Will Chess Ever Be As Popular As Poker?

Here’s another youtube gem featuring former World Champion Anatoly Karpov that has just 752 views at the time of writing (hey Anatoly, even I can do better than that!). Will chess ever be as popular as poker?

I’m not sure that poker is more popular (how are we defining ‘popularity’) but professional chess players have been migrating in droves to poker. Is this because of higher ideals or the financial rewards? I’d guess that it has to be the latter given that successful poker players lie for a living.

Meanwhile the trump card that chess has is that most parents aren’t that keen on their kids playing poker and therefore they are unlikely to ferry them around for poker weekends. But with the educational benefits of chess becoming clearer all the time they’ll take them all over the show to develop their chess interest.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: