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Was Mary Shelley a German? ;-)
Mr. Reppert, would you rather have more rhetorical masturbation about Balicki's fingers and bogeys instead of a friendly, light-hearted and innocuous dispute?
Oct. 5, 2015
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Was David Ionovich Bronstein American? Or does Seirawan own a pronounciation legal right ? ;-)
The “stein” suffix comes from German and should be treated as such. Maybe there's a case for David Bronstone :-p
Oct. 5, 2015
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You get a point, though in relay technical skill has its say too. See the outstanding results of the French teams over time, often with rather mediocre individual performers (World record holders in the early 90's).
Oct. 5, 2015
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Indeed, Mr. Frank.
Garik Kimovich WeinSTAÏN, not WeinSTEEN ;-)
It's an infuriating habit of English-speaking people to “steenify the Steins”.
When I hear Seirawan (who should know better) talk about David BronSTEEN, I feel like biting him ^^
Oct. 5, 2015
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I'm afraid I can't see your point, Mr. Lessard. Firstly, there can be no comparison between the mild US bridge dominance and the hand of steel with which USSR used to rule the chess world. Surely, adding one or two Soviet teams would have been absolutely fascinating and thrilling.
Who's gonna win? USSR1, 2 or 3? And in which order?
How dared FIDE deprive us of such exciting moments??
And I'm sure the other countries would have been delighted to lose their chance to win a medal!

But for the Haifa boycott,USSR only failed to win an Olympiad in 1978 (Hungary won). AFAIK, Italy, France, Netherlands, Iceland, Norway, etc. have won the Bermuda Bowl. It's a pretty select club, but more like the football World Cup winners club.

Now of course, it's much more interesting to follow the Chess Olympiads since the late 90's, but I still can't see the link with USA1 and 2. Yeah, removing a US team would bring a much weaker team in contention. So what? It's not about enhancing the field, it's about all qualified countries having the same theoretical chance to win, i.e one.
Oct. 4, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Oct. 5, 2015
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Believe me, you won't find a fiercer detractor of the Monaco farce in the whole galaxy! As for your final question, my answer is yes. Ryan Giggs and Gareth Bale are Welsh, not a good omen if You wanna win the World Cup. Too bad.

Zimmermann is Swiss. Too bad…
Oct. 4, 2015
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Zonal teams…that's why Demuy is allowed to play for USA2 then? Now explain me how you Can field a zonal team if the qualifying process implies a championship played by national teams?
Oct. 4, 2015
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There are more top pairs/players/teams in the USA than in any other country in the world. That's plain fact and no one in their right mind would deny it.
Whether this warrants the fact that USA gets two teams is quite a different story. The BB is a tournament played by national teams and USA is the one country getting two teams. AFAIK, this is an absolutely unique situation.
The arguments of the “pro-2” are, I'm sorry to say, pretty lame.
We have the “number of registered players” argument. Yeah well, proportionally there are way more players in France, not to speak of the Netherlands! And judging by the chess situation, Iceland might well outplay us all…

We have the law-happy stance adopted by Mr. Kopera: “Zone blahblah has decided that blahblah and Zone blahblah or blahblah could do the same” Yeah, good luck with that when a zone comprises of three countries and the other one of forty-seven (maybe not that many, that's just the number of European countries).

Not very convincing…

What would be wrong with a biennial Panamerican Championship played on even years and granting x spots for the BB? Basically the same qualifying process as in Europe, though I understand that there might “geographical issues ”.
Indeed it's a long way from Toronto to Asuncion…

P.S : Oh yeah and please no more Guadeloupe.
Oct. 4, 2015
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Well anyway they drop the baton every other race ^^
Oct. 4, 2015
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So let's put it another way, Richard. Say Justin G. gets caught again on the day before the 4x100 finals. Withdrawal or another guy running ? Odds are not even close to 50/50 IM, and we would definitely hear : “Gimme a break, they would have reached the finals anyway, even with Smith or Murphy hopping on one leg instead of G. ”
Oct. 4, 2015
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Must be the rugby shock
Oct. 4, 2015
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Now that's a powerful metaphor :-)
Oct. 3, 2015
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That's not an answer to my question.
And yes, in a way, Germany and Israel are fools.

Monaco is a special case, it's not a national team but an artificial multinational micro-company. Having two Norwegians, two Italians, a Frenchman and a Swiss playing for Monaco is the ultimate farce, but I don't remember anyone raising an eyebrow about it…
Anyway, that's another topic.
Oct. 3, 2015
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I'd like to ask a question to the “Poland should do (have done?) the right thing” die-hards.

Let's imagine that, two months before the start of a football World Cup, a German or Italian (or from whichever country having secured a berth) player get caught for doping. Of course (or there would be no story), that player would have been involved in the qualifying process.
Do you SERIOUSLY believe the DFB or the Federcalcio would withdraw their national team from the World Cup? Well, they'd expel the culprit from the national team, choose an appropriate substitute and say “See you in two months”.
Get real, that's just the way things go…
Oct. 3, 2015
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For obvious reasons I won't support Poland in their QF match.
But should they prevail, I'd like them to win the Bowl…for the sheer fun of following the debates on BW!
Oct. 3, 2015
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Why are they called the Racecars?
Is it a joke based on Bugatti and Lamborghini?
Oct. 3, 2015
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Sweden back from the dead!

And 5 out of 6 for the “continent with irrelevant borders” © JF
Oct. 3, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Oct. 3, 2015
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Maybe we all should ask King Harald to ennoble Mr. Brogeland :-)
Oct. 1, 2015
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Dans les dents…
Sept. 28, 2015
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Nevermind. A German cousin of mine by the name of…Oliver used to call me Oliver too. I eventually had to dispose of him, but it went swiftly and painlessly :-)
Sept. 27, 2015
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