Hello, Tuesday! Here are some relevant numbers, if you are that sort of person: Today is day 101 of the year 2017. Week 15. There are 264 more days before January 1, 2018. All this, assuming ofcourse, that Trump does not unwittingly pull the plug before then, provoking a ‘great ‘ nuclear war with both/either China or Russia. (If that happens, we might have to re-invent the calender)
Coffee and salt ?!
There is something for everyone when it comes to coffee. Personally I prefer my coffee black, no sugar, and must confess that I have not the slightest inclination to experiment. However, who am I to criticize that fringe group that prefer their coffee with a pinch of ? You can read more about this HERE. I suppose the idea is to make coffee less bitter, atleast to the taste buds. A study from the journal Nature showed that sodium ions suppress the bitterness in coffee and actually enhance its flavour.
I don’t drink coffee for its taste. I like the kick it gives me in the morning right after getting up. And I love the ‘charge the batteries‘ feeling it gives me during the day. I like the poetry it inspires in me…
Does she look like she is drinking coffee with salt?
Did Kirsan out-wit the coup plotters?
The news yesterday that the coup was off and that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov would remain President of FIDE – with the blessing of the Presidential Board (PB) – came as a cold to his detractors, leaving some in disbelief, raising questions about whether money was involved in the coup-plotters backing off of their original demands.
FIDE released a statement yesterday that Malcolm Pein quite rightly pointed out was ambiguous and insufficient. More than a few key questions and doubts remain unanswered. Some argue that Kirsan lost ground, others – such as myself – argue that Kirsan reached a mutually beneficial compromise with the coup-leaders.
Readers can read the FIDE press release HERE, given in ChessBase. Let me point out that this entire mini-scandal got started when FIDE released a controversial press statement claiming that Kirsan had resigned. The new press release makes clear that no such unauthorized press statement will ever again be given on the FIDE site.
I let the readers make up their own minds about this mess. Who won? Who lost? Such is the story of FIDE under the colourful Kirsan Ilyumzhinov…as an aside, it must be nice to go thru life being able to afford anything one wants! In anycase, congrats to both sides for not dragging our sorry asses thru another unnecessary FIDE scandal!
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