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Riding the Wave

Does chess have a stadium scoreboard?  Who’s leading?  Who’s catching up?  Yvonne let us know last week about her first experience participating in an actual chess tournament.  This got me thinking about her opponents who stood with her toe to toe.  Shoe sizes will grow of course and egos will shrink as young players gain experience.

Technology has a bigger and bigger role in tournament play with the advent of computerized chess boards.  Whether playing speed chess or positional chess, these computers track each players move in real-time.  I’ve connected with folks on Twitter who are pushing for more meaningful technology in schools.  This raises another thought – can opponents “breathe the same air” during a tournament as a computer decides who walks away champion?  I’ll do some research.

In the meantime here’s what I’m talking about.  Have you seen those chess magicians who play 20 games at once?  Why not in a tournament setting?  While tracking moves the computer knows the best move to make.  The computer also knows the worst move to make – somewhere in the middle is the player’s next move.  The player whose total score is highest wins!  Better make a lot of good moves…

Keep the competitive spirit alive!

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