Wednesday, December 1, 2021

"No one has won a regulation game in a [chess] world championship since the Obama administration"

Oliver Roeder with several, aggressive suggestions for change:

Format inversion

Keep it simple! Instead of 14 games in which the players start with 120 minutes, play 120 games where the players start with 14 minutes. Do it over a long weekend.

Gray scale

Paint all pieces the same color — not black or white, but gray. Otherwise, play proceeds as normal. If at any point a player touches a piece that isn’t actually theirs, they lose.


‘Squid Game’ furniture

Both players’ chairs are made of glass; only one is tempered.