Chess issues

Discussion of chess issues by National Master Kevin Pacey

  1. Some past issues re: CFC Governors (aka Voting Members)

    by , 02-11-2021 at 11:49 PM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    Nowadays the modern NFP act leaves the CFC less flexible in the way it can make changes - at the least a payment to the federal government may be required to change important CFC regulations. Hence at the moment there would seem little appetite for changing the way people become CFC VMs (e.g. One [CFC] Member One Vote, or possibly new qualifications to become/stay a VM), or to change the %/number of VMs chosen annually, notably so that there are less of them, proportionally, compared to the total ...

    Updated 02-19-2021 at 01:26 AM by Kevin Pacey

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  2. Goals that the Chess Federation of Canada might aim for in future

    by , 09-14-2017 at 12:44 PM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    Here are some thoughts and lists of mine regarding goals that the CFC might aim for at some time in the future:

    The following is based on an April 2017 chesstalk discussion forum post of mine:

    Regarding the 2012 CFC Long-term Planning Committee report, a lot of the planning was based on repeating previous success stories in the case of Windsor. Fwiw, my first instinct was that Windsor was something of a special case, but I still saw quite a lot that could be salvaged ...

    Updated 06-02-2020 at 01:25 AM by Kevin Pacey

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  3. Why is chess so popular among board games of skill?

    by , 09-26-2016 at 03:09 PM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    On the Chess Variant Pages website, webmaster Fergus Duniho recently wrote:

    "...Chess has been finely honed by natural selection to be free of arbitrariness. Every rule and piece in Chess serves a purpose, and none are arbitrary. Since Chess is what won the survival of the fittest among Chess variants, I expect that any variant capable of succeeding Chess would also have to be free of arbitrariness. But most Chess variants differ from Chess through some arbitrary change to it, ...

    Updated 11-17-2020 at 03:09 AM by Kevin Pacey

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  4. Discussion of some modern problems for chess (e.g. computers)

    by , 09-04-2016 at 02:05 AM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    Here's a list of what at least some people may see as some modern problems for chess, together with my discussion of each:

    1. Computers are better than the top humans (e.g. now there may be less public respect for chess & chessplayers).

    A common argument is to draw the analogy that sprinters don't compete with motorized vehicles, so why compare chessplayers to engines? A counter-argument may be that chess used to demonstrate the glory of man's intellect, and having ...

    Updated 05-21-2017 at 11:29 AM by Kevin Pacey

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  5. 12 reasons to play chess

    by , 08-17-2015 at 02:18 AM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    Here are 12 possible reasons I chose (from the many) that people may like to play chess because of, without much taking skill level or ambition into account (for me, what first grabbed my attention as a child was the magnificent & regal beauty of a typical chess set). Particular emphasis is given to factors that are unique to chess. There are 5 general themes: Excitement, Entertainment, Artistry, Satisfaction & Personal Expression:

    On the lighter side:

    1. Cheapos ...

    Updated 09-03-2018 at 02:36 PM by Kevin Pacey

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