In his latest blog post, GM Ian Rogers metions that even WaPo has sent in a journo to cover the match in Elista. That journalist must be Peter Finn.
Mr Finn today has a piece in his paper on the FIDE president. If you are reasonably up-to-date on Kirsan's affairs, you'll probably not learn anything new. I have read somewhere before this little detail about Kirsan's close encounter with the third kind, but I don't know the original source. Was it in some book? All pointers welcome.
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