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    This was mentioned deep in one of the threads about the World Cup, but just in case it doesn't garner enough notice:

    https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/...ournament.html

    "with files from the Washington Post" - ?? anyway, it hit the Star.
    It is about Anton, but the first thing you see is Zurab's ugly exposition about what happened and how great HE is... garbage..

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    Re: Anton's short story makes Toronto Star

    Originally posted by Kerry Liles View Post
    This was mentioned deep in one of the threads about the World Cup, but just in case it doesn't garner enough notice:

    https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/...ournament.html

    "with files from the Washington Post" - ?? anyway, it hit the Star.
    It is about Anton, but the first thing you see is Zurab's ugly exposition about what happened and how great HE is... garbage..
    Yeah, that kind of stuff happens. The guys who wear pants are interviewed by the journalists.

    Strange enough, it seems chess players don't always understand that...

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    • #3
      Re: Anton's short story makes Toronto Star

      Anton’s shorts story makes Toronto Star

      September 12, 2017

      The story has made The Telegraph and The Washington Post as well.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017...lfed-race-row/


      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.ebfa4dca7c9e

      In the comments to The Post story, one reader has created a campaign to raise the prize money Anton was denied.

      A couple of people are critical of Anton for not being tough enough.

      Three of support:

      David Whittington -
      Why is there a dress code at all relative to chess tournaments ? Who cares ? The object of a chess tournament is to play excellent chess. If chess players feel more comfortable wearing shorts and T-shirts, then they should be allowed to do so. This silly current dress code has now caused one of the top young chess players to simply walk away from the tournament. Chess is already perceived by millennials to be a stodgy old man's game. Relaxing dress codes could attract far more young people to the game.

      melinc -
      Anton didn't break any dress code Zurab you old stooge ...

      Susan Polgar -
      This is a TERRIBLE way to handle this situation. A player should never be disturbed right before an important game. I speak as a former World Champion and someone who organized more than 700 chess tournaments. This could have been handled after the game is finished. I wrote about how to properly handle things here

      https://chessdailynews.com/how-to-pr...-chess-crisis/

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        Re: Anton's short story makes Toronto Star

        Is there a dress code for golf or tennis? What's more comfortable when you play golf? I seriously don't know because I don't play golf. But I do know that sponsors are giving a lot of money for golf tournaments. Strange enough, the guys all come up wearing pants although they could legitimately be wearing shorts...
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        • #5
          Re: Anton's short story makes Toronto Star

          I seriously never saw Tiger Woods' knees. And it's not like the guy wasn't using them.

          But I saw Anton Kovaliov's knees. Even though the golf player was photographed ten thousand times more.

          It is what it is...

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          • #6
            Re: Anton's short story makes Toronto Star

            Originally posted by Mathieu Cloutier View Post
            I seriously never saw Tiger Woods' knees. And it's not like the guy wasn't using them.

            But I saw Anton Kovaliov's knees. Even though the golf player was photographed ten thousand times more.

            It is what it is...
            Knees? Who's worried about knees when we can see ankles? How disgusting

            Gotta get the ruler out an make sure his pants are long enough.

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            • #7
              Re: Anton's short story makes Toronto Star

              Kind of amazing that after all the breaking down of social norms in the west by the left/socialists/communists, one of the last norms still remaining with any effect is a semblance of expectations by many regarding how people (men at least) ought to dress and look.
              Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
              Murphy's law, by Edward A. Murphy Jr., USAF, Aerospace Engineer

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              • #8
                Re: Anton's short story makes Toronto Star

                I heard this mentioned on the CBC radio news last night.

                Sidhartha Banerjee's article has been widely distributed, e.g. The Sault Star and St. Thomas Times-Journal.

                Kovalyov now has the most photos published in the news of any Canadian Grandmaster!

                In the free Toronto Metro a cutout of him in his shorts was at the top of page 3!
                http://www.metronews.ca/news/canada/...world-cup.html

                CTV News
                http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/chess-f...ster-1.3584496

                The National Post
                http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn...r-at-world-cup

                Vancouver Sun by Leon Watson
                http://www.theprovince.com/news/worl...850/story.html

                Guelph Mercury/ Hamilton Spectator/Durham Region
                https://www.guelphmercury.com/sports...-at-world-cup/

                the Star article was mentioned in India
                http://www.hindustantimes.com/other-...f9SaQOXSL.html

                Argentina
                http://www.lanacion.com.ar/2061394-e...talones-cortos

                Russia
                https://russian.rt.com/sport/article...hmaty-kovalyov

                Australia
                https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/wor...11-gyetww.html

                photos at
                https://hunonchess.com/canadian-ches...er-his-shorts/

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                • #9
                  Re: Anton's short story makes Toronto Star

                  Also Globe and Mail and Ottawa Citizen (NP insert).

