SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
The Anand vs Gelfand match will have done as much to damage the public perception of chess as Kasparov losing to Deep Blue in 1997!
And what about future sponsorships? Who is going to be crazy enough to throw away this kind of money when even the die-hard chess fans have to make excuses and apologize to their non-chessplaying friends … and even stop watching themselves?
UP IN SMOKE!
Is there a lesson to be drawn from this match? Should we start holding world championship matches out of public view? Is there anything to do about the impotence both players displayed in Moscow? I don’t know if there are any solutions…but right now I am so disgusted with the attitude of both players that I just want to forget about the match and pretend that it never happened. I know that many of my readers feel the same way!
ADVICE TO BOTH PLAYERS FOR THE FUTURE: