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  1. Standard member mchill
    Green Lantern
    02 Dec '17 00:11 / 2 edits
    As I mentioned before, back in the 70's and 80's America was still basking in the glow of the post Fischer era, USCF membership was well over 100,000. Now the USCF struggles to maintain 80,00 members (many of them children who drop out soon after joining) and I think I found out why. How can chess compete with this? DISCLAIMER: Any females exploring these links WILL be offended.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH1fLgsRj74

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E7H9QwBiss

    It looks like the gamer boys are playing with more than one joystick!
  2. Subscriber ogb
    02 Dec '17 06:06
    Originally posted by @mchill
    As I mentioned before, back in the 70's and 80's America was still basking in the glow of the post Fischer era, USCF membership was well over 100,000. Now the USCF struggles to maintain 80,00 members (many of them children who drop out soon after joining) and I think I found out why. How can chess compete with this? DISCLAIMER: Any females exploring these li ...[text shortened]... com/watch?v=2E7H9QwBiss

    It looks like the gamer boys are playing with more than one joystick!
    hey, it's all good...entertainment is where you find it.....
  3. 02 Dec '17 07:45
    But then, Fischer was one hell of a player.
    The quality of his games stands out, even among world champions.
    Crystal clear plans and implementation, something you will not see
    in most WC collections.
  4. Subscriber moonbus
    Uber-Nerd
    02 Dec '17 23:57
    Such games appear to me to be the extension-in-motion of Frank Frazetta's style of fantasy art, which influenced a generation of comic book readers.

    http://frankfrazetta.net/Bio.html
  5. Subscriber vandervelde
    medieval punk rocker
    03 Dec '17 02:40
    Fischer, rock'n'roll listening loner single-handedly defeated SSSR state machinery in chess.

    He was star like tal, but the average audience didn't grasp neither of them as chess players, people was (were? I'll never learn and am lazy to google now) fascinated by combinations and eyes (in Tal's case) and with the fact that an American can put Soviet domination in danger.

    Perhaps good advertising gurus can help chess to come in public focus again.
  6. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    05 Dec '17 00:01
    Normally I avoid these kinds of threads, but when I see pictures of the Russian Ladies Team, I am inclined to think that one can have his cake and eat it, too.

    When I was younger, there were only guys at tournaments, and even kids were somewhat rare. If a lady walked into the tournament hall, everyone turned and staired in surprise.

    Nowadays, if I were younger, I would be more distracted. Heck, I'm still distracted, but it would have been worse...
  7. Subscriber rookie54
    free tazer tickles..
    05 Dec '17 21:18
    on/in both junior high and senior high school chess clubs and there were female members (good ones, too) and this was in the mid sixties...
    they just played chess...
  8. 08 Dec '17 18:25
    "My God he plays so simply" -Suetin on Fischer during game 7 vs. Petrosian in the 1971 Candidates knock-out Match