Features: Call to Action
We need to ground chess – 15 Sep 2020
In order to prevent a global climate catastrophe mankind has to change its play. The international chess community can contribute – by reducing its emissions and taking a leading role, writes Günther Beikert.
The room parties that shook Spanish chess – 11 Sep 2020
Covid-19 infections and forfeited games overshadowed the Spanish Individual Championship that ended on Tuesday. The safety standards were high but didn’t go beyond the tournament hall, reports Stefan Löffler.
It’s time to synchronize – 13 Jun 2020
FIDE and the national federations should act together and with the digital platforms to assure the identity of the players, align rankings and titles, provide solutions against cheating and for parental control. If they manage, they and the chess world will come out stronger, writes Carlo Stellati.
“Cross-platform bans would send a strong signal” – 10 Jun 2020
How can online chess overcome cheating? A ChessTech debate established the legal problems, a professional set-up for serious competitions and three institutional solutions. For starters we heard cautionary tales what happened in other games, writes Conrad Schormann.
What can chess professionals do now? – 27 May 2020
The events that shook the world in the last few months had a colossal effect on the chess world – the tournaments stopped and chess moved online. For some, this changed nothing, for others – everything. Alex Colovic, President of the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP), reflects on how he and his colleagues make a living now.
Can online chess overcome cheating? – 24 May 2020
Numerous disqualifications at the ongoing European Online Championship highlight the major battle online chess is fighting these days: cheating. Games with longer time controls will be an especially critical battleground. Is the detection system in place good enough? How do we sanction cheaters? Ahead of our online debate on Tuesday here is an update by Conrad Schormann.
Returning to the board requires experiments – 11 May 2020
Playing chess over the board will be restricted by Covid safeguarding rules for the foreseeable future. According to a Harvard study we may have physical distancing until 2022. In order to find out how we can play over the board safely, ChessTech editor Stefan Löffler initiated a small tournament in a Vienna park. He reflects on the findings and calls for more experiments.