Annoying thing about U.S Championships: The $64.000 Fischer Prize

So, many of us are aware of the $64,000 Fischer Prize for repeating the same feat of a perfect score in the U.S. Championships. I think it's a fun bonus and a cool thing to try for. The annoying thing is the way the players respond. Now hear me out, all of the players playing in the U.S. Championship have said something to the effect that it was possible in Fischer's time and not in ours with so many good players. 

And nothing could be further from the truth. First of all, this really demeans Fischer's achievement saying that the only reason he could do that was because he played weaker players. First of all, these people were not weak. They were really strong. That's why this never had happened and probably never will again. Second of all, Fischer was head and shoulders above the rest, this is true, but someone could be head and shoulders above the rest today.

Think about it. Hypothetically, if Magnus could play in the U.S. Championships there would actually be a real possibility of him taking it by a perfect score. Look how well he's done in tournaments against the world's elite. The Tata Steel was magnificent and he was playing against the world's top players every round. Say he were to play against only Americans (who are generally and unfortunately not among the top world-class players, an honor only going to Kamsky and Nakamura for now) then it would actually be quite feasable. 

So please. Don't say it's impossible. It's not. If you play good enough and you show you're dominance over the field then it's a real possiblity. You don't have to take away the magnificence of Fischer's achievement by insulting the players of his time. Either you say "I don't think I can play the way Fischer did" or "I think that if I give it my all and play strong, ambitious chess then there may be a possibility of a perfect score"

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