Is chess underplayed?
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I do accept the challenge and assert the following:
Chess is not underplayed (in the U.S and other countries). The parenthetical refers to your original position in full.
I completely understand the sentiment of my opponent. When we think of chess, we think of Russian dominance and relative American obscurity (save celebrities such as Bobby Fischer). There is also a certain romanticism that comes with chess. It certainly is a game of antiquity, boards and pieces oftentimes a work of precision craftsmanship, and mastery only possible by those with keen spatial and mathematical abilities. We revere it and respect it; and the good news is that it is wildly popular and gaining ground worldwide!
The website chessmaniac.com, which itself boasts over 474,400 members, claims that there are over 200 million individuals playing chess on the Internet(1) today. Furthermore, the World Chess Federation (FIDE), which hosts the annual Chess Olympiad indicates that growth has increased from 16 participating countries in 1927 to 133 participating countries in 2006 (2). When it comes to chess grandmasters, there is no competition with Russia, which has nearly 160 grandmasters. However, it is important to note that the US is only third on that same list with a total of 60 grandmasters (behind Germany's 61 (3)...damned Germans).
Since your topic doesn't specifically preclude other countries (and in fact includes them, to wit: Russia), it is clear to see that chess is played regularly, en masse, and is only rising in popularity. Therefore, I reaffirm my position that chess is not underplayed.
I have been all across America and tournaments are very scarce.... Clubs are rare and most schools don't even have chess as an extra curricular activity.
Alabama alone has 18 chess clubs (1)...if that isn't enough to convince you that chess is not underplayed, I don't know what will.
The same source shows 90 pages listing clubs in New York, many of which are run through the local PS system. Chess is everywhere!
I reaffirm my position that chess is most certainly not underplayed and implore my opponent to produce quantitative evidence to support his thesis. Furthermore, I request clarification on the initial topic as this appears to have drifted solely to the US, whereas the initial claim does not make such specific mention.
I once again reaffirm: chess is not underplayed. It isn't underplayed in Arizona, the US, or Europe (as you so kindly pointed out).
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Vote Placed by johnlubba 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: R4; I cancel this debate,....Pro
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