I’m sure you’ve all seen cartoons, ads, or chess in movies where the board is reversed. This is a personal peeve of mine. It probably bothers me more than it should. In my opinion, if you are going to go to the trouble to include chess in any way, five minutes of research can prevent dumb mistakes.
Now, if it’s just a picture of two random people playing chess who don’t know how the board is supposed to be set up (white square on the lower right), that’s one thing. But if it’s a professional ad from a company or featured on screen somewhere, it really bugs the bishop out of me.
But, could it also be a fun opportunity? I know GMs have spectacular board vision, but what if a group of them were forced to play each other in a tournament with reversed boards? Would interesting errors occur because they are used to seeing certain squares a certain color? Would the dark-squared bishop turning into the light-squared bishop throw them off enough that silly mistakes were made?
I think it would be interesting to see.
A good, strong e4 player has conditioned him or herself to subconsciously realize that by playing that first move, d5 and f5 are controlled right out of the box--both of which are light squares. I seriously wonder if an e4 player wouldn’t be thrown off terribly by controlling dark squares instead with the very same move.
It seems to me they might. Of course, the same goes for d4 and c4 and f4 and every single black opening, as well.
It’s interesting to think about. I feel that at the GM level, fewer errors might be made than at a lower level, but maybe not. Either way, I think it would be a fun and interesting tourney idea.