Chess’ Online Dilemma
There is a curious similarity between the current US presidential election (Donald Trump vs Joe Biden), and the plight of the Chess World since the pandemic was declared.
For the American voter, neither candidate is a good choice, but the voter must choose the lesser evil. Not much of a choice, you say? I agree 100%! Infact, there is no REAL choice. We call this a DILEMMA.
In the case of chess playing since the pandemic began, us players also face a dilemma: between playing no chess (OTB) or having to play ONLINE, with everything that that implies.
The online gaming world is struggling. Not just with respect to widespread cheating, but there is a complete lack of regulation. There are no international standards, no legal constructs, no player rights, no single international umbrella organization or federation.
Players are at the mercy of privately owned platforms that answer to nobody and make that very clear from the very beginning.
FIDE finds itself–as it begins to explore the online world — between a rock and a hard place. FIDE is highly regulated, has a constitution, has regular democratic elections, must conform to rigorous international standards, is a member of the IOC, and must observe all international legal norms.
In short, FIDE has international responsibilities and obligations that extend well beyond the day to day activities of chess.
FIDE players also have rights that can not be ignored or violated, and players must have right to legal recourse if banned, accused of cheating or what ever.
I believe that virtually the entire chess world EAGERLY awaits the first opportunity to return to over the board play (OTB) and to having an OPTION to the chaos of the online gaming world. See less
This opinion was first published on my FaceBook page.