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If chess is regarded as a sport, how
really popular is it? T&T, unfortu-
nately, can offer no accurate answer
to this question since the centuries-
old game is still in a development
mode here and only now gaining
widespread participation among the
country s young people.
However, in terms of worldwide fig-
ures, we now have a reliable idea based
on the recent survey commissioned by
AGON, the FIDE World Championship
partner, and conducted by the author-
itative polling organisation YouGov.
While the international popularity
which chess has achieved over several
decades is now well known, the actual
survey findings are still rather startling.
Among its revelations, for example, is
the fact that more people in the United
States play chess than tennis and golf
combined! Outside the glare of the
media spotlight, chess players now
make up "one of the largest commu-
nities in the world" the survey claims,
with some 605 million adults playing
the game regularly.
The authoritative poll taken across
varied national demographic profiles
in the US, United Kingdom, Germany,
Russia and India shows a surprisingly
stable 70 per cent of the adult popu-
lation has played chess at some point
during their lives. "Even if they played
as children but left it behind as they
grew up, they still retain a deep admi-
ration for the game," the poll findings
As far as the percentage of adults
who currently play chess, either weekly,
monthly or during the past year, the
survey found the figures surprising: 12
per cent in the UK, 15 per cent in the
US, 23 per cent in Germany and 43 per
cent in Russia. In raw numbers: over
6,000,000 in UK, 35,000,000 in US,
16,000,000 in Germany, 50,000,000
in Russia, 85,000,000 in India. And
more than half of these chess-playing
multitudes are within the 18 to 34 age
bracket. The massive Indian partici-
pation, of course, is largely the result
of the heroic impact that World Cham-
pion Vishy Anand has had on his own
people since he won the supreme title
seven years ago.
The AGON study adds: "Across the
board, chess players and non-players
alike rank chess significantly higher
than any other game or sport for attrib-
utes such as intelligence, sophistication,
strategy, perfection and complexity,
confirming top branding agency Pen-
tagram s view that chess is about think-
ing and winning."
Last year when Enrique Pena became
the new president of Mexico, the New
York Times attributed his success to
"the same attention to strategy he
applies while playing chess." And when
US stock trader Boaz Weinstein cleaned
up after JPMorgan Alost $1.8 billion,
the same newspaper explained, "he is
a chess master."
The survey also finds that chess
"remains ubiquitous in popular culture
as a metaphor for conflict and power."
In fact, Steve Martin, CEO of M&C
Saatchi Sports, sees the royal game as
"the sleeping giant of the sports/enter-
AGON, which holds the rights to the
World Chess Championship Cycle,
commissioned this survey as part of
its "social responsibility." Chess, the
commercial enterprise says, is not a
Chess: World's biggest sport?
WELLINGTON-A leading Caribbean
netballer, Jhaniele Fowler, says she is
on course to becoming the best shooter
in the world.
The top Jamaican player is currently
the leading scorer in this year s ANZ
Netball Championships in New Zealand.
"My aim is to become the best shooter
in the world and I think that I am now
on that path to achieving this goal," said
Fowler in an interview with The Gleaner
from her base in New Zealand.
"It also feels good to be the top shooter
in the competition because it goes to
show that I am working hard on my
Fowler, who is playing in her first
ANZ season with Southern Steel---which
is located in New Zealand---leads the
scoring table with 412 goals.
She is well ahead of her closest rival
and national team-mate, Romelda Aiken,
who is second with 349.
Another Jamaican, Carla Williams-
Borrego, is sixth with 264.
"I have been working hard to keep
up with the league standard, especially
with the help of the teammates and
coaching staff," said the powerful shooter,
who, at six feet, six inches, is the tallest
player in the ANZ Championships.
"The league is very challenging
because every week you are going up
against the top netballers in the world
and so you have to be at your best at
Fowler netted 44 goals from 46
attempts to guide the Steel to their fourth
straight victory of the season on Saturday
moving up to fourth in the standings
with ten points.
"I have played a big part in the team
winning all these games and I think with
the players around me, I definitely know
that I can lead them into the play-offs".
Said Fowler. CMC
Fowler on course to be
world's best shooter
"casual" game. Unlike other sports,
chess content remains vital and
engaging long after a game is over
and the results are known. "As
with many hobbies, chess enthu-
siasts make significant investment
of time and energy without expec-
tation of compensation, except in
AGON s survey also recognises
the unique social value of chess.
"Unlike other games," it notes,
"chess has an educational value
recognised by governments in
dozens of countries, including the
European Union, to improve test
scores and fight against Attention
Deficit Disorder, and is now com-
monly included in school curric-
ula." As a gesture endorsing this
role, the world championship
organiser announced that during
the cycle, 200 children will be
invited to participate in tourna-
ments and instruction each morn-
ing before the competrition begins.
In this regard, DR can only hope
that the current problems being
experienced in the T&T Chess
Association will not affect efforts
to get a chess-in-schools pro-
gramme going in the country. It
seems that only an effort of such
magnitude among our young peo-
ple would produce the kind of great
leap forward in chess participation
our country needs to reap the
manifold benefits of this great
More than 900
players taking part
in India's first ever
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