Wednesday Coffee, potpourri and other nonsense!
Good morning, Wednesday! Did you know that there is a coffee shop in L.A that serves a cup of coffee for $55 ? I kid you not!
Granted, Klatch Coffee’s cup of coffee is from an award winning and limited supply coffee bean grown in Panama, but aren’t we taking coffee a bit too far here? LA is not Dubai ,where a $68 cup of coffee might even be considered normal.
I judge my coffee by less materialistic criteria. What I love most about my coffee is how that first sip reaches out and touches the soul…
Where coffee meets soul…
Kramnik given Wild Card to 2018 Candidates Tournament
The rules stated that Kirsan could nominate one of the tournament’s players and this was done at the end of October. Former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik was given this honour. An honour worthy of Kramnik’s stature, in my opinion. Kirsan could have done a lot worse…
The reaction in the chess world, ahead of the Palma de Mallorca qualifcation tournament for the other hopeful candidates, was mixed. As one would have expected from any other sport where passions run high and every spectator or fan thinks that he knows better. To this all I have to add is “Good luck, Vladimir!”
That being said, why does Kirsan (or Agon, which is the same thing) have a personal input into the Candidates? Why does he have ANY say in the matter? I am certainly not against any tournament organizer or organizing federation having a say in who plays in his tournament, but it seems very invasive and in poor taste to let a chess politician extend his influence in this way.
Inspiring Coffee Commercial
Butcher Billy’s Art
Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” The Smiths, “Head Over Heels” by Tears For Fears and many others were portrayed in a very unusual way.
“This series imagines an alternate universe where some of the most desperate and tragic romantic songs in the ‘70s and’ 80s are actually books written by Stephen King. The concept is to look at the dark side of love by the vision of pop culture, bringing aspects of its classic stories to play the true meaning of the songs – this can be completely subverted or stressed strangeness, while paying tribute to the vintage design of the original covers,” Butcher wrote.
Nigel Short undergoes Brain Surgery!
In a complex procedure involving entering thru the nose, doctors today operated on Nigel Short’s brain. The purpose was to help Nigel become less sexist and less antagonistic to women in general. Let’s hope for a speedy recovery! (This operation was paid for by the Susan Polgar Foundation for Chess)
The Bernard Labadie Paradox
How can a Canadian chess organizer who can do this:
also take pride in this? (below)
The 2017 Canadian Chess Championship
A storage room, 100 feet below sea level, with no windows, far from the public or the press, converted into the playing room! Is this smear, disgrace and debasement of chess not a national calamity? Shame on you, Bernard!
Without a doubt the most poorly organized Canadian Zonal Championship in the history of Canadian Chess took place this past summer in Montreal, organized by the FQE with Bernard Labadie at the helm. Humiliating. Incompetent. Embarrassing. Inadequate. Adjectives that will most likely become directly associated with Bernard’s chess legacy in Canada, long after his demise.
The only man in Canada who really seems to know what he is doing…
Redefining Work Loads…
Heaven has become aware of social media!
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