Coffee, FIDE, Sex and Brunettes
Does Black Coffee Matter?
Or is this subject just too woke ? Might we soon see StarBucks selling what used to be called a good old fashioned glass of orange juice instead as a trans-coffee ? (The orange one day decided that it really wanted to be a coffee bean?!)
Jokes aside (no apologies to anyone who might have been offended) black coffee is in the headlines again:
Allow me to digress a bit please: this headline is a sign of these manipulated covid times that we live in. Scientific reason as opposed to the usual good reason or just plain reason? Wasn’t Einstein able to do all of that fantastic stuff employing good old fashioned reason?
What has happened this past year? Is a reason all of a sudden more validated because it is prefixed or qualified scientific? Or is a scientific reason supposed to end all debate on the matter, scientific and/or dissenting?
HINT: Clueless idiotic government advisers are all of a sudden elevated to unchallengeable heights of legitimacy if we now cleverly label them scientific advisers.
I fear that this might actually be the case…take BoJo’s scientific advisers, for example.
Getting back to the article, the author actually lists 12 reasons:
- It gives you a healthier liver
- It makes you smarter.
- It boosts your metabolism by 11%
- It gives you important nutrients.
- It reduces your risk of Type2 diabetes.
- It lowers your risk of Parkinson’s
- It fights depression and makes you happier.
- Lower cancer risks
- Lower risk of heart disease.
- It keeps your system cleansed.
- It keeps you calm(er).
- Reduced chance of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Here is where science and I depart. The above reasons might (or might not) be true, BUT the reason I drink black coffee is because I WANT to! Period. Case closed.
The Candidates Tournament Saga?
It is almost enough to make you feel sorry for FIDE. Almost. The covid-postponed 2020 Candidates Tournament is set to resume in Yekaterinburg on the 19th of this month. Covid or no covid.
The tournament is going forward because FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich SAYS SO. It does not seem to matter if virtually all of Europe is locked down (except for Russia).
Nor does it matter that all sorts of planned international conferences for Yekaterinburg are being postponed until the end of the year.
Just last week SPORT ACCORD postponed its biggest yearly conference (originally scheduled for May 2021 in Yekaterinburg):
Just like in March 2020 when the uncertainties of Covid convinced virtually the entire sporting world to close down, FIDE again finds itself isolated. They are going ahead regardless of the risks to the players and to everyone involved in the organization of the event.
Worse still, FIDE is ignoring best standards and will NOT test the players for infection during the event. Nor will the players have to wear a mask. And there will be spectators: by the hundreds!
I have no idea of how FIDE convinced the players to agree to participate, but is holding the Candidates Tournament — independent of near global Covid lockdowns — worth the risk? We shall soon see!
The Blondes versus Brunettes Saga
Don’t get me wrong: I have nothing against pretty faces, classy eroticism and timeless grace. The spice of LIFE! This blog even promotes this. Not all that is sexist deserves to be criticized.
HOWEVER, the question is whether an OFFICIAL organization like FIDE should get involved this kind of promotion.
I am talking about the traditional (since 2011 or 2012) Blondes versus Brunettes chess competition held each spring in Moscow amongst women chess players. Dating back from the time when Dvorkovich was in charge of the Russian Chess Federation and he tried to modernize things.
The actual tournament is organized by a woman Grandmaster, Masha Fominykh, but I am not aware of the sponsors.
This year’s tournament was held on the 3rd of April in Moscow. The format was identical to previous years: 8 Blondes, 8 Brunettes and color coordinated dress code.
The Brunettes won by a score of 37 to 27. Congrats! Grandmaster Kosteniuk (former World Champion!) had the best individual score.
This event, however, has raised some questions and controversy in the past, especially from women players themselves (2019):
But more important, should FIDE publically support initiatives that are clearly sexist? Of course, any long time reader of this blog will know that FIDE has a very long and proud history of double standards, hypocrisy and shameless profiteering.
NEVER THE LESS, in 2019 FIDE president Dvorkovich made a big public show of declaring that FIDE intends to be on the vanguard of gender equality and female empowerment:
Statement by FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment:
“Fiercely competitive and universally established, chess has enchanted athletes and enthusiasts for centuries, regardless of their age, social status, gender, or faith. Chess appeals to the intellect, and it helps us to focus on the things we have in common with other people, rather than the superficial differences between us.
It is part of FIDE’s core mission to endorse this cherished diversity across all levels of engagement, from early learning to world-class players. FIDE’s renewed policies are rooted in our firm commitment to women empowerment and gender equity. We believe that sport equate fairness, and equality of opportunity requires the recognition and understanding of social context.
It is also our responsibility to address and dismantle any barriers that girls or women face at engaging in this sport. FIDE can only fulfill its global mission if we can inspire young girls and pave their way to immerse in the game, foster their talent and provide every opportunity for them to compete at the very top level.
With the aim to increase women’s participation in the professional game, FIDE maintains a female track in all professional series and an open track for all athletes. It is one of our goals to establish specific corporate partnerships to help female athletes reach their full potential and be rewarded accordingly. Finally, FIDE aims to increase women’s participation in executive roles within our organization, as well as to promote female leaders as our international partners and ambassadors of the game.”
Geneva, June 10th, 2019
Nice words. But only words.