With the World Chess Championship Match between GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway and GM Fabiano Caruana of the United States of America just a few weeks away, the World Chess, who are the organizers of the Match in London have released a connecting app for chess players around the globe, and even though it is called “The Dating App”, it is really meant for chess players to find each other as long as they are in close proximity to each other and are both using the app.
According to The World Chess “We used the dating technology to develop an app, which helps you find chess playing partner near you. It’s pretty cool — you snap a selfie, post it, have an hour to ‘match’ (just like in dating apps) and agree on a location to play chess!”
This, in my opinion, is an awesome opportunity for most chess players in Africa who travel to locations where they know almost no chess player, and when they get to these locations, they start asking where are the chess players in this area either on Facebook or WhatsApp. But with this app, you find any chess player around anywhere you are, with the possibility of you being able to play over the board chess.
Chess has gotten big with online play, but with the advent of this innovation, chess players will be able to play more games over the board (OTB), keeping in shape for leagues, tournaments, matches, among other tournaments available to each country. This will also help chess players find themselves easier, and would help with a numerical representation of the number of chess players all around the world.
The app is now live on Android and IoS, and everyone can download the app.
The app logo and name might need to change though, considering the fact that most African countries are very sensitive to nudity and culmination being so explicit, and considering the fact that most of the African federations are looking to develop the grassroots better, in order to provide the right future for the continent, these are the set of people that would be needing the app more than the adults, and it would definitely help these children to find more chess players within their various communities, or at least the instructors, parents, guardians and older ones can help do the search without bias as to the intention of such kids. Except the app is only for adults or has an age restriction.
Chess is an all inclusive sport and we do not want to be seen as discriminating or forcing people to think in a specific kind of way, which has seemingly been the norm from the initial announcement of the World Chess Championship Match venue.
At Africa Chess, we believe that The World Chess has the best interest of chess players at heart and everything being done are with the very best of intentions, which is why we are pointing out the brilliance of this app and the flaws found in it.
Have your say people and let us join hands to take chess to the future we all see and believe in, where workers leave their jobs to play chess and get paid well.