The news that the European Chess Union is imposing a dress code has been circulating the World’s chess blogs. But what does it mean for the chess improver?
Not a lot in my view. The World is already subject to a dress code entitled ‘indecent exposure’ so to be forced to dress to a minimum standard of non-smelly and non-frayed jeans and t-shirt does not appear to me to be as fascistic as some seem to imagine. And when you compare chess to snooker and consider the interest that sponsors might have in our game are we not getting off rather lightly?
So let’s stay calm, comply without question and focus on what really counts, the strength of our moves. Too much energy can be frittered away with battles which were never worth winning and nobody thanks you for fighting. And on this I speak from personal experience!