Each sport tends to have its own association or league. Such associations help promote the sport and attract audiences. Think of the Major League Baseball (MLB), National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the United States.
So too does chess. Often called chess clubs, these help attract chess players in a particular vicinity or locality. These chess clubs are the foundations to organizing chess tournaments such as the Euro Club Cup. Examples of these are the Le Cercle d’échecs de Monte-Carlo (CAMC) and the United States Chess Federation.
Such chess clubs are also the pivot around which sports betting can be organized. Betting agencies can get to know local stars and the next generation of potential grandmasters through chess clubs, and can put a stake on such players. The recent repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) ensures that betting agencies can play a more active role in promoting chess club members.
Typically, local chess clubs fulfil the following roles – New signups, sport promotion, organization of tournaments, game development and so on. They are integral cogs in the governments vision to promote chess, especially here in the United States where often we have attracted foreign stars to play on our behalf due to a lack of national talent.
Additionally, they help to educate the next generation of players on the various rules and regulations in chess, beyond the basic rulebook. While rules can be read online or though guidebooks, the pressure of the clock in chess often leads people to forget them. Time can often be a devil, as they say. Playing at local tournaments in chess clubs ensure that you get accustomed to such rules even when time is against you.
As a result, if you are an aspiring player, seek out chess clubs near your vicinity. Meet people who share similar interests, and practice on improving your game with them!
Rules and regulations are paramount to any sport. They ensure fair play and proper competency. The same applies to chess, where the so-called established rules are handy to know for any aspiring chess professional.
Chess is a game of wits and intellect. Often, during heated moments in tournaments, referees have to be at the top of their game to ensure that fair play continues. In addition to the standard rule book that governs the game, there are certain other rules that need to be kept in mind.
In addition, proper governance to rules is also important for external stakeholders, such as sport betting agencies and sports gamblers. Odds are determined based on the underlying assumption that the rules of the game would be adhered to strictly. Nowadays, betting in chess tournaments has picked up in the United states due to the relaxation of betting laws.
Touch and Move
The ‘Touch and move’ rule in chess states that once a player has touched a chess piece, he is obliged to move that. This is regardless of intentions. Obviously, the rule applies only if the move can be made. For example, if a player touches a pawn that has nowhere to move forward, the rule is ignored.
Legality and timing
Moves have to be legal. If you make an illegal move, say moving a knight diagonally or something equally ludicrous, the referee has the authority to grant the opponent additional time. Considering that timing is so crucial to the game and can make or break players, this rule can change the dimensions of a game.
There are many more, which we don’t state here due to the restriction of post length. Knowing these rules can be very advantageous while playing against amateurs or beginners.
Chess is a sport that isn’t perhaps most people’s cup of tea. It is an acquired taste. You need to have a special affiliation to be thoroughly engaged in a game that can last for as long as 4 hours. Perhaps even more.
And yet, the sport remains a key sport in many nations across the world. Two of the world’s largest countries – Russia and India – count chess as among their top five sports. In fact, Russia has produced the most number of chess grandmasters. Europe, in general, is really where Chess resides.
Some of the greatest grandmasters have participated in the Euro Club Cups over the years. Legends such as Magnus Carlsen, Emanuel Lasker and the Russian great, Gary Kasparov, are simply a few amongst such luminaries who have graced us with their presence. Here we list some of the best participants.
Anatoly Karpov is considered the second greatest Russian grandmaster of all time, after Gary Kasparov. He was the world champion for an incredible 10 consecutive years from 1975 onwards. Karpov was not a man to take many risks, with his playing style being conservative, but he took advantage of the tiniest of mistakes made by his opponent.
Sergei Tiviakov is not perhaps a name that springs to mind when you think of the world’s all-time greats. The Russian-Dutch chess player first shot to prominence in 1990 when he won the U18 world championships, following which he was immediately awarded the title of a grandmaster at a young age of 18. His 2008 Club Cup game with Grachev Boris is one of the best games in recent times.