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                  • #10
                    Re: Anton's short story makes Toronto Star

                    Originally posted by Mathieu Cloutier View Post
                    Is there a dress code for golf or tennis? What's more comfortable when you play golf? I seriously don't know because I don't play golf. But I do know that sponsors are giving a lot of money for golf tournaments. Strange enough, the guys all come up wearing pants although they could legitimately be wearing shorts...
                    '

                    Golf is actually in serious decline in America. Maybe it's the dress code???

                    Here's even more evidence that Mathieu Cloutier doesn't know what he's talking about.

                    "Experts suggest that the sport, which has lost about 10 million golfers worldwide since 2008, let go of dress codes and social media bans to ensure clubs’ futures"

                    Your incessant lecturings to everyone on this topic are grating, especially as your opinion is down in the weeds with Tiger Woods' golf game. Poker does just fine with sponsors despite an anti-dress code, thank you very much. Chess could use some of that chutzpah.
                    Only the rushing is heard...
                    Onward flies the bird.

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                      Re: Anton's short story makes Toronto Star

                      Originally posted by Paul Bonham View Post
                      Golf is actually in serious decline in America. Maybe it's the dress code???

                      Here's even more evidence that Mathieu Cloutier doesn't know what he's talking about.

                      "Experts suggest that the sport, which has lost about 10 million golfers worldwide since 2008, let go of dress codes and social media bans to ensure clubs’ futures"

                      Your incessant lecturings to everyone on this topic are grating, especially as your opinion is down in the weeds with Tiger Woods' golf game. Poker does just fine with sponsors despite an anti-dress code, thank you very much. Chess could use some of that chutzpah.
                      Don't get me wrong.

                      I do not care how a GM dresses. I look at the games and the moves. But I know that some sponsors do care about having nice pictures to show for the tonight news. And you can't have that if the guys dress like garbage. Fischer understood that very well. And he singlehandedly brought chess into the realm of pro sports.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Anton's short story makes Toronto Star

                        Originally posted by Mathieu Cloutier View Post
                        Don't get me wrong.

                        I do not care how a GM dresses. I look at the games and the moves. But I know that some sponsors do care about having nice pictures to show for the tonight news. And you can't have that if the guys dress like garbage. Fischer understood that very well. And he singlehandedly brought chess into the realm of pro sports.

                        But you're going beyond that and saying the lack of money in chess is purely because of lack of dress code. Poker proves that is nonsense. Not every sponsor cares about dress code, and many that would like to appeal to the 18-to-35 demographic especially don't want to be associated with dress code.

                        So you throw away the sponsors that care about dress code and you embrace the sponsors that don't. Wake up and smell the coffee: poker is doing SO much better than chess. And golf, for that matter. The WSOP Main Event is still the world's richest sporting event by far, and very few players in that event wear golf-style pants.

                        Learn from your mistakes.
                        Only the rushing is heard...
                        Onward flies the bird.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Anton's short story makes Toronto Star

                          Back to the topic of it appearing in the Star, it made an editorial appearance today as well:

                          https://www.thestar.com/opinion/edit...editorial.html

                          Byline is the editorial board so it's not just one person's opinion either.
                          Christopher Mallon
                          FIDE Arbiter

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                          • #14
                            Re: Anton's short story makes Toronto Star

                            Originally posted by Christopher Mallon View Post
                            Back to the topic of it appearing in the Star, it made an editorial appearance today as well:

                            https://www.thestar.com/opinion/edit...editorial.html

                            Byline is the editorial board so it's not just one person's opinion either.
                            Unfortunately, chess has made the headlines here in Canada two times lately: the Sambuev Queen grab incident and Kovalov's shorts-gate.
                            Neither incident paints chess in a very favourable light of course. It seems unlikely that the main stream press will ever give chess any
                            coverage other than from a 'quirky' angle. There are exceptions when the media runs a story about a promising junior or young girl but I
                            think their alternative motive in that case is to appeal to 'human interest' rather than anything else; those stories are simply fluff pieces
                            or filler. Real controversy sells media which equals money.

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