Chess issues

Discussion of chess issues by National Master Kevin Pacey

  1. 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 09-29-2018 at 12:26 AM by Kevin Pacey

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  2. 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 08-24-2018 at 05:27 PM by Kevin Pacey

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. A Canadian chessmaster discusses his benefits & disappointments from offline chess

    by , 08-15-2015 at 04:48 PM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    Based on old chesstalk message board posts of mine:

    First, I'll summarize my personal disappointments with competitive offline chess:

    As a Canadian teenager back in the 1970's I made some [optimistic] guesses about what chess might have in store for me, Canada, or even for the grand old game itself, if I decided to pursue it at least half seriously for a lifetime, and these guesses all proved to be entirely ... wrong.

    Guess #1: I could become at least ...

    Updated 05-23-2017 at 02:58 PM by Kevin Pacey

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