There are a lot of tournaments at play this week! Grenke and the European Individual Championship (women) finished just yesterday. Reykjavik, Karpov and Shamkir are just warming up. Plus loads of others including team championships in China.
How to choose which tournament to follow?
Urcan raises a practical point. If you have only so much time to tune in on tournament websites to find out what is happening, then you can quickly get overwhelmed by the quantity of coverage of today’s tournaments. Disoriented even. This is partly the result of the growing information highway, and partly because many tournament organizers today are indifferent to the average chess-internauter’s limited time available.
This is again aggravated by the fact that too many tournament organizers use the internet to dump low quality, unedited and poorly crafted video of their events. The worse culprit is live video streaming that goes on for hours and hours…after a couple of days it accumulates and begins to smell of dead fish. The visitor can easily get the feeling that he is being abused and his time wasted.
The result is that the average visitor to a typical tournament website is quickly disoriented, turns off and moves immediately on to another site. Ofcourse, not all organizers are guilty of this. Some websites are very well organized and allow for the visitor to quickly orient himself to find out the essential of the tournament: who is playing, what are the results, what happened today, etc. Interviews can be interesting providing they are not too technical. It makes little sense to interview an exhausted player.
Simple suggestions to tournament organizers
- If you feel that you must upload video, then try to edit it first. No one is interested in a player scratching his nose or thinking for half an hour. A four hour game can be effectively packaged into a 10-minute summary.
- After a couple of days, remove the videos from the YouTube channel or archive them. Visitors appreciate an organized site. Keeping videos online just adds to the clutter.
- Present important information about the tournament in an easy to find manner.
- Don’t just dump material onto the website and then forget about it. Instead: 1.Edit. 2.Organize.3.Update 4.Repeat this process round by round.
Topalov wins in beautiful style!
Yesterday’s round 2 of the Shamkir international tournament say Topalov return to his former brilliance, winning in typical Alekhine style agains the Polish star Wojtaszek.
gm Wojtaszek,R – gm Topalov,V Shamkir rd2
Martin Luther Jr. Quote:
I can watch this all day long…