lkaufman wrote: ↑
Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:18 am
The game is in its infancy.
Being in its infancy would imply that it's going to mature, that "serious" theory is going to be built, and that humans are going to play it at several hours per side time control.
But if that's never going to happen, then the game has already matured and 3 2 is the slowest time control people are willing to try "seriously", because there's no interest from people to try anything slower (Lichess allows the experiment, you can create your own crazyhouse tournament with hours per side and see how nobody joins.)
Don't get me wrong, I'd wish for crazyhouse to flourish and get a similar treatment to chess, with new faces on the leaderboards and new amazing situations discovered on the board that wouldn't be possible in chess. Getting it out of its niche. But if it's all a dream, if crazyhouse has already gone as far as it could go, then I hold it'd be best to just embrace it in its current form, and try to popularize it as it is without trying to enforce longer time controls people don't really want for it.
Because, after all, the compensations comes with games played. The Crazyhouse World Championship was played at 3 2, yes, but they played 60 games. If you ask Elo about it he'd say the amount of games is statistically more significant than the few games that can be played with the Chess World Championship's time control. The argument could be turned on its head, and it could be claimed that it's chess who isn't serious because players should be playing many games until it's statistically significant to know who is better, and that the Chess World Champions could have been others if they continued playing as many games as the blitz time control of crazyhouse allows.
Perhaps crazyhouse's future would be in esports, like video games. A system could be put in place where you win a match after winning 3 games against someone, so the 3 2 time control would facilitate playing many games until a player reaches 3 wins first. Something different from chess, instead of trying to make it fit into chess's shoes, because if chess already is dying some draw death and people are trying to revitalize it with stuff like Armageddon, that's not a path you'd want some other game to emulate.