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While I finish the last of this summer’s assignments, we’ll take a short break to thank you all for the kind birthday wishes. As Trey Anastasio says, “You guys are too much.”:):)
We’ll be back shortly with more iHeartRadio show links, LIV golf’s reversals of fortune of late, and – gasp! – chess?
Yes, chess. The world’s number one player and five-time reigning FIDE world champion – basically the Tiger Woods of professional chess, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen – has de facto accused another player, young, rising American professional Hans Niemann of having used an unfair advantage to defeat Carlsen in August’s Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis. Niemann snapped Carlsen’s two-year-long, 53 consecutive game streak without a loss. In response, Carlsen withdrew from the tournament without explanation. He also posted an oblique Tweet about being in trouble if he spoke. Then earlier this week, Carlsen met Niemann in a different tournament and resigned the game after making one move, a metaphoric public slap in the face a la Will Smith at the Oscars. The insinuation is clear.
Imagine golf icon Tiger Woods accusing young star Talor Gooch or Cameron Young or someone like that of using a magnetic ball or something; that’s how serious this is.
As you might guess, the topic is both informative and entertaining.
So anyway, while I polish those stories, please feel free to join in as all my friends come backwards down the number line.