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  1. 19 Dec '08 02:57
    I have a "hairbrain" idea of doing a chess show on local public access tv. I think it could draw an underground audience, and would be educational, which is good for the youth. It could promote the educational aspect of the game as well.

    I'm looking for comments, ideas, whatever.... let me know what you would watch. Would you watch a TV show about chess? It wouldn't be about showing live games, it would be more of a talk show with tutuorials, analysis, interviews, history, etc. Something that can teach and open up this game of mystery to people, while being entertaining to those who already enjoy and understand chess. I'm also fascinated by the younger kids at our club and around the city who play great chess and this could be a fun way for them to get on TV and talk about the game, showing the great youth we have here.

    What do you think?
  2. 19 Dec '08 03:29
    Originally posted by passedpawn22
    I have a "hairbrain" idea of doing a chess show on local public access tv. I think it could draw an underground audience, and would be educational, which is good for the youth. It could promote the educational aspect of the game as well.

    I'm looking for comments, ideas, whatever.... let me know what you would watch. Would you watch a TV show abo ...[text shortened]... TV and talk about the game, showing the great youth we have here.

    What do you think?
    I love the idea, but then I'm sort of a nerd.
  3. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    19 Dec '08 03:58
    Originally posted by passedpawn22
    I have a "hairbrain" idea of doing a chess show on local public access tv. I think it could draw an underground audience, and would be educational, which is good for the youth. It could promote the educational aspect of the game as well.

    I'm looking for comments, ideas, whatever.... let me know what you would watch. Would you watch a TV show abo ...[text shortened]... TV and talk about the game, showing the great youth we have here.

    What do you think?
    An excellent idea. It will take a long term commitment to make it sucessful however, which may present a problem of running out of
    ideas for the show. Most Americans, as you know, thinks of chess players roughly on the same level as gypsy violinists. It will take some time to begin to attract some of those on the " fringe" to watch on a regular basis.
  4. 19 Dec '08 04:09
    I think in order to attract an audience, the most important factor would be to keep it on the "lighter side" of chess; you aren't (or shouldn't) be trying to appeal to the players like us on RHP- your target should be beginners and casual players, because of the pyramidal style of chess players, the majority of potential viewers will be at this level. Thus, much should focus on the history, the scandals, the controversies (some examples- bobby fischer, deep blue match v Kasparov, 2006 "bathroom" controvery at World Chess Championship, etc. as well as interviews with GMs, upcoming young players, etc. You can have some chess content, but it should ideally be at the beginner level- useful to those below 1100 or 1200 rating.
  5. 19 Dec '08 04:11
    Anything would be an improvement over this:

    YouTube
  6. Standard member Lukerik
    Stick your hands up
    19 Dec '08 04:30
    You need hot chicks.

    http://www.chesspics.com/rating.php?r=2

    Do a bit of research and then see if you can charm one or two of them in to doing a 10 minute video.
  7. 19 Dec '08 13:05 / 3 edits
    Originally posted by Lukerik
    You need hot chicks.

    http://www.chesspics.com/rating.php?r=2

    Do a bit of research and then see if you can charm one or two of them in to doing a 10 minute video.
    yes i agree, hot chicks and plenty of sensationalistic journalism??? without a doubt chess is the most exciting sport there is, one move and you can be history, therefore i suggest that you may try to find a balance between the artfulness of the game and an attempt to convey the excitement, how this may be achieved in a tasteful way i do not know, but one must take chess from the realms of nerdom and bring it into the lights of the 21 century, perhaps some personal profiles or historical aspects as to the players themselves and the times in which they lived, or some anecdotal stories of interest may also work, controversy between personalities, playing styles, accusations, refusal to shake hands, going to the toilet, taking dope, political bombs hurled, anti this or anti that, philosophical arguments, personal insults and slights, good guys verses bad guys (anand v kramnic for example) etc etc may also work, wish you well - Robbie.
  8. Standard member RECUVIC
    international loser
    19 Dec '08 16:23
    A chess reality show would seem to be more what audiences now require to stimulate those parts of their brains which are most concerned with trivial pursuits.Each chess piece could be represented by a team of real life human players,such as celebrity football or soccer teams ,or teams from universities and other educational institutions,and teams from many other organizations including schools of students of all ages,as well as dance and artistic group teams and in the media ,and religious groups ,groups of singers etc.No groups being specifically barred and that the King and Queen be elected by the remaining 14 players to select each chess move[being considered the best of the 16 players] advancement to the next round being by simple elimination of losing and drawing teams,one loss equals one exit team until the 2 finalist teams meet in the grand final,with each player standing or sitting on their designated square chosen by random lot drawing at start of each game.This would have great entertainment potential and attractive to many audiences of most age group.? Such an idea could be further built on and expanded in many different ways, and big cash prize could be made available for the finalist winning team by team collective sponsorship throughout the entire process. An interest in such a TV show would not then be limited merely to chess players but to non-players alike!--------------
  9. 19 Dec '08 17:59
    Originally posted by RECUVIC
    A chess reality show would seem to be more what audiences now require to stimulate those parts of their brains which are most concerned with trivial pursuits.Each chess piece could be represented by a team of real life human players,such as celebrity football or soccer teams ,or teams from universities and other educational institutions,and teams from many o ...[text shortened]... V show would not then be limited merely to chess players but to non-players alike!--------------
    lol, some people are simply not content to step over the line, but pole vault it!
  10. Standard member ivan2908
    SelfProclaimedTitler
    19 Dec '08 18:08
    Originally posted by Lukerik
    You need hot chicks.

    http://www.chesspics.com/rating.php?r=2

    Do a bit of research and then see if you can charm one or two of them in to doing a 10 minute video.
    Some of them are beautiful but some just have that sicko look...
  11. 19 Dec '08 19:44
    you'd need to show and talk about the exciting games, rather than your boring anand kramnik.

    So
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  12. Standard member RECUVIC
    international loser
    19 Dec '08 20:49
    Only one rule,besides normal chess rules,no previously played and or completed games and if final game is a draw the money available is split equally!
  13. 19 Dec '08 21:52
    I like this idea a lot, I would most certainly tune in, but that's me. As said before it would be difficult to reign in the fringe, potential viewers. You'd definitely have to make it exciting. Really make it clear when a player is dominating, or when someone has blundered. Of course it depends on what you would want to do with the show, but it must have a great deal of vivacity in order to draw people in, most people think the study of chess is boring.
  14. 19 Dec '08 22:13
    I think that for most people, chess is the sort of thing where you're either really into it or you don't care about it at all. I don't think there's enough serious chess players out there to attract many sponsors to make a chess channel work.

    Perhaps - you could have a channel devoted to a wide variety of classic board games - including chess, checkers, scrabble, backgammon, othello and the like - maybe also including card games like bridge.

    It might work better as a webcast than as a traditional TV channel. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if the internet became the main source of everyone's TV shows sometime in the near future.