@duchess64said "Walter Tevis appealed to the popular cultural trope of the deeply troubled chess genius.
He might well have believed that readers who did not play chess would be bored by the
less sensationalistic lives of real female chess prodigies such as Judit Polgar and Hou Yifan.
So Tevis decide to embroil his heroine with substance abuse and sexual complications."
His novel wa ...[text shortened]... exual complications will motivate many American parents
to encourage their daughters to play chess.
This book, and the Netflix series which it was based on was never intended to be taken as anything other than fiction. The reason I like it so much, has nothing to do with race, sexism, drugs, or the finer points of tournament chess. This is an imaginative, fictional story about an introverted young person's introduction to the game (very much like myself at that age) it's my favorite literary topic and one of the very few of it's kind ever produced.
"The Effects of Large Group Meetings on the Spread of COVID-19: The Case of Trump Rallies"
"We investigate the effects of larg ...[text shortened]... he communities in
which Trump rallies took place paid a high price in terms of disease and death."
An academic paper concludes that 18 Trump campaign rallies (where most people ignored social distancing or did not wear masks) likely led to more than 700 deaths by Covid-19.
I'm sure this is true, in fact the death toll may be higher than that before we know the full effect of his rally's. I don't know why Trump supporters can't get it through their heads this virus doesn't care which candidate one supports - it's an equal opportunity killer. Maybe they really are "that" dumb!
@averagejoe1said What is your end game, anyway. Seriously. Trump posts are now boring, and anything about Biden is uneventful, as AOC will take over. So, get to the point, you fellers. What is your end game?
What is your end game?
Right now I'm studying minor piece endings, and they are NOT simple. 😵
His lawsuits claiming of voter fraud aren't passing legal muster with even the most Conservative judges. He is failing to gain ground on Joe Biden in the remaining battleground states. Nearly 80% of Americans Now Say Biden Won White House, Ignoring Trump's Refusal to Concede. His financial and tax records show he owes far more than he has, killing his myth as a successful businessman. Multiple sources say Melania will divorce him soon after he leaves office. An increasing number of his inner circle are advising him to admit defeat. A mountain of legal and financial woes await him in January, and with no White House to take refuge in, arrest and/or indictments may not be far off.
Like an ice cube melting in the blazing afternoon sun, Donald Trump's political, personal, legal, and financial fortunes, are melting away for all to see. He is now a a broke, defeated, obese old man, facing a grim future.
@duchess64said Some Americans have speculated that Russia (led by Putin) has a
secret hold on President Trump and has been pulling some strings to
have him do Russia's bidding, without making it appear too obvious.
After Trump has left office, he would have little usefulness to Russia.
So will President Trump--with hardly anything left to lose--order
the US military and intelligenc ...[text shortened]... s that, it may confirm the hypothesis
that he was being blackmailed into being an agent for Russia.
After Trump has left office, he would have little usefulness to Russia. So will President Trump--with hardly anything left to lose--order the US military and intelligence establishments to hand over their deepest secrets to Russia? Would they obey their commander-in-chief?
I don't think so - Ordering the US military to do such a thing would raise a number of red flags, and I highly doubt the US military would obey such an order. Trump could however try to steal such information and sell it later on. Donald Trump has guaranteed millions in loans that he has little chance to repay, so I wouldn't be surprised if he tried to sell American secrets, especially since Mother Russia's collection methods are frequently on the harsh side. 😉
While Donald Trump, furious over his humiliating loss to Joe Biden threatens to sue and fire - almost everybody - his Democratic counterpart President elect Joe Biden spent today in virtual meetings with his panel of medical advisors, with the aim of curbing the deadly COVID 19 pandemic that killed nearly a quarter million Americans this year. None these top medical experts include family members, personal friends, or media figures. When Joe takes office in January the full weight of our government will be brought to forward to fight this virus and the economic damage it has done, rather than dismissing it as a "hoax"
Thankfully America has elected a work horse, and not a show horse -
@congruentsaid I was a bit disappointed in how it turned out and I won't be watching to completion. I cannot recommend the series to friends/family, perhaps a good reminder of why I don't like Netflix creating a generation of binge-watchers.
Chess is not about taking green pills and skipping school. 🙁
Chess is not about taking green pills and skipping school.
Please pardon my nitpicking, but Bobby Fischer skipped school a lot, and he was a rather strong player. Green pills?--well, it's just a fictional story.
@duchess64said In the USA, chess seems held in much lower popular esteem than, say, golf or tennis.
Apart from cultural bias, there's no intrinsic reason why professionals who teach
chess should be paid much less than those who teach golf or tennis.
In the USA, chess seems held in much lower popular esteem than, say, golf or tennis. Apart from cultural bias, there's no intrinsic reason why professionals who teach chess should be paid much less than those who teach golf or tennis.