Now here is something that actually makes sense: Air pollution can cause cancer! And it is not difficult to find evidence to support this claim. The BBC published just the other day an article entitled ”Air pollution causes cancer–WHO” link
What is more–and this makes it especially worthy of being mentioned here on my blog–the research on this topic has nothing to do with COFFEE and all of those questionable university studies that look for the most unlikely of correlations!
Does drinking coffee in NYC affect the size of the pimple on the Japanese Emperor’s butt?
OR how about this:Is there a link between international terrorism and the amount of decaf served between noon and 1 pm on Saturdays in London?
Etc, etc. If you want to find a correlation between any two points then you will find one if you try hard enough! Does it PROVE anything? No! Ofcourse not…Someone should pull the plug on the funding of such ridiculous studies…
But getting back to today’s theme of air pollution, it was not so long ago that we chessplayers had to put up with smokers in chess tournaments! When I was just starting to play chess I had a number of problems with smokers, especially those ones who felt it was to their advantage to blow smoke in my face when it was my move! And what is worse, there was nothing to do about it because smokers DOMINATED the landscape!
Then about the end of the 1980’s regulations came into effect in the chess world that just about eliminated smoking in official chess tournaments. I remember at the international tournament in Marseilles (1989) that former world champion Misha Tal (a dedicated chain smoker) had to get special premission from the arbiter to smoke at the board–conditional on first getting approval from each and everyone of his opponents! (I had no problem with this, especially since the request came with a draw offer!)
Marseilles /1989 Tal –Spraggett : 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Bxd2+ 7.Qxd2 O-O 8.O-O d6 9.Nc3 Qe7 10.Rfd1 Nbd7 11.Ne1 Bxg2 12.Nxg2 Rfd8 13.Rac1 1/2-1/2
Younger players today would probably find it hard to believe that there was a time when smoking in chess tournaments was not only a right but was equally considered socially acceptable ! Or that most of the best players in the world did smoke!
The legendary American star Frank Marshall
Alekhine (l) and Geller (c) lighting up. And is that not Viktor Korchnoi smoking during the 1968 Lugano Olympiad , sitting beside none other than Geller? Must have been terrible for the opposing team…
Chain smoker Tal, Spassky and Reshevsky. I love the hanging ash in Spassky’s photo!
The famous 1966 encounter in Havanna between Fischer and Spassky. Fischer did not smoke, but did not seem to mind if Spassky smoked.
THE TIMES have certainly changed for smokers! I almost feel sorry for them today, because they are becoming increasingly treated like outcasts–having to lower themselves to sneak out of the building where they work to catch a few puffs on the sidewalk–but ALMOST is the key word: for a long time smokers dominated the earth! Now we know that secondary smoke can even be more harmful for your health than actually smoking!
Coffee is a lot better for you, and it can improve your sex life!
PANJWANI GETS 1st GM-NORM!!
The first time is always the MOST difficult! This is often especially true of achieving your FIRST gm-norm! CONGRATS to Raja for doing so this weekend!! It took a LOT of effort and a LONG time to do, but Canadian IM Raja Panjwani never gave up sight of his goal! At the SPICE CUP, held in St.Louis between October 15 and 19, Raja scored 6 points out of nine.
Traditionally, the 2nd and 3rd (final) norms are much easier. Raja plans to do this before the end of next Spring. GOOD LUCK!