An interesting article was published on Chess-News written by the Grandmaster Andrey Deviatkin. In the article he is basically explaining how boring the Grand Tour Chess circuit has been for the spectactors. He also claims that this elitist closed tournaments should be reduced to minimum one year and how these events do not help promote chess around the globe.
One of the interesting points he makes is how the top ten players have suffered defeats when they have faced other ”supposedly mediocre GMs” in recent events such as the European Team Championship. This unexpected results make chess more attractive to the eyes of spectators.
”Even the players are pretending something great is going on”
You can read the full article here