Phish challenges fans to online chess game on New Years Eve 2020


If you’re looking to spice up your New Years Eve 2020 with a little excitement, you could do a lot worse than face the Phish group in a game of chess.

As strange as it may sound, this is what the group is doing to host 2021 instead of their usual New Years festivities at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Phish announced on Saturday to have teamed up with for a special showdown with fans as part of the regular streaming series they’ve been doing since the early days of the pandemic.

The chess challenge is more on the mark than it looks if you are unaware of your Phish lore. In 1995, the group staged a similar showdown with fans on their fall tour. At each show, the group shared their movement during the first set. Fans then gathered between sets to agree on their own move for that night.

Phish won the first game after fans conceded in mid-November. But fans backed down in Game 2, with Phish conceding on New Years Eve 1995, their first year-end show at MSG. For 25 years that 1-1 tie has held – but it won’t be for long.

To celebrate the news, Phish has prepared a fun little mock documentary about the 1995 tour and their commitment to beating fans in the ultimate 2020 showdown.

This 95 NYE show is the one coming out of the archives on December 31, 2020 for Phish’s ongoing “Dinner and Movie” series. The group launched archive flows in late March as the full reality of the 2020 nightmare pandemic set in. It was intended to give a taste of the community-centric fanbase to fans stuck at home, with the group sharing the video recording of an older show with a personally significant dinner recipe selected by one. of the four members of the group.

These are fun getaways, delivered weekly at the start before switching to a monthly cadence at the end of summer. But this New Year’s plan is the most ambitious and interactive yet, with Phish planning to engage in this live game of chess.

Here is how it will work:

Phish’s New Years Eve shows are a three-part affair, so expect plenty of time with the band as they deliberate on their moves.

That’s really all there is to it. If you want to participate in the game, you must create a account (which is free) and then join the “official club on the public side” of the game, found here.

If you’d rather just watch the show and see the chess shenanigans unfold, the Dinner and a Movie streams are posted on Phish’s official YouTube page. (And yes, they already have the recipe suggestions posted for New Years Eve.)

It’s worth mentioning that these Dinner and Movie shows provided freebies and donation opportunities with all proceeds going to support various causes named before each stream. The last show of 2020 will benefit the WaterWheel Foundation, Phish’s charitable initiative.

With no real New Years parties in 2020, this seems like a fun way to spend the evening. We hope it is safe for all of us to come together again by December 31, 2021.


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