Time to Re-think the System?
Amazing! There is no better word to describe Magnus’ recent results. But, if you are a spectator like me, you must by now realize that the anachronistic 19th-century practice of a rich patron organizing a private tournament where he invites his favourite race horses just does not cut the mustard of the 21st-century world.
Too many Americans. Too many Europeans. Does it make sense to constantly invite players who continually lose against Magnus? Why do we allow rich patrons to call the shots?
Under the present circumstances we have too many familiar faces, most of which have never won a big tournament. We have, essentially, a biased system of private events organized by vested interests that do not represent the real chess world.
Not enough Chinese players are invited. Not enough Indian players are invited. Not enough Asian players invited. Time to invite the new generation of players: the ‘Dubov’s’ and the ‘Duda’s’.
Players who will not commit suicide against Magnus with the White pieces. If we don’t put our faith in the new and up and coming generation of players, then we will be losing what is truly great about chess.
And we will never really see what Magnus is truly capable of.
The Elo System? I have not forgotten about this lame excuse for constantly inviting the same players instead of the up and coming players. The Elo system has been manipulated by American and European organizers for too long.
Just take a short look at how EASY it is to manipulate your rating! And ask yourself, how many of the top 20 players in the world have been manipulating their ratings? How many European and American organizers have helped them in this process?