There is a major difference between the chess culture in Europe and in the United States. As I mentioned many times before, Grandmasters are well respected in Europe and in other parts of the world. Not here in America!
In Europe, when Grandmasters compete in a tournament, the basic stuff such as boards, sets and clocks are provided. In fact, wooden boards, wooden pieces and DGT clocks are not uncommon.
It is strange to me that in America world-class Grandmasters have to bring their own gears to some chess events. I do not play in Open events so it would make no difference for me. But I cannot imagine asking players like Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand, Karpov, etc. to carry their own equipments 🙂
How much do 5-10 plastic sets and boards cost? $50-$60 total? Should world-class organizers show a minimum amount of respect by providing basic chess equipments to world-class Grandmasters or perhaps the top 3-5-10 boards?
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