Volunteers who will isolate themselves from the outside world for 520 days as part of the Mars-500 experiment will wind down playing chess with former world champ Anatoly Karpov.
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Sounds like a terrific way to break the potential boredom of a space trip. I think you need some highly desirable prizes for winning, for each side. On earth, money is valued highly as a prize. In space, I suspect that some sort of sexual favors may rate far above money.
The broadcast rights to game progress should be marketable, so long as all players share a good portion of the gross. I recall being glued to the Reykavik games from start to finish, and I miss the demise of televised games due to the use of computers.
How mind numbing and boring once you memorize the board, rules and have set tactics to use and experience against opponents. Break out the video games and kits. You can play against the computer if you want to.
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