The column is here. I muse about recent suggestions that rapid chess should become "real" chess; i.e., that classical time controls should be eliminated and rapid ones take their place in main events, and then present a rapid game that is one of the best and most interesting games of modern times, period.
Entries in rapid chess (3)
It's early days yet for FIDE's rapid and blitz ratings, but it's so far, so good for U.S. #1 and world #7 (in classical chess) Hikaru Nakamura, who tops both of the new top 100 lists. World Champion Magnus Carlsen, incidentally, is #4 on both lists, but with the rapid and blitz world championships coming next month expect him to give an extra effort to "fix" the situation.
Pretty soon, in fact, although I'm having a difficult time discerning exactly when. At first I thought it was going to start right about now (9 a.m. ET), but then another source indicated that the drawing of lots - presumably for the Norwegian Championship - was what would start now and the match would begin two hours later.
Back to the intro: Magnus Carlsen and Borki Predojevic will play a four-game rapid match to help draw attention to the Norwegian Championship. (Attention from the Norwegian media, one presumes.) Their match will have two games today and two games tomorrow, and the Championship starts tomorrow.
Unless Carlsen is in a merciful mood, it should be like the proverbial hot knife going through butter. It should be an entertaining show, and a nice supplement to the ongoing rapid event in Geneva (Kramnik, Nakamura, Mamedyarov, Bacrot, Polgar, Edouard, Pelletier and Kosteniuk).