#377

The Times, April 2, 2018

This has just been shovelled through on autopilot – and a rotten autopilot at that. How can the Fischer-Spassky rivalry be a metaphor for the Cold War unless you say that Spassky is Russian? Similarly, how can you say Kramnik and Kasparov are compatriots without saying which country they come from (Russia)? And when someone has a distinctly Italian-sounding name, it would be interesting to say that Fabiano Caruano is Italian-American, and that he played for Italy from 2005 to 2015 when he switched allegiance to the US. (I didn’t know this stuff, but it was simplicity itself to find it.)

I’ve just noticed that in the fourth par it says that Caruano will challenge the ‘world champion’ Carlsen for his ‘world title’. I give up.

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