As a partial antidote and brief respite to the endless flood of bad news from Wall Street and sheer insanity from Washington, I offer the following tidbit from the London Daily Mail,
She won the Women's World Chess Championship 2008 yesterday, beating the Chinese prodigy Hou Yifan in the final.Russian. Gorgeous. Brainy. What's not to like?
A Grandmaster at 14, she trained by playing games blindfold at the age of five.
[Full story here.]