player. He was the Faroe Islands soccer histrion who scored the winning goal for his province against Republic of Austria inwards 1 of the biggest international soccer upsets of all fourth dimension inwards a European Championship qualifying jibe inwards 1990. Here's the video...

... or at least, hither it was, until those spoilsports at UEFA denied us the pleasance of seeing it on YouTube. Had it even as well as thus been available, I would receive got warned you lot to plough the audio downwards on your reckoner earlier watching it - the commentator goes completely berserk. "Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!! Ludwig Wittgenstein!! Sigmund Freud!! Kurt Waldheim!! Arnold Schwarzenegger!! Can you lot hear me, Arnold Schwarzenegger!! We gave your boys a helluva beating!!" Well, he could receive got been maxim something similar that, couldn't he?

Enough of the chess, it's nearly fourth dimension for the intelligence headlines...

This has been John Saunders...
At 3 minutes to eight...
BBC Ambridge...
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