Media demolishes Carlsen match before it even begins!
“Next month, there’s a world chess championship match in New York City, and the two competitors, the assembled grandmasters, the budding chess prodigies, the older chess fans — everyone paying attention — will know this indisputable fact: A computer could win the match hands down…”
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It is beginning to turn into a recognizable pattern in America. Since Garry Kasparov lost in a highly publicized match in 1997 against an IBM computer, chess has lost a great deal of prestige. Almost 20 years later, we find that virtually every major North American newspaper (print or online) has since dropped its weekly chess column. Sponsors (few that they were even back then) have virtually disappeared, and the few that remain are mostly one-man shows, not companies.
Actually, the trend is global, not just in America. As long ago as 2009 I wrote about the then recent findings in sports/sponsorship/research that chess’ fundamental problem from the marketing point of view is that the game lacks both prestige and visibility. Seven years later, the situation has degenerated: today chess ONLY EXISTS on the internet. Virtually every major tournament organizer, from Gibraltar to Moscow to New York to London does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to attract what ANY self-respecting sport needs: spectators who come out to watch in person.
Gentlemen, the internet is NOT the answer to chess’ problems.
Getting back to the upcoming Carlsen vs Karjakin match that will start in just a couple of weeks in New York, the above article that initiated the subject of this blog today is probably the KISS OF DEATH to Fide’s crown jewel title match.
Much as the initial NY-Times article that tore the heart and soul out of America’s first Olympiad victory in more than 80 years in September–and which lead to a TOTALboycott by all major American news services on the USA’s victory in Baku–what we can now likely expect is to see a virtual blackout by mainstream media of the Carlsen vs Karjakin match.
This is a sad scenario if it indeeds takes place, but we the chess world have only ourselves to blame. If we respect chess so little by consistently hiding our top compeitions in the obscure bowels of the internet (and even make those few spectators who find these sites sign legal waivers to watch) then we , the chess world, don’t deserve better…