The 2020 Chess Candidates Event in Ekaterinburg, Russia has been postponed as a result of coronavirus, however organizers are already seeking to the longer term and the way blockchain may give the game a lift.
The match pitted eight grandmasters towards one another for the appropriate to tackle world champion Magnus Carlsen, however needed to be halted after seven rounds when information emerged Russia was about to droop worldwide flights indefinitely.
World Chess advised Cointelegraph it was inspecting shifting matches on-line and introducing blockchain know-how.
Alternative for chess
Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, the match organizer and the official business associate of the Worldwide Chess Federation (FIDE), advised Cointelegraph that chess was unusually nicely positioned to thrive throughout the pandemic:
“Not like different sports activities, chess may be performed with equal pleasure offline and on-line. That’s one thing that units it aside from all the opposite main sports activities. Within the absence of different main sporting occasions, the Candidates Event acquired unprecedented press protection this time round.”
Though thought of a gentleman’s sport, dishonest continues to be a difficulty in chess. It could actually take many kinds — from taking strategic toilet breaks, to creating fictitious data of video games that by no means occurred, or counting on the assistance of pc chess engines when enjoying on-line.
Blockchain-based ‘anti-cheating engine’
Merenzon believes that blockchain know-how may also help determine and forestall such unsportsmanlike conduct:
“We’re engaged on the anti-cheating engine that will report over 100 knowledge factors for every transfer — its timestamp, gamers’ biometrics, chess engine analysis, and so forth. Storing this knowledge within the decentralized database would make quite a lot of sense”
Based on Merenzon, Algorand and World Chess have been working for the previous few months on the undertaking which “is anticipated to launch in just a few weeks.”
The 2020 Candidates Event will convene at a later date as soon as the state of affairs turns into much less risky. The match for the world title is at the moment scheduled for November.