Chess Tournaments – An Insight

Chess Tournaments are a series of chess games played by individuals and/or teams with specific stakes at risk; these stakes being Prize Money, Prestige and or Scholarships! Chess Tournaments have existed for a long time; the first chess tournament was played in 1851 in London. Chess Tournaments are the standard form of competition ranging from casual players to serious competitors. Chess requires innate skill and it is not for feeble minded! The most notable chess tournaments for individual competitors is the “Linares chess tournament” and the “Tata Steel Chess tournament” The Linares Chess Tournament was sponsored by businessman Luis Rentero and was first held in 1978 more than a Century after the game of Chess became a staple amongst highly intellectual humans it was won by JaanEslon a Swedish native. The Tata Steel Chess tournament started in 1938 and started out as a “Dutch Restricted” Tournament.


Chess Spreads

In 1924, an attempt was made to include chess in the Olympic Games due to its popularity at the time. Making chess an Olympic Sport would have been a great addition to the Olympic Games, as players would only be required to use their brains and more than their bodies. The time it took for twogood chess players to finish a match could have resulted in a lot of money for the host country, as fans would vehemently flood in to cheer for their respective countries. Unfortunately, Chess did not make the cut as viable Olympic sport as it was difficult to discern between the Noobs and Pros, it would be extremely tedious and time wasting to decide the competitors for countries. Although saddened by this mishap, Chess enthusiast still sought out more ways to attract competition and this was how FIDE (Federation International des Echecs) was founded.


The Federation International des Echecs is an International organization that strives to unify various chess federations worldwide as part of International Chess Competition. FIDE was founded in Paris, France on July 20, 1924. FIDE has established the worldwide handbook for the modern standard of Chess Play.


Professional Chess Association (PCA)

The professional Chess Association existed between 1992 and 1996 and served as a Rival Organization to FIDE; it was aimed at the marketing and organization of a PCA world championship opposed to the FIDE championship. PCA lost its main sponsor Intel after Kasparov a key person at PCA decided to play a match of Chess against IBM’s supercomputer “Deep Blue” and lose. IBM was Intel’s rival this became a huge game changer in the game of chess and the world of technology as a machine now gained the cognitive ability to play and win a match of chess.

In Conclusion, Chess has gained huge notoriety for its ability to help us discern between intellectuals and non-intellectuals as well as formulate a peaceful-relaxing form of competition that increases cognitive ability. Chess has also been the deciding factor as to whether Computers are truly intelligent!

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Hi, I believe no one out there hates over-smartness. In other words, everyone loves to out-smart others persons present in the same role. And chess is all about out-smartness. You can never be fully professional at chess because of the same reason

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