The founder of Algorand, Silvio Micali, played a chess game recorded in Blockchain against Grandmaster Sergey Karjakin. This marked a historic moment for the game of 1500 years.
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The match, which was the opening game of the FIDE Online Arena, was broadcast on World Chess. Although chess is considered a game of knights, cheating presents a real challenge to your integrity. The hope is that recording games transparently and immutably using blockchain technology will help reduce existing problems.
Chess has not been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as much as other sports. The timing was quite appropriate, as the competition had moved completely online in the previous months.
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The most historic game since Deep Blue – Kasparov
The game pitted two heavyweights (albeit from different sands) against each other. Micali is a Turing Prize winner whose work contributed greatly to the field of cryptography. Karjakin is one of the best chess players in the world, and also has the distinction of achieving the title of Grandmaster at the age of 12, the youngest ever. This was perhaps the most historic game since Garry Kasparov was defeated by IBM’s Deep Blue in 1997.
Karjakin had the white pieces, and although Micali put up a brave fight, he was finally checked by the grandmaster.
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The great masters love crypto
After the game, both fighters felt that they see great potential synergies between chess and the chain of blocks. Kajakin confirmed that many grandmasters are interested in Etoro and chain of blocks, and that he personally possesses some, though not much, crypto coin. Micali suggested that perhaps in the future, Algorand will create a grant aimed at popularizing chess worldwide.
Micali observed that both chess and the block chain have things in common, they bring people together regardless of their origin.