17 December 2022

2022 FWFRCC Wrapup

Before moving on to other topics, here's a summary of posts on the recent 'FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship' (FWFRCC):-

At the time of the previous FWFRCC event -- see [2019] FWFRCC Wrapup (December 2019) for a summary -- there was some talk of organizing it every two years. Sorry I can't give an exact reference, but COVID upset whatever plans were intended. I closed that '2019 Wrapup' post saying,

Dare we call the tournament the first FWFRCC? Will there be a second? Let's have a big round of applause for the many people who played a role in making the event possible.

Now we can ask, 'Will there be a third?' And let's repeat that 'big round of applause'. The live, commentated finals constituted some of the best chess viewing I've witnessed, and my experience goes all the way back to the 1972 Fischer - Spassky match.


Later: After I wrote the post, I recalled a previous post on my main blog that sheds some light on that last sentence; see The Man Who Put Chess on Television (May 2012; Shelby Lyman).


Mark Weeks said...

Some relevant comments by Nic Bentulan (@nicbentulan) against the Twitter anchor for this post:-


HarryO said...

Enjoy Xmas 2022 Mark. Agree, it was an awesome event and most of the commentary was great. I'm surprised and relieved by the twist in the plot that the elite now think FRC is fairer to black than standard chess! The main issue now, is that some like Larry Kaufman think 960 is too drawish. What a twist in the plot! To me, his solution "Chess324" degrades chess because it does not tell the full story of Chess. Bobby had a *lot* more wisdom by leaving Chess fully intact with his 960 invention not being tempted by "improvements". If chess is drawish and 960 uncovers it through a general relativity theory somehow, isn't that wonderful?

Mark Weeks said...

Merry Christmas to you, Harry. When Larry Kaufman says anything, it's in reference to engines. For all I care, engines can continue playing draws until the cows come home. The limitations of engines don't diminish the pleasure of playing chess without all the tedious opening theory (no thanks to engines on that either).

I hear you on *improvements*. It seems that everyone who starts playing chess960 has to get in their two cents about how to "improve" it. Who even asked them? - Have a great 2023, Mark