Been a busy few days for popular chess bullshitter Susan Polgar, who only last weekend was making quite remarkable predictions
about the likely number of people watching the world championship.
No sooner was that figure being bandied about (and subsequently, as they say, clarified) on Twitter and Ms Polgar's blog than the Times of India
had her making the following somewhat ambitious claim about the possible future of our sport.
Heh, cheerleaders. You reckon? Personally the only connection I can think of between chess and cheerleaders is the, ah, "beer bitches" (not my phrase, I hasten to add, nor one to my liking) who appear at chessboxing
, lending it even less dignity than it already lacked - but Polgar definitely seems to thnk it would be a good idea.
No quotes in that passage, I accept, and I would really
hate to be accused of misquoting Ms Polgar, but given that the piece has been reproduced on the house blog
I assume we can take it that it accurately represents her considered sentiments.
So where are these cheerleaders going to fit, you wonder? On the front of the stage? Will they take out some rows of seating?
Lord no. They're going to be on the pitch, or on the side of it at any rate. We're talking chess in stadiums
, Lew. And not just any old stadiums, either. Big
Ho ho. There's something big here, that's for sure, but it may not be the size of the stadia chess is going to be played in.
Still, perhaps this is one of those "new event formats" that somebody else
(of equally reliable reputation) was talking about the other day.
Maybe we could combine all these ideas? Throw in live chess with dogs
and we're on to a winner. World championship rapidplay chess, live pieces dressed in boxing gear, on stage at Wembley Stadium with dogs as cheerleaders. With a billion people watching.
Make it as silly as you like. It won't be any siller than what Susan Polgar comes out with.