It’s a question that has perplexed many, from the early days of the Internet to the rise of eSports to today.
A big part of the problem is that these games, which have been around for decades, haven’t aged well.
And while the popularity of these games is largely based on social media, there’s also the issue of player training and skill.
“You’ve got a lot of these young people that are looking to do something outside of chess and video games and computer game competitions,” said Dan Mathers, who co-founded the OpenChess.com website.
“There’s a real desire for a better life outside of these activities.
And we’re all in this together.”
That’s why the Openchess.org site, which is funded by Matherson’s company, was created.
“It’s not an effort to be competitive,” he said.
“If anything, we just want to be able to be in the community, and I think that’s what chess and other competitive sports are about.”
Mather is not the only one who sees a resurgence of competitive chess as a positive development.
In 2015, the US National Team, which plays in the U.S. Open, also took a shot at the likes of Kasparov and Fischer, and Mather said he’s hopeful for the future.
“I think that with the advent of chess to a global audience and with the success of professional chess players, it’s the perfect time to have a chess match that people can watch live,” he told the Associated Press.
Mather’s company is also one of the organizers of the International Chess Federation World Championship in March 2019.
“The challenge of chess has been in the past and I know it will be in many years to come, but it’s still a very challenging sport and a very important sport for the next generation of players,” he added.
And as long as chess remains the game that most of us play, Mather and his company are prepared to do whatever it takes to make it competitive.
“We’ll be taking every piece of technology that we can, and if that means using the Internet for advertising, or even just making sure that we’re in contact with the chess community,” Mather told the AP.