The internet makes chess accessible to all who have connections, as evidenced by the popularity of chess sites such as this one: Red Hot Pawn.
procyk–DeepThought RHP 2006
And all of chess is connected by similar threads and ingenious plays, like a knight move to the eighth rank of the f-file. These unusual moves showcase the spirit of creativity which imbues chess with its fun and whimsical ability, which itself allows unrestrained king hunts and chases to occur.
Alicia Abigail Gutierrez Mancillas–Klaudia Kulon World Junior Championship 2007
Even people with disabilities can play chess. It is unrestricted, and the only classification is pure, trained, talent and work put in. He, admittedly loses in this game, but Reginald Walter Bonham was born visually impaired, and later was World Blind, World Blind Correspondence, and British Correspondence Champions (not all at the same time, though, to my knowledge.) Mardle, victorious here, was also a great chess player while living with polio, who once beat GM Gligoric and associated with C. H. O'D Alexander, whom I have previously blogged about, and a biography of him can be found here: http://www.poliosurvivorsnetwork.org.uk/lincpin3-1.pdf
Denis Victor Mardle–Reginald Walter Bonham Hastings 1953
However, the Super Bowl, as, to some fans, as opposite from a quiet, intellectual board game as possible, did have two slight, unintentional, acknowledgements to chess.
Devin Funchess, a player for one of the teams with an interesting last name, was on-camera several times, in effect helping football fans realize that chess is fun (probably not, actually, but it’s fun to speculate.) Additionally, one advertisement (for the company who controls Pokémon) even showcased chess as an area of supreme individual achievement next to running, American football (this is the Super Bowl, after all), and, of course, Pokémon (it was their commercial.) In summary, chess was one of two non-obligatory sports of individual achievement. That’s good, right? Here’s the commercial.
One day, perhaps, chess will be followed by as many fans as American football, perhaps even Americans. (There are rumors that they’ll get the World Championship staged in St. Louis.) Until then, we chess players will carry the torch forward, and spread its flame as far as we can.
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