I few tidbits I've been sent recently from the chess world's greasy area behind the stove.
Ever-entertaining GM Jan Timman sounds off in a can't-miss interview with a major Dutch paper. You don't need to read Dutch to understand the headline. You can also make due with the Google translation for the yin of the zin. In summary: Nice to have unified title, too bad Anand is boring. The FIDE knock-out events were jokes. My 1993 FIDE title match with Karpov was a joke. Kasparov caused problems but at least he put butts in the seats. We're all waiting for Carlsen to take over and save us. Ilyumzhinov is a crook with poor listening skills. It was a pity Bessel Kok didn't win the FIDE presidency. The new Dutch players couldn't carry my wine supply. van Wely is a joke.
Edward Labate would like the world to know the result of the legal brouhaha he got into with sleazebag (my word, not Labate's, whose words are far stronger) Ed Trice. This was related to the "61 Memorable Games" Fischer ripoff book I called shenanigans on last December.
From the "more things change..." sub-dept. comes an amusing report on originality-challenged UK GM Ray Keene, once again in the pages of Private Eye. It's gotten to the point that you feel left out if Keene hasn't swiped some of your material over the years. Geoff Chandler brings the goods at the Chess Edinburgh site and links to bonus info at the Streatham & Brixton Chess Club site.