BCM: Russian Team Championship 2008

Pág. 248 de The British Chess Magazine, mayo 2008. El autor ve en el campeonato ruso por equipos de este año una reminiscencia de la época de los campeonatos soviéticos. Pero no sé porqué se me viene a la cabeza la posibilidad de ir jugando distintos campeonatos nacionales que permite la actual normativa:

The truth, of course, is that if you wave enough hard currency under the nose of professional players, they will play chess almost anywhere. Gens una sumus indeed – if the price is right.

Esto es mejor. El equipo de Tomsk multado, supongo que por su propio club y no por la organización, por irse de fiesta:

Things came to a head in round seven when Tomsk was drubbed 0,5-5,5 by TPS Saransk. It later emerged that they had been fined the princely sum of 1,000 rubles for “breaching sporting discipline”. This was another reminder of the ‘good old days’. Inveterate Russian-watcher Bernard Cafferty informs us that this was a typical euphemism in Soviet times when sportmen were punished for drunknness. But before anyone is minded to start a whip-round for the impoverished grandmasters of Tomsk, we should point out that 1,000 roubles equates to about $40 (30€). Even the magnitude of the sports fines had the whiff of the Soviet era about them.

Treinta euros a treinta euros algunos clubes que conozco montaban un equipo ganador incluso para la liga rusa 😀