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US Grandmasters withdraw from World Chess championships.


LamportsEdge

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"We have taken a difficult decision after many years of competition and wish our former opponents well. Should any teams desire to do so they will be welcomed with open arms into the Liberty Board Championships' inaugural event to be held in Miami in November of next year." Spokesperson Charlette Whuhihimes on behalf of the Board of US Grandmasters which is voluntarily dissolving post their final AGM in Chicago this weekend.

Tensions have been growing in the sport and the US Grandmaster's departure has been suggested in the sports pages of European and Asia-Pacific newspapers over the past three weeks. The decision has shocked many among in the usually staid sport's followers around the world.

"We don't play chess anymore," commented Taibi Bellos of Grand Rapids, Idaho. "The game's heritage is not something that can be ignored. We don't play games associated with terrorism or terrorist countries." Bellos, 54, held up a picture of the new Liberty Board at the launch of the World Liberty Board Association at a press conference in Chigaco's Hyatt Hotel.

WLBA's spokesman refused to answer any questions around rule variations or observations made by members of the media that there appeared to be the same number of squares on the Liberty Board as there were on the traditional chess set. Or respond to questions around the official colours of the Liberty pieces- red and blue rather than the customary black and white.

Aideen White, 74, snapped 'goddamn right' when a Swedish reporter asked her for her views on the origins of chess in Asia. "The Iranians are too chicken to play American football. Why should we play their games?"
 


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"We have taken a difficult decision after many years of competition and wish our former opponents well. Should any teams desire to do so they will be welcomed with open arms into the Liberty Board Championships' inaugural event to be held in Miami in November of next year." Spokesperson Charlette Whuhihimes on behalf of the Board of US Grandmasters which is voluntarily dissolving post their final AGM in Chicago this weekend.

Tensions have been growing in the sport and the US Grandmaster's departure has been suggested in the sports pages of European and Asia-Pacific newspapers over the past three weeks. The decision has shocked many among in the usually staid sport's followers around the world.

"We don't play chess anymore," commented Taibi Bellos of Grand Rapids, Idaho. "The game's heritage is not something that can be ignored. We don't play games associated with terrorism or terrorist countries." Bellos, 54, held up a picture of the new Liberty Board at the launch of the World Liberty Board Association at a press conference in Chigaco's Hyatt Hotel.

WLBA's spokesman refused to answer any questions around rule variations or observations made by members of the media that there appeared to be the same number of squares on the Liberty Board as there were on the traditional chess set. Or respond to questions around the official colours of the Liberty pieces- red and blue rather than the customary black and white.

Aideen White, 74, snapped 'goddamn right' when a Swedish reporter asked her for her views on the origins of chess in Asia. "The Iranians are too chicken to play American football. Why should we play their games?"
Talk about taking pettiness to a whole new level.
 

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They never did that well anyway in it did they ? apart from Bobby Fischer AFIK

Edit: Fischer became very anti-American and lost his citizenship....

Yes, extraordinarily petty....
 

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"The Iranians are too chicken to play American football. Why should we play their games?"
Needless to say, she's never been to Iran. If she'd been to one of their wrestling competitions (just good hard fun, as opposed to childish shoulderpadding) she wouldn't come out with that.
 

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Sounds to me like they are pawns in a greater game. As sure as knight follows day they will regret this decision. It will be part of their chequered history in the game. Etc...
 

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America, robbing ideas since its inception.
I love their attempts at rebranding English as English(US), English is now american because we spell colour as color, so there!

Americans, making the world laugh.
 

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Similar to the reasons that The Occupy Movement stopped playing Monopoly...

In a rataliatory gesture Al-Qaeda are no longer playing Twister
 

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They could call it liberty ludo!
 

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Sounds to me like they are pawns in a greater game. As sure as knight follows day they will regret this decision. It will be part of their chequered history in the game. Etc...
"They've pawned their souls" said the Bishop to the Queen!
 

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I have no idea what's going on.
 

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They could call it liberty ludo!
I remember the Freedom Fries and them dumping French wine when they wouldn't vote for them to go into Iraq. They were very anti-French for a while.

The irony is if it wasn't for the French, they'd still be a British Colony....

Damn straight !
 

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firefly123

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I remember the Freedom Fries and them dumping French wine when they wouldn't vote for them to go into Iraq. They were very anti-French for a while.

The irony is if it wasn't for the French, they'd still be a British Colony....

Damn straight !
In fairness I think they settled that particular debt in 1944.
 

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