which is curious both for what it says and what it doesn't say.
The what-it-doesn't-say curiosity is that Damore has previously made some large claims for his chessplaying abilities that don't stand up, notably that he achieved the title of FIDE Master. As this claim was patently false, when challenged on it he was obliged to make more unikely claims
for instance that he had held a FIDE rating of 2205 - most unlikely for a player for whom there appear to be no extant games - and that he hadn't "maintained my FIDE membership", which doesn't even make sense since there is no such thing for individuals.
After this nonsense - ably taken apart by Greg Shahade in August - I didn't expect to see any further reference to James Damore's stellar chess career.
Well to be honest, I wasn't expecting to see any more of James Damore either, but here he is, in the Guardian, which is happy to retail claims like
He also discovered chess. Within a year he was able to compete in four games of chess simultaneously while wearing a blindfold.This is not easy to believe, for at least three reasons:
1. it's a very hard thing to do ;
2. you'd have thought he might have mentioned such a feat before now ;
3. the man telling you this is a proven liar.
So you'd maybe expect the interviewer to ask for some evidence to back up the story before retailing it as fact.
Did he? I've no reason to think so. At least, I've asked the chap, on Twitter and by email, and if I ever get a reply I'll let you know.
Pending that, isn't Greg's question:
Can We Stop Listening To Liars Please?rather a good one?