Welcome to this year's world championship in chess.
The two competitors X and Y are already seated behind the
While X has the traditional white pieces with
advertising stickers, Y's pieces are painted in the metallic
colors of his sponsor.
The players are quite different characters. Just
look at X's insanely well-toned body with muscles bulging from under
his jacket. This is unique in the history of this
Even as we speak, he opens with pawn
J2 to J4. Y replies with knight I10 to H8.
Let's watch the match for a while without comment.
Remember that this is the first tournament with standardised
equipment, starting with the 5 kilogram light pawns, followed by
bishop, knight, rook, jester, and queen in 5 kg steps up to the 35
kg heavy king.
This will annoy many purists, yet all you
smartasses out there be advised: "Everything changes - live with it
There is also a fierce debate about other planned
rule modificatins, but I am convinced that the second king will
eventually be accepted like the third queen today.
Y is moving another rook, and
one can spot first signs of fatigue.
Definitely, compare this with the ease X is
handling his material. It is obvious that a generation change is
looming. The 30-year-old Y has passed the peak of his career,
and the future belongs to young and modern
But what is this ? With both hands X is lifting
a rook up in the air and tosses it towards Y, who can
barely dodge. How is he going to react ?
For the moment not at all. Nothing is
happening on the board. The clock is ticking, and it is Y's turn. He
seems baffled, rises, turns to the audience, and starts hopping from
one foot to the other like a harlequin on speed.
A completely logical
performance, since the guidelines stipulate that every minute there
has to be at least one admissible action, or else a penalty move
will be imposed, that is, the other player may execute two moves in
Y turns to the board and ... makes ... that
looks like ... indeed, he swaps the position of a queen and a
rook and shifts a pawn horizontally.
This manoeuvre is called rooking. It is extremely
difficult, because all three pieces have to be moved simultaneously
with the mandatory boxing gloves.
Y has done it !
Absolutely, he is grinning so broadly that his
mouthguard is nearly falling out.
Suddenly X jumps up, kicks the table, all pieces fall
on the floor. Now Y has 90 seconds to arrange everything the way it
was. Should he succeed, he will win the tournament, otherwise X will
win. A tactical master stroke, a display of genius to trade on Y's
This substantiates once again the
intellectual basis, which some clueless and incapable critics want
to deny modern chess sport.
Will he make it
? It's a close call. That might, no, time's up. The new
heavyweight champion of the world in full contact chess is X !
After a short break we return with the after-match
show, followed by the documentary "Olympic
- why not ?". Stay tuned !