A new breed of chess players are playing with chess cards instead of their hands, a development that has sparked controversy in the chess world.
The new trend has been gaining traction in the US, with chess players taking to social media to express their displeasure at the move.
Chess aficionados have been quick to criticise the move, claiming it would be difficult to teach and that the game would remain fundamentally different to how it was played in the past.
One of the first people to publicly take to Twitter to express his anger was US chess legend Carlsen, who has played against players from around the world.
“I don’t think it’s an improvement,” Carlsen said.
“I think it will be an improvement but I think it’ll be a very long time.”
The move was not without controversy, with some saying the move would leave chess players with no way of being able to play without having to move their hands.
“When chess was played with hands, we were able to have the time and space to play,” said Peter Nunn, who plays for the US team.
“Now, we have to play chess without hands.
That’s a huge change.
You have to move your hands.
If I want to play with my hands I have to.”
Peter Nunn is one of the few players who has taken the opportunity to express frustration with the move – and to express himself publicly about the chess-playing experience.
“You can’t play chess if you can’t move your fingers,” he said.
“It’s very frustrating to have to constantly be thinking about moving my fingers.”
But chess aficionado Peter Nott, who is from the US and was a participant in the 2010 World Championship, says he does not think the move will hurt the game’s balance of skill and speed.
“The problem with the chess cards is that it’s not really a chess game,” he told the ABC.
“If you’re playing with a chess card, it’s a very fast game.
You can’t make that mistake, so it’s very hard to play.”
And then you have to worry about your fingers.
It can be a pain.
“Peter was born in New Zealand and now lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children.
He said he and his wife were always keen to explore the world and that this was something they always had in common.”
So it’s interesting, when it comes to the game, that we always look at the future,” he added.”
We always want to go to places where there’s a lot of other people.