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Der Spiegel on Ivanchuk 'Doping Scandal'

Der Spiegel on Ivanchuk 'Doping Scandal'

Dec 14, 2008, 12:15 AM 2

It seems that chess only hits the headlines when there's a scandal or controversy of some sort.  The popular German weekly magazine Der Spiegel has published a story on the Ivanchuk 'Doping Scandal' - English translation here.

It's a good summary of the incident and an amusing introduction to 'Planet Ivanchuk', but did they really have to use a picture that shows him picking his nose?

Personally, I don't know a great deal about the drugs that may allegedly be of benefit to chess players, but I do know that the only reason for the drugs tests taking place at all is the absurd FIDE idea that chess could be in the Olympic Games.

I love chess, but it's NOT an Olympic sport any more than Bridge, Poker, Darts, Snooker, Pool etc...

I just hope FIDE isn't dumb enough to ban Chucky just for being upset after a game.

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