Chess and doping


Chess and doping

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Thibault de Vassal    (2008-12-02)
Chess and doping

"According to the Russian totally non-free chess journalist Yuri Vasiliev (fortunately not the most reliable one whom we know for bringing up the ghost of Alexander Chernenko) Ilyumzhinov has already stated that Vasily Ivanchuk might get severely sanctioned for the doping test refusal after his game against Gata Kamsky." (Alexei Shirov, Riga)

A direct attack from Shirov to FIDE & Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on chess laws and -of course- the World Championship system.

Any opinion ?

Andrew Stephenson    (2008-12-02 16:21:04)
Drugs in chess

I have read views of players who claimed that there are prescription drugs (eg modafinil) that enhance concentration and thus performance in chess tournaments - significant improvement but not dramatic. However even small improvements could prove extremely useful at the top levels. Of course no one would ever admit it but I assume if there is some effectiveness then some top players will definitely be taking them. Drug testing at the higher levels is quite reasonable if chess is seeking olympic status.

Don Groves    (2008-12-02 23:09:05)
Speaking of doping

Lance Armstrong says he will ride in next year's Tour de France. Gives the judges one more chance to catch him doping ;-)

Rodolfo d Ettorre    (2008-12-03 00:22:53)
More Doping

Lasker use to smoke cigars during a chess game and karpov used Yogurt, which contains the bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus. New studies seem to indicate that that bacteria may enhance concentration.

Andrew Stephenson    (2008-12-03 05:33:42)
Mix the yoghurt...

..with coffee and get double the effect although I suppose the heat will kill the bacteria :):)