Thursday, March 13, 2008

ChessBase roundup

ChessBase - at it again, sort of.

This isn't such a bad article, all things considered, but what an awesomely stupid line:
It was twenty-nine years ago that the Iranian Revolution took place, the Shah Muhammad Reza Pahlavi fled to Cairo and the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini came to the power. Annually, at the anniversary of this revolution, which has been called "the third great revolution in history" following the French and Bolshevik revolutions, many cultural and sport Festivals are held in Iran.
In the tradition of the guys who killed so indiscriminately, Napoleon seemed like a refreshing change, and the people who made it hard to hate Hitler, comes the Iranian revolution! Yay!

ChessBase has a decisive-game fetish. If you ever want to torture information out of the ChessBase staff, show them YouTube clips of people agreeing to draws before move ten. I can guarantee they crack on the fifth dull Petroff.

No word yet on whether Bobby Fischer is still considered a martyr (schizophrenic anti-Semites: the forgotten minority), but I think we're due pretty soon. And I haven't heard from Karpov lately. Maybe he'll surface when Korchnoi dies, for one of those "it's safe to praise him now that he's dead" self-serving eulogies.

ANYWAY, enjoy.


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