In 1984, GM Garry Kasparov endured a five-month match with GM Anatoly Karpov, but his latest battle ended after nine years. Unlike in that clash, this time there was a decision.
Also this month, we take a look at a petition you can sign to urge the White House to invite the first-place American Olympiad team. We go further with the new chess sneakers, the all-time chess football team, and a two-year-old chess player with unimaginable pressure.The U.S. government has a long-standing policy that if any petition receives 100,000 votes, it will at least respond. Many winning teams from the major American sports get their day in the sun at the White House, so this petitioner thought that the first U.S. team gold in 40 years should be worthy of the same honor.
“Because they truly reflect the diversity and competitive spirit of America…recognition of this will encourage youth everywhere to pursue their dreams of further chess excellence,” wrote petitioner “T.K.”
Noble? Yes, but at the time of this writing, the petition is still 99,600 votes short. Want to help? View and sign the petition.
In a Magnus Carlsen triple-play this month we learned that the world champion has a strange fascination with an obscure NBA player. Lithuanian Mindaugas Kuzminskas of the New York Knicks, averaging a modest 4.5 points in 11 minutes/game, has captured the heart of Carlsen (as have other players from the Baltic country). Like any good second, GM Peter Heine Nielsen searched New York to find a Kuzminskas jersey.