GM Onischuk to Take on the World
By David Pruess
June 22, 2011
GM Alex Onischuk, the #3 rated U.S. player
(FIDE 2675, USCF 2743), will take on the world in a vote chess match organized
and sponsored by chess.com,
starting on July 9th. To participate, simply go to the following chess.com link and click "join." The game will be played at a time
control of 24 hours per move. In other words, GM Onischuk will have 24 hours to
make a move. As soon as he makes a move, the world will have 24 hours to vote
on its move. Participants just make the move they want on the board, and then
click "vote." At the end of 24 hours, votes will be tallied up. At
the same link given above to participate in the game, there is a discussion
forum for participants to share their thoughts and ideas about the game while
it is in progress. GM Onischuk will *not* be able to see what you are talking
about, so palaver in peace!
'The World vs. Superstar' is a very fun format, which has had a number
of famous games, especially Kasparov v. the World about which a book was
written and last year's Raw Chess Challenge, which pitted Magnus Carlsen vs.
the World in a one-day event. Chess.com not only organized that Carlsen match,
but has also organized a series of slower vote-chess matches, with such stars
as GM Nigel Davies, GM Julio Becerra, and WGM Natalia Pogonina.