Rivalries can be highly intense.

Here are some hyper-competitive, at times very bitter long-standing ones:

Yankees vs. Red Sox, Packers vs. Bears, Alabama vs. Auburn, Ali vs. Frazier, Democrats vs. Republicans, India vs. Pakistan, Greece vs. Turkey, Tesla vs. Edison, Tom vs. Jerry, Coyote vs. Roadrunner, Cain vs. Abel, Boromir vs. Faramir, Athens vs. Sparta, Mac vs. PC, Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates, Coke vs. Pepsi, Airbus vs. Boeing, Michelangelo vs. da Vinci, Voltaire vs. Rousseau, Beatles vs. Stones, Batman vs. Joker, Nadal vs. Djoker, Fischer vs. Soviets, Religion vs. Science, Sword vs. Pen, English vs. Continental breakfast, Lindsay Lohan vs. Sobriety, and the list goes on and on.

Both sides want things that the other side denies them and they haven’t developed a way to compromise (yet).

Dynamics of a relationship can be so bitter that hating the other team feels nearly as good as loving your own.

Chess Rivalry

A very bitter chess rivalry

Sometimes rivalry gets really ugly. Like the 1969 Football war fought by the states of El Salvador and Honduras.

Other times, it has the opposite effect, “Rivalry of scholars advances wisdom,” (a Hebrew proverb).

Rivalry requires the combination of competition and perception of threat from the rival. Conflict usually ends when one side has got perceived to be no longer either particularly competitive or threatening to the other.

Now, let me ask you, do you know of any intense chess rivalry around you?

A fierce one that is felt by both players, their coaches, and perhaps even the strongest by the onlookers?

I’m asking because WRMG LLC production company, partnering with Bernard Watson of CBS Atlanta, are looking for a great chess rivalry between two individuals, clubs, or teams, to develop a TV show. They would like to interview the participants, provide a little history and insight into the respective rivalry, show the preparation leading up to the match, and film components of the match itself.

The quality and level of play are not as important to them as the personalities and the actual competition, therefore any age or any level is perfectly fine.

And, of course, it shouldn’t be ugly like the one above, at all.

If you might know of any great chess rivalry in your school, your team, or anywhere in Metro Atlanta, please contact Phillip Ragland (202-270-7542; DrPhilRagland@yahoo.com)

Hurry up, filming should get started within 30 days from now! (Aug 13, 2014)

Anybody can win unless there happens to be a rival.

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