Talking Chess - A New Way to Broadcast Chess
How to make chess a spectator sport? Talking chess is the new way to broadcast chess. Former World Championship Challenger GM Nigel Short will play a Talking Chess match against GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Iran’s strongest player from 8-12 March 2013 in Tehran, Iran. The Talking Chess Match is organized by the Iran Chess Federation. There will be four standard chess games, two Rapid chess games and four Blitz chess games. In standard chess, ten minutes each will be added to the total time to give each player extra time to make their recordings.
Every six moves, players go to a secluded room and record their thoughts on videocam. The live broadcast of the moves will be highlighted by the recording of the players. It will be interesting to see how the players think. Both may think they are ahead in the position. Or both may think they are at a disadvantage. Usually players give press conferences after the game and explain their analysis.
When he was told that chess was not a spectator sport, Bobby Fischer said that chess is the true spectator sport since viewers analyze and not only watch. In Talking chess, the players also share their analysis. This format may be what chess needs enter television. Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh, originator of the Talking Chess Match, said that television companies in Iran have shown great interest in the format and will make a TV show of the match. (Fide)