News and other tidbits…
THE SHOW MUST GO ON…
ChessVibes reports that the current world title holder. Norwegian superstar Magnus Carlsen, recently sought a postponement of his upcoming title match against Vishy Anand but was flatly refused by FIDE. The match apparently will be held in Sochi sometime in November. Perhaps Magnus is worried about being caught in the middle of World War III…(!?)
Natalia’s telegram from Putin
Russian chess superstar Natalia Pogonina is deservedly the centre of attention everywhere she travels back home in Russia. Member of Russia’s gold-medal winning team, Natalia is at heart a modest person. One of the things I like about this story is how Natalia so readily shares her joyful experiences with everyone. Isn’t social media great! Above is Putin’s congratulatory telegram to each member of the winning Russian team. (Translation available at the link given above)
The WallStreetJournal published a short article comparing the price of beer from country to country. Not surprisingly, especially to those who attended the Tromso Olympiad, Norway is right at the top!