Good morning, Monday! How was your weekend? Today finds me in Lisbon playing in the very strong Portugal Open. A nine round event, top seeded is the colourful Jobava from Georgia.
Saturday and Sunday saw double rounds each, and somehow I have managed to get 3 points from them ( 2 draws and 2 victories). For the rest of the week, there is a calm one round per day. Readers will be able to follow the games HERE.
Why do some people try to ruin coffee for everyone?
“It’s impossible that we still struggle to decide if coffee is healthy or unhealthy,” says Giuseppe Grosso, a nutritional epidemiologist at the University of Catania in Italy: Good for hypertension one week. Bad for hypertension the next.
To address this vexing situation, Grosso and his colleagues collected all studies on the health effects of coffee, systematically reviewed the evidence, then offered up their bottom line in the Annual Review of Nutrition. (LINK to article)
An excellently written article by an expert on the subject and I think it serves to squash the neurotic twitch that is far too often apparent in MSM that there might be something dark lurking in our coffee other than the coffee beans themselves. No coffee does not cause cancer. No coffee will not make you join ISIL. No coffee will not make Trump go away…(though that is a promising thought!)
Unpublished studies demonstrate again and again that women who drink their coffee black have little to fear from the Donald Trump’s of the world!
What does the Kremlin have in mind for FIDE ?
This was no doubt the most surprising development as the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) met this past Saturday to elect the President of the RCF! Karpov has now re-emerged as a possible candidate for the FIDE presidency later this year. This has left political commentators and partisan observers completely bewildered…
Nigel clearly feels that all of the cloak and dagger is aimed towards getting rid of the long standing FIDE president. He may very well be right! HOWEVER, I think he may be premature (again) in his optimism…
The ‘other camp’ still has no candidate to run in the FIDE election later this year in September. The only viable candidate in Europe is the president of the French Chess Federation (FFE) Kouatly, and he refuses to run while Kirsan still has a chance to win.
But with Karpov in the picture there is an even greater chance that Kouatly will continue to REFUSE to run. What chance does he have against a Karpov? None what so ever.
So the situation created in the RCF meeting in Moscow this past weekend has served to effectively discourage the emergence of any ‘alternative’ candidate. With time running out, Kirsan is increasing his chances to win the FIDE election because he is the ONLY candidate actually campaigning! Brilliant!
To be continued