Good Lord, "resurgence". Good God, "Worldwide coverage". Actually the piece goes on to claim that the freak show
accumulated a live audience of over 35,000the meaning of which is obscure to me and may for all I know be obscure to the writer too. If however it means that 35,000 people have been to watch the show since 2008, that's actually quite a poor return for eight years' worth of shows and "worldwide coverage", you'd have thought.
If it doesn't mean that, what does it mean? And where is the figure sourced from - or should I say, from whom?
Back in 2008 Chessbase was trying to tell us that
chessboxing is fast becoming a world-wide phenomenon, overtaking chess in the number of spectators it can attract.Looks like it's still got some work to do, since the second of our tosh selections (via Christopher Kreuzer) features yet another contribution to the ever-lengthening list of ludicrous exaggerations of the number of chess players in the world.
This one is relatively modest by the standard of the genre
but I guess there's time to add another 100-105 million to the tally before the tournament starts next month.