Jun 15, 2006
World Cup Analysis
From this week's game between France and Switzerland:
Hilary: ...the French defense rocks.
Phil: True, but that's because they're not wasting any energy on offense.
A couple of other notes on the French defense:
1. Did any chess-playing blog reader ever learn how to play the French defense (pictured here*)? If so, why? Why would anyone playing black begin a game with an act of self-constipation?
2. Joke (which I should have posted in the blog of just punchlines) --
Q: How many Frenchmen does it take to defend Paris?
A: [in French accent] Nobody knows!
*image yoinked from some Geocities/Japan site.
The analysis I'm hearing here (for the French lost to the Swiss) is that many of the French players are about to retire, and have accumulated large personal fortunes in Swiss banks. Knowing that they are bound to win their next three games, the French players did the smart thing.
Posted by: Dave | Jun 15, 2006 11:26:28 AM