Archive for the 'Chess' Category

Suns In Finals, NCAA Rule Change Allowing Athletes To Make $, Mississippi State Wins World Series, 12-Yr Old Grandmaster

BASKETBALL

Thanks to Chris Paul’s 41 points, the Phoenix Suns cruised past the LA Clippers to secure their place in the NBA Finals.

The Atlanta Hawks will play the Milwaukee Bucks tonight (series tied 2-2).

NCAA

The NCAA will now allow athletes to profit off of their names, images, and likenesses. According to reports, these top 20 athletes have the greatest chance of cashing in immediately on lucrative endorsements.

BASEBALL

Mississippi State beat Vanderbilt (9-0) to win its first-ever College World Series championship.

CHESS

12-year old Abhimanyu Mishra from New Jersey became the youngest grandmaster in chess history.

 

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Brady’s TB12 Diet, Magnus Carlsen Loses To 18 Yr Old, Mice At Australian Open

FOOTBALL

One of the topics of conversation leading up to the Super Bowl is the obvious comparison of how a 43-year old Tom Brady will fare against a 25-year-old Patrick Mahomes. In order to keep in peak physical condition, Brady swears by his TB12 diet. Check out CBS Sports’ Pete Blackburn attempting to live like Brady for a week.

CHESS

The best chess player in the world, Magnus Carlsen shockingly lost to 18-year old Andrey Esipenko at the Tata Steel Tournament. In a tweet after the match, Carlsen jokingly said, “Had a very unpleasant experience at the playing hall today, felt like a swab was being shoved into my nostril and all the way inside my brain, causing a lot of pain. Covid test after the game was not that bad though #TataSteelChess”

TENNIS

The 2021 Australian Open will begin on February 8th, but the players are already on-site due to quarantine protocols. Unfortunately, though, the accommodations are not ideal. Number 28th ranked Yulia Putintseva documented the mice problem in her hotel room, but rather than trying to solve the issue, local authorities are blaming the players for feeding the mice and contributing to the problem.

 

 

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“Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing” At All NFL Week 1 Games, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating, Kasparov Criticizes NBA

FOOTBALL

The NFL is discussing having the Black National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” performed live or pre-recorded prior to “The Star Spangled Banner” at each of the week 1 games this season. “Lift Ev‘ray Voice and Sing” written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson was later turned into a song by his brother J. Rosamond Johnson.

COMPETITIVE EATING

Thankfully, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest will provide some live sports over the 4th of July holiday weekend. This iconic event normally takes place in Coney Island, NY but will be held indoors (with no fans) for the first time in its history.  Joey Chestnut, who traditionally dominates in this sport, will be looking to capture his 13th Mustard Yellow Belt and his fourth straight win. His world record is 73.5 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

BASKETBALL

Chess grand master and human rights activist, Garry Kasparov, criticized the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver for not standing up to human rights violations carried out by the Chinese Communist Party against the Uyghur population. Kasparov responded to Silver’s comment saying, “NBA-China relations have improved…they have a different view how things have been done, how things should be done. And hopefully, we can find mutual respect for each other.” Kasparov tweeted, “The NBA’s concern for human rights stops right at the bank, China has Uyghur concentration camps and is preparing to crush Hong Kong and he talks of ‘mutual respect’? What a joke.”

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Harvick Wins Darlington, Magnus Carlsen’s Online Chess Tournament

NASCAR

Kevin Harvick won NASCAR’s first race back following a 10-week pause due to the pandemic. With no fans in the stands, Harvick (who recorded his 50th victory) spoke about his win at Darlington Raceway and said, “I just want to thank everybody from NASCAR and all the teams for letting us do what we do. I didn’t think it was going to be that different, then we won and it’s dead silent out here. We miss the fans.”

CHESS

Chess is one of the few sports that can easily be played and watched online, so it’s no wonder it’s gaining in popularity. World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen organized a successful and profitable online chess tournament, the Magnus Carlsen Invitational (which he won), and will be adding three more tournaments plus a grand final event with combined prize money of $1 million dollars. The tournament marks the first time online chess has been broadcast on TV. Carlsen is planning to kick off the next tournament on May 19th with the final on August 20th. Many athletes have been playing online chess recently including NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo who said, “Chess is tough, it takes skill. You can’t just be 7 feet and dunk over everybody.”

 

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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.

 

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