Uumm..well, OK, at least GM Tigran Petrosian thought it funny.
Anyway, an excellent showing by Aronian in the end by overcoming his Norwegian opponent, though I'm sure the Armenian number one can definitely thank his young gorgeous companion. Under such trying conditions it's always nice to have a woman's encouragement. And we Australians can be truly proud that one of our own played an indubitably crucial role. Surprisingly - even amidst all that tension in Elista - the young lass did find time to email yours truly last week. I won't say what she asked. It's a secret.
(Christ, I must still be hungover from the vino festival yesterday).
Moving on, here's a quick favour to our pals in the state association. This coming weekend is the annual Queen's Birthday NSW Open. If you haven't signed up, make sure you take the time to fill in the form.
So why be so warm to the NSWCA? Well, you know, it's winter and there's that certain Canberra organiser who made me feel a bit nervous. And I don't like these women making me feel nervous. She said:
As a former administrator for more than 20 years across multiple sports I'll just lend my support to those trying to make a move forward as opposed to those who want to throw sh*t for absolutely no good reason other than that they can.
Now I know that wasn't fired at me, but do you think I throw shit? Seriously, c'mon!