Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How cynical* can you be?

Nigel's having himself a bit of whinge.

Nigel Short, New In Chess 2014#6, page 39.

Well, I'll take the Cynicism Challenge and see how cynical I can be.

Cynically, I wonder. If you were the candidate in a presidential election and your main backer was promising ten million dollars to spend if you won - no strings, no questions asked - would you actually wait until half an hour before the election to announce it?

[* As cynical as somebody who complains about malpractice and corruption but is best mates with Ray Keene?]
[Nigel Short index]


Angus French said...

I wonder if it would have made a difference to the election result if Rex Sinquefield had offered to assist with the financing of the troubled Tromso Olympiad or had helped fund a bid for the upcoming Carlsen-Anand World Championship match (now, controversially and with reduced prize money, to be held in Sochi, Russia)? I mean: if he'd offered to provide finance up front and unconditionally, like ECU Presidential candidate Zurab Azmaiparashvilli and the Georgian Chess Federation did with their bid for the 2018 Olympiad and the 2017 World Cup.

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