Will wrote:Back to the topic - seriously, is there any real competition for him now or upcoming in the ranks?
I don't think so. He has nearly a 100 point elo rating above the number 2, which is pretty unprecedented. It will be interesting to see just how long he can hold on to the title. Speculating of course, but what if he could hold the title for 20 years or longer? At his age, it is possible and then in that case he clearly would belong in the top 3 if not even number one all-time.
Also David, is your D-chess growing more popular?
No, not much.
But that is okay; I did that just for fun. A few clubs tried it out on a trial basis, but none stuck with it. Fischer960 has the best chance as a chess variant and it also uses displaced pieces in the back row, but only 960 different starting positions and both white and black have same position. It solves many of the problems, but not all. There are not only many clubs playing Fischer960 but also even online. I believe over at chess.com one can play either regular or Fischer960 and you can have a separate rating for the type you are playing.