Good morning, Saturday! I don’t know about you, but I am a little bit tired (to be polite; otherwise consumed, exasperated,irritated, drained) of the US election and am VERY glad that the dust will clear this Tuesday. May the better man win …
(Cup made in Mexico!)
I am also glad that the Carlsen vs Karjakin match is about to begin next week in New York, as I have explained elsewhere on this blog. Also VERY good news that AGON’s plans to prevent third party live-reporting on the match have FAILED. I understand perfectly the logic of AGON’S wanting to make money from holding the match, but I think they should be focusing on ticket sales, TV-rights and merchandizing. NOT trying to re-invent the wheel and preventing other websites from servicing their memberships and/or readerships. Sounds more like fratricide than gens una suma…hopefully AGON will not lose its way.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2016
Who is going to win? I don’t care really, as a chess fan all I want is a good, clean fight and lots of excitement. To me both players are different (style-wise) and the same (strength). Both have brilliant CVs. Both love to play 1.e4, but can play anything when it is necessary.
Coffee hygiene: DON’T wash your coffee cup?!
I came across this just today. Hard to believe that your empty and unwashed coffee cup is just perfect to use as is the next day! Key word is empty: otherwise mold might get hold. Don’t worry about germs…the only germs in a coffee cup are dead.
Starke noted: ‘If you leave cream or sugar in your mug over the weekend, that can certainly cause mold to grow.’
However, if you finish your coffee and leave minimal residue in your cup, you could pour yourself a fresh cup the next day and not do yourself any harm.
Starke added, ‘If I went and cultured the average unwashed coffee cup, of course I’m going to find germs. But remember the vast majority came from the person who used the cup.’
Due to the fact that most harmful bacteria die shortly after leaving the body, you could drink from your coffee cup while sick and still not re-infect yourself.” Read more HERE.
How the media continues to give chess a bad rep
Continuing along the theme of how the Media trivializes, sensationalizes, distorts and stereotypes the game of chess and any or all who know how to play it…I came across this article in the MailOnline this morning.
I understand that the individual was a bad person and fully deserved his prison sentence (or maybe a few more years thrown in just for building good character), but why did the editor choose to throw in a byline that insinuates that he is a serious chess player? I mean, is it relevant to this character’s behaviour? Surely he must have been a football fan ? (Who isn’t?) Why not just insinuate that he was a hooligan? Maybe the editor liked football more than chess?!
Sort of reminds me of the NY-Times article a while back that had the title ” US wins gold with help of imported talent” Needlessly disparaging those who achieve great things simply because they were born elsewhere. America is a country built by immigrants.
It is never funny when it is meant to be serious…