When news of the accusations against Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe came though recently, the phrase that caught the eye in many of the reports was that the Revolutionary Guard alleged that she'd participated in the "design and implementation of cyber and media projects to cause the soft toppling of the Islamic Republic". Soft toppling. Rather like a chess piece casually knocked over.
My predictions regarding computer Go, the oriental game played on a 19x19 board, have been fewer and not as successful as those in chess. I correctly predicted that no Go program would win a match against a professional player by 1994, and since then I've been saying to anyone who would listen that that it would take until 2035 or thereabouts to reach World Champion level in Go. Why so long?
The misconception is that chessboxing novelty will eventually wear off, hence the resistance on behalf of the sponsors. However, continued sold out shows, expansion across the country, entertained punters, new athletes and chessboxing gyms suggest differently, and are all things that London Chessboxing takes very seriously.