Of the three most read articles in El País, two are about chess. Thank you!The top piece, one of the two to which he refers:
Another chess player found dead at the Chess Olympiad.
b. Stephen Moss tweets:
Esther Addley's piece:
Now I don't particularly want to pick a fight with Mr Moss, Ms Addley or Sr García, but I confess to be having been taken rather aback by both the Tweets above.
Firstly, is the occasion of competitors' deaths at a chess event a proper time to point to the stories reporting their deaths as evidence of public interest in chess, let alone - Leontxo García - to congratulate oneself for the stories?
Secondly, is the fact of serious public interest in these stories actually evidence of the public's interest in chess, or of the public's liking to make a salacious connection between chess and death?
[More about the Guardian pieces tomorrow.]