Friday, September 25, 2009

Chess lost its soul

As a cultural phenomenon, chessmania in the West was doubtless a one-off. Between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the ascendancy of the computer, chess lost its mystery. There is nothing romantic about algorithms. That is why the Kasparov-Karpov tour may attract crowds, but they will be watching these one-time kings out of nostalgia, not excitement.
Pierre Garon: How the game of chess lost its soul

Karpov and Kasparov playing again

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