Wednesday, May 11, 2005

FreeStyle Chess

Last evening I got an email from Ashik in USA, talking about FreeStyle Chess. Here's the gist -

The point of the PAL/CSS Freestyle tournament is that the participants are permitted to use external help. They are allowed to use computers, books, club mates, grandmasters. Get help from Vishy Anand or Fritz, from Karpov or Deep Shredder. Play alone or in a team. The use of computers is not just allowed, it is encouraged. Almost mandatory...

Do you think this would take the fun out of Chess? I still want the challenge of creating my own masterpiece!

I think FreeStyle Chess is just another version of chess like Blindfold, Simultaneous, Blitz, Fisher Random, Baby Chess etc. But only two versions of chess will remain at the center of chess lovers interest in the long run - classical chess and speed chess (blitz).

FreeStyle chess will test a chess players ability to collaborate with other chess mates and chess computers efficiently and choosing the right moves for themselves. A new sort of challenge that may sound interesting. I heard earlier Anand, Kramnik, Kasparov play coupled with computer programs of their own choice. FreeStyle adds human chess helpers as well with that. Not bad as fun!

Do you have any other information on this?
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Blogger Temposchlucker said...

My attitude is, when I master classical chess, I will start with other forms. Ofcourse this is not gonna happen during this lifetime.
A lot of these chessvariations are developed with the idea in mind that it should be more interesting for the public. I think that a program that could let the public see in a graphical way what's going on in a certain position, would promote classical chess in a better way. A bit like CT-art does with the "arrows of shame" and the "fields of ignorance" (see the blog of PMD). But then so that even a non-clubplayer understands it.
The development of blitz is only natural. Somewhere I calculated that every 100 ratingpoints means 3x faster calculation. Thus 200 points means 3 x 3 = 9 times faster. If you analize your games with a person who has a rating of 300 points more than you, you will see what I mean. Ofcourse only other blitzplayers can enjoy a blitz game. For public it is way too fast.

11:05 AM  
Blogger The Christopher said...

I heard about it on chessbase, but I think it's silly. It'll end up being one computer versus another anyway, because we are not GMs and could offer little strategic input that a computer doesnt have itself

6:55 PM  
Blogger Mousetrapper said...

As far as I know most if not all correspondence players use computers. It is impossible to detect their use, so they are allowed and so there is no reason not to use them.

9:48 PM  
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