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lol...it's a transliteration. There can be no talk of a "real" name here.
10 points to Andy for using the word "transliteration" rather than "translate". The Cyrillic alphabet, has letters that have no exact letter in the Latin alphabet for some of the sounds represented by those letters. Best that usually happens is one Latin letter (or two if need be) gets picked and the Western world gets stuck with it.
The Cyrillic letter for the "Ts" or "Cz" sound is the classic example.
I must say i'm impressed by you and Andy. So, to sum up, there is no "official" way to say Kasparov's name? There is no rule?
Of course there is an official way to say it, but not to write it down using the latin alphabet.
a barcode might be unique.
next up is fred.
There is an interesting dynamic at work that makes it difficult to evaluate chess popularity. Back in the 70's I recall the Fischer-Spassky matches broadcast on television in the U.S. - something almost unheard of. But that was before the internet made such events available to most of the world. Chess was played primarily at public venues such as clubs, schools and occasionally in parks. Those who might have been avid players were found mostly in large cities where facilities and opponents could be found.
Today, the internet allows us to play any time, anywhere, night or day, correspondence or live. Those of us living in chess-barren environments have a way to play.
Contrast that facility on the other hand with the advent of the same computer/internet culture that provides gaming to youth that attracts many who might otherwise become attracted to a "simple" board game. How many potential converts have we lost to the first-person-shooter world of instant gratification and quick hand-eye coordination challenges?
So perhaps chess has morphed into an "intellectual" game in the eyes of many. It takes time and study and practice to become proficient which might hurt its following. Regardless of the balance, it is most refreshing to be able to play chess on a world basis with those who speak other languages, and until the massive speed of computers may someday "solve" the game, it remains a rich alternative to other means of entertainment.
How many potential converts have we lost to the first-person-shooter world of instant gratification and quick hand-eye coordination challenges?
Not sure what this means exactly. How about the "instant gratification" of capturing a queen or mating, or the hand-eye coordination of playing bullet?
Hey, was that a cut?
Ah, I should never try to duel with somebody holding a club in his hand.
That's what people said about Magic The Gathering and the Street Fighter video game franchise. Guess what. those two survived WOW, COD, runescape and Skyrim as well...
I'm a senior in High school, and I have been playing chess with the timer and all in school with various of my former and current teachers. But the students that come in and out of the class look upon it as a ridiculous game, even calling it so.
If your having fun with your friends and bonding with other people through chess and you love the game that's all that matters.
Ignore the sneering types and people who say bad things about chess!
A mondriaan sells for 10 million. Fischers game of the century is not worth a penny. How can a worthless game lose value? The only way is up.
This is a joke, right?
No surprise. Indeed it seems people don't even know Carlsen, Americans especially.
Chess always attracts a crowd. When I was playing a casual game in school one time, another wanted to play, then another and yet another. In no time I was playing the 4 of them after some more boards had been brought in.
Though honestly, chess and checkers at the same time is more challenging.
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