I wonder if new tools for opening preparation could not help to lower the draw rates in classical chess?
Like the true percentile output in Fat Fritz that displays the expected wins, draws and losses, for a variation.
Also better opening training software, like the (hopefully) upcoming Chess Position Trainer 6. The opening trainer of Chesstempo witch is in beta stage. And the new opening training with Fritz 17.
Maybe Grandmasters wil feel more confident to take there changes on alternative opening lines with the use of these new software.
If you see the rising YouTube video's about chess, it seems like chess is more popular than ever.
I woud like to see 'No castling Chess', and 'Larry' chess, as alternatives to Fischer random chess. But I personally at this moment would like to keep classical chess as it is, the main game of chess.
I also think of some other way to produce more exiting games in classical chess.
What if player would play each-other without knowing the pairings before the game? Or even to play each-other anonymously?
If each player would sit alone at a chess board without knowing ho he's opponent is. Than they would think less about what's the opponent repertoire might be.
It could be done with these exiting new digital chess boards: https://youtu.be/G3WWuHgIwQ0