Masking Up At The World Cup

The Ironman called yesterday afternoon asking if I knew anything about what was happening at the World Cup in Sochi what with games ending prematurely and some not beginning, etc. After devoting much time following the Royal game the past few days (proof will be in the next two posts, unless there is more Breaking News!) I was in a daze and decided to ‘pull lite’ yesterday in an attempt at recharging and had just awakened from a nap and started my third cuppa Joe when the phone rang. Next thing I know the Ironman had sent me a link and I was taking part in a Chess lesson in which a young fellow was treated to a free hour, to go with the earlier paid hour, of Chess by two old curmudgeonly coaches. The game the student chose was between Sasa Martinovic

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https://www.zadarskilist.hr/clanci/02022013/sasa-martinovic-deveti-sa-dvije-pobjede

and World Champion Magnus Carlsen at the World Cup.

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Keeping the mask on — world champion Magnus Carlsen | Photo: Anastasiia Korolkova

The above picture was found at ChessBase (https://en.chessbase.com/post/world-cup-2021-r2-d1) this morning and it is a sign of the times.

We have been here before and will, no doubt be here again. In my post of April 28, 2021, I Took The Vaccine (https://xpertchesslessons.wordpress.com/2021/04/28/i-took-the-vaccine/) I wrote about the world wide flu pandemic, called the Spanish Flu, even though there is much evidence it began in the USA, and how people that wore a mask would collectively take them off and later put them back on, with this continuing until the last time when the flu had run its course and the people were back to a state of being without “masking up.”

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The World Cup was a mistake, just as attempting the Olympic Games will be a terrible mistake. Why would intelligent people make stupid decisions like this?

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The President of FIDE, Arkady Dvorkovich

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As close as the Dvork gets to Chess

does not call the shots or make any major decision when it comes to FIDE and Chess. The small man who is the Big Dog in Russia makes all the major decisions that are to be made, and not just in Chess. Everyone below him is afraid of making a wrong decision, just as in the daze of Stalin, so they abdicate to King Putin

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SmirKing Vlad

The Chess world was fortunate there were no casualties at the resumption of the Candidates tournament but that does not mean it was the correct decision to resume play. It was obviously wrong to hold the World Cup and I would give long odds on the World Cup being completed. Word on the street is that the players are SCARED to DEATH! Another way to put it is that they are FRIGHTENED OUT OF THEIR MINDS! Most probably top players will book passage home, if able, and get the hell out of Dodge ASAP!

A Sign of the Times

Coping with Crisis

In the first half, occult historian Mitch Horowitz

(https://mitchhorowitz.com/) discussed how to remain focused, positive, and effective during the world crisis and pandemic. As we face the coronavirus situation, we have to be careful not to give in to panic, he cautioned, as this is something that can create a “psychological pandemic” of its own. By hoarding or overbuying groceries and supplies, we may be taking away items from people in need, and sending the wrong lessons to our kids, he remarked. We should be practicing solidarity with our neighbors, and grace under pressure, he continued, as well as showing gratitude for those who are assisting others and keeping things running.
https://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2020/03/12

Shopper wheeled out on stretcher after fight at metro Atlanta Sam’s Club

A fight at a metro Atlanta Sam’s Club on Thursday evening that triggered a multiagency police response is also the subject of a viral video circulating on social media.

According to Paulding County authorities, sheriff’s deputies and Hiram police officers responded to a fight call at the warehouse store on Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway about 7:30 p.m. after at least one customer was injured.

A cellphone video taken inside the store appears to show several people tussling on the floor of the wine aisle as an employee in a green vest tries to break them apart. Some kind of liquid is spilled on the floor.

BREAKING: A man was stabbed with a wine bottle over a pack of water at a Sam’s Club in Hiram. 😳😳😳😳pic.twitter.com/KV5X7MiKpO
— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) March 13, 2020

Onlookers gather as the scene grows chaotic, and many can be heard screaming and voicing their disbelief.

In another video, a man is shown being wheeled out of the store on a stretcher while a deputy asks shoppers to move out of the way.

The videos have since been shared on Twitter via Everything Georgia, an aggregated news and original video sharing account with more than 1.5 million followers.

Investigators believe the fight started when two customers bumped shopping carts, Hiram police spokesman Sgt. Edwin Ivey told AJC.com. It “eventually escalated into them hitting one another with wine bottles,” he said in an email.

https://www.ajc.com/news/breaking-news/shopper-wheeled-out-stretcher-after-fight-metro-atlanta-sam-club/EX3gLqM9TL5ySHgtPoALsJ/