Today’s Vintage Chess Humor!
The Trust Game
Image from the legendary American ChessReview magazine (from the 1960s) projecting a hypothetical future (the iconic year 1984) when chess is really ‘big time’: you can just feel the vibrations of excitement amongst the thousands of spectators in the stadium. It is a wonderful 1960-ish fantasy!
Fast forward to 2020, we see that not only has the world changed so much, but that also none of this has come to pass in the chess world. It is true that the internet is really BIG today, but it is equally true that chess is just a small (read: insignificant) part of this.
Curiously, while the whole world is rapidly developing individual footprints on the internet — it is very easy to create websites — television as a media platform is not just very relevant but is growing in status!
TV today is not just about that kind of special visibility and prestige that you can not find online (football and Formula 1, for example), but TV is rapdily becoming the most trusted media platform amongst young people.
The growing phenomenon of fake news, the increasingly unregulated and invasive manipulation of user data by social media giants FACEBOOK, GOOGLE and others, cyber crime and creative forms of online cannibalism are turning both people and companies to look to TV as a safer and more reliable investment for their futures. LINK
I hate to say it, but the more things change, the more they stay the same! Today, in 2020, the game of chess is still a very minor subculture, internet fantasies by FIDE or not. And TV is still the place where the whole family can come together.