GM Simon Williams on How Chess Transcends Various Barriers and Differences

SeniorPatzer

The beauty of chess is it can be whatever you want it to be. It transcends language, age, race, religion, politics, gender and socioeconomic background. Whatever your circumstances, anyone can enjoy a good fight to the death over the chess board.

DeirdreSkye

It's not chess that does that miracle. It's human nature.

We like to play and we like to compete. Chess have both. Simple as that.

But as chessplayers we like to believe that  chess is different. 

I used to play Risk online, occasionally pool(really relaxing) and hearts(card game) and they were no different than a game of chess. People from all over the world playing and competing.Having fun, getting angry, forgetting their problems for a few minutes or a few hours.

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DeirdreSkye wrote:

It's not chess that does that miracle. It's human nature.

We like to play and we like to compete. Chess have both. Simple as that.

But as chessplayers we like to believe that  chess is different. 

I used to play Risk online, occasionally pool(really relaxing) and hearts(card game) and they were no different than a game of chess. People from all over the world playing and competing.Having fun, getting angry, forgetting their problems for a few minutes or a few hours.

 

Oh my, I haven't played Hearts in ages!  I love that game.  I just love "Shooting the Moon" and passing 3 cards that really ruin my opponent's hands.  Such a fun game.

knighttour2

Williams' quote could be applied to basically any competition or sport that is played in different parts of the world. 

It should be noted that his quote isn't true in all cases.  Iranian players won't play Israeli players in tournaments (although I think their gov't has more to do with that than the players), there are issues over dress codes in some parts of the world and also travel restrictions placed on some countries by other countries.  Close, but not quite.

SeniorPatzer
GM Simon William's occasionally lapses towards hyperbole and a bit of romanticism, eh? He'd probably hear the critique and pushback, toss his red head back and take a large swig of whatever brew he had in his hand, then come down, look you in the eye, and let out a large burp, saying "Damn analytical chess players always trying to refute my unsound sacks!!"
DeirdreSkye
SeniorPatzer wrote:
GM Simon William's occasionally lapses towards hyperbole and a bit of romanticism, eh? He'd probably hear the critique and pushback, toss his red head back and take a large swig of whatever brew he had in his hand, then come down, look you in the eye, and let out a large burp, saying "Damn analytical chess players always trying to refute my unsound sacks!!"

lol , you know him so well. 

SeniorPatzer

I can imagine Simon Williams cursing the telly when Croatia beat England 2-1 in the World Cup today, lol.  Especially if he made a wager with a Croatian GM.

NelsonMoore

We lost 2-1 in extra time and need to ensure we keep up the standard or even improve it so we can continue to compete well in more tourmaments.

Much that our football team has gone further than it has since 1990, it's a shame we can't achieve anything at chess anymore. Back in 1993 we even had the candidate who took on the world champion. So if we can acheve that again after 28 years, i.e. around 2021, it would be great. But it isn't going to happen.

I come from that generation that produced so many top players and I'm sure the BBC programme The Master Game helped. Well it helped promote chess as a game and get more potential players into it. But it may be a "that was then and this is now, and the game has changed". When I say "that generation" I mean the one of Nigel Short, who is the same age as me (2 months younger), and Julian Hodgson (slightly older) was also our new budding player at the time. He never quite made it to the same heights but did become a grandmaster. Not since Michael Adams hit his peak in the early 2000s have we had a top grandmaster from our country.