Saturday potpourri and other nonsense
Hard to believe that this coming Monday will be the 42nd anniversary of the end of the ‘Match of the Century’, which saw Bobby Fischer defeat Boris Spassky. The world has changed a lot since, in some ways unpredictably. While the Cold War is no longer, we are probably closer to WWIII than ever before, given the Ukraine impasse. Chess wise, who would have thought back in 1972 that a GREAT tournament like the Sinquefield Cup would NOT have a single Russian in it? And speaking from today’s perspective, how can anyone be truly satisfied to organize a super-tournament without a single Chinese or Indian super-GM, either? It just seems so detached and UNREPRESENTATIVE of the times we live in; this is not the chess MOSAIC at the TOP…surely Sinquefield could have afforded more than 6 players!?
A pic is worth a 1,000 words…
Congrats to Caruana for a 3/3 score! I like this photo taken after Carlsen had resigned against Caruana. Carlsen, head in hand, and bowed, seems flustered. Caruana seems…how can you best describe it..thirsty?!
Being number one carries a LOT of pressures and burdens. It must be difficult to explain to others why Magnus does not always win.
Excerpt: ‘Are Americans dumber than Russians? Wait. You don’t have to rush to answer that, because a computer security company has done the hard work for you, and come to a definitive conclusion: Russians are more intelligent.
“Russians are more intelligent than Americans. They’re more intelligent because they think through every action they take to a point where it’s incredibly strategic. They’re operating at eight to 12 steps ahead on both the offensive and defensive side of the (chess) board.”–Tom Kellermann, chief cyber-security officer for Trend Micro’
THE AMERICAN MYTH ?!