Sunday, August 19, 2012

Thoughts on "Boring" MMA Fights: A Chess Analogy

Chess by Lilithia
You and I are going to play a chess game under very special conditions. You know going into this match that I am a FIDE Grandmaster who has spent the past 15 years of his life eating, sleeping and breathing chess. As you might expect, I am more than ready and able to capitalize on the first opening you give me and run away with the game. If you win, you'll be paid a trifling sum for your victory but it is understood you'll be that much closer to making the big bucks down the line. If you lose however, you'll be paid less and have less opportunities for big matches against notable opponents. You'll also be derided and outright mocked, not by your fellow players, but by the legions of chess "fans" who are quick to speak with tones of authority about what you should have done despite knowing very little about strategy and in many cases, having never even played the game themselves.

As a special condition of our game, the loser will be bludgeoned unmercifully with a sledgehammer, likely to the point of sustaining physical disfigurement if not life altering brain injury.

Under these conditions, how eager are you to make the first mistake? If you can effectively utilize a defensive strategy that I can't break through, which may even frustrate me into making a fatal blunder, what are the odds you will do just that?

Just some food for thought.

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