Originally posted by greenpawn34
This kind of thing is good. It raises the profile of Chess.
We would never see a British Chess player winning sportman of the year.
Well, that would be because of:
~King Canute - a strongwilled chessplayer who got into a dispute with the Danish Earl Ulf. Bad move for Ulf—the king had him killed.*
~William the Conqueror - another poor loser, who broke a chessboard over an opponent's head.*
*Names and quotes from: http://www.chesscity.com/Features/trivias.html