Archive for the 'Chess' Category

Roethlisberger And Brees Suffer Injuries, Brown Plays And Pats Destroy, Grandmasters Are Elite Athletes

FOOTBALL

A few big stories in week two of the NFL:

One of the biggest stories in week two of the NFL was unfortunately seeing Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffer an elbow injury in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks, and the New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees leaving the game against the LA Rams with a thumb injury. No word on when the two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks will be back in action.

Antonio Brown was in the news this weekend for actually playing football and took the field for the first time with his new team, the New England Patriots. He finished with a touchdown and four catches for 56 yards. The Patriots were unstoppable and embarrassed the Dolphins in a 43-0 victory.

For more NFL news, click here.

CHESS

In case anyone wonders whether playing professional chess is a sport, ESPN writer Aishwarya Kumar wrote about Grandmasters losing weight while playing in competitions. She cited Robert Sapolsky, who studies stress in primates at Stanford University. He proved a chess player can burn up to 6,000 calories a day based on breathing rates, blood pressure and muscle contractions. He noted that “grandmaster’s stress response to chess are on par with what elite athletes experience.” He went on to say, “Grandmasters sustain elevated blood pressure for hours in the range found in competitive marathon runners,”

 

 

 

Share
No comments

Machado, Harper, Trout’s $1 Billion, Clay Matthews To Rams, 8-Year Old Homeless Chess Champ

BASEBALL

Three baseball superstars have transformed the baseball world with their astounding contracts. In just over a month, these players as a trio have amassed $1 billion dollars in commitments. It all started with Manny Machado who agreed to a 10-year $300 million agreement with the San Diego Padres. Not long after, Bryce Harper signed a 13-year $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. Not to be outdone, this week, Mike Trout signed an extension with the Los Angeles Angels creating a 12-year  $426.5 million deal.

FOOTBALL

Clay Matthews, the accomplished Green Bay Packers linebacker, agreed to a 2-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams. Matthews grew up in LA and walked on at USC, becoming a standout player. In the 2009 draft, Matthews was selected in the first round (26th pick) by Green Bay where he excelled and made the Pro Bowl six times. Matthews, a self-proclaimed rom-com fan, had a memorable scene with some of his Packer buddies in Pitch Perfect 2. Check it out!

CHESS

Tanitoluwa Adewumi (goes by Tani), an 8-year-old Nigerian refugee who lived in a homeless shelter, won the New York State chess championship in his age group. The New York Times reported Tani and his family left Nigeria in 2017 fearing attacks on Christians and moved to New York where he learned to play chess in school. Tani’s coach at PS 116 in Manhattan, Russell Makofsky, said, “It’s unheard of for any kid, let alone one in a homeless shelter.” Tani stated he wants to be the youngest grandmaster. Makofsky created a GoFundMe page for Tani and his family after the tournament, and with the success of the crowdfunding, Tani and his family were able to move into an apartment.

 

Share
No comments