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Where are you?

The poll result shows that almost three quarters of you are not following the Women’s World Championship. I would ask you who you think will win, but if most of you are not following it, you are probably not bothered. Perhaps Hou Yifan’s absence devalues the event in your eyes?

The next question involves my geographical curiosity: Where are you?

For the poll answers I have split the planet up into a few bite-sized chunks. As we are mainly an English-language publisher, it would make sense if most blog readers here were from the British Isles (for non-locals, that includes the UK and Ireland) and North America. But I am sure there is some variety.

If you like, feel free to give a more detailed location in comments. But if ‘Antarctica’ and ‘Other’ get a lot of votes, then I’ll be very suspicious.

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  1. slavof
    February 13th, 2017 at 18:08 | #1

    I think that English become rather universal language mainly because of computers and internet, and almost any chess player who goes for tournament (or for vacation) abroad knows at least a little English. So I would consider Quality Chess rather a global than a local (i.e. British) chess publisher.

    It would make sense, imho, to more subdivide “Rest of Europe” and include Russia.


  2. An Ordinary Chessplayer
    February 13th, 2017 at 19:14 | #2

    @slavof Maybe Russia won’t mind so much once they realize that China is in “Rest of Asia”. Meanwhile, I am trying to figure out which part of Africa is not in “Rest of Africa”. In another topic it was asked “what makes evil evil”? Whoever made up these poll answers knows quite well.

    February 13th, 2017 at 20:40 | #3


  4. Gollum
    February 13th, 2017 at 20:54 | #4


    I would guess based on the level of the chess in UK and USA that rest of europe is going to win easily, even without taking Russia into account.

  5. chess25652
    February 14th, 2017 at 04:33 | #5

    What region would be described as “other”?

  6. Remco G
    February 14th, 2017 at 08:38 | #6

    Ships out on the ocean? I would get so much of Yusupov done if I worked on some cargo ship.

  7. Ray
    February 14th, 2017 at 09:07 | #7

    @ chess25652

    Australia? Or otherwise the Moon?

  8. Thomas
    February 14th, 2017 at 10:29 | #8


  9. John Shaw
    February 14th, 2017 at 10:36 | #9

    An Ordinary Chessplayer :
    @slavof Meanwhile, I am trying to figure out which part of Africa is not in “Rest of Africa”.

    I was hoping someone would ask that. The usual definition of the Middle East includes Egypt.

  10. chris
    February 14th, 2017 at 11:48 | #10

    I think the ones pretending to be in antarctica are “alternative” users 🙂

  11. augst
    February 14th, 2017 at 13:53 | #11

    Unluckily an Indian from PoK 🙁

  12. Neimerc
    February 14th, 2017 at 14:25 | #12


  13. An Ordinary Chessplayer
    February 14th, 2017 at 14:27 | #13

    @John Shaw
    I know that Egypt could be both/either Middle East and/or Africa. But are you saying Middle East or Rest of Africa is the choice? It’s even more puzzling than before.

  14. RYV
    February 14th, 2017 at 14:53 | #14

    As I remember, England voted for brexit. They are no more part of Europe.
    British isle on one side and Europe and the other side is more appropriate than rest of Europe, don’t you think so?

  15. The Lurker
    February 14th, 2017 at 17:48 | #15

    Be thankful the choices weren’t “British Isles”, “Former Colonies” and “Rest of World”!

  16. John Shaw
    February 14th, 2017 at 18:10 | #16

    @An Ordinary Chessplayer
    If you’re in Egypt, vote Middle East. If you are in any other African country, vote Rest of Africa.

    It gets messy if you are in Turkey: it could be Middle East, Rest of Europe or Rest of Asia.

  17. Pinpon
    February 14th, 2017 at 18:32 | #17

    Does ” Other ” include Arctica or wannabe tax havens ?

  18. Topnotch
    February 14th, 2017 at 23:29 | #18

    I didn’t vote as I was offended by the Poll’s omission of the Caribbean and by the general trivialisation that a category such as Other implies.

    The world is divided up into five Continental Regions: Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania and The Americas. The Poll should have reflected this, and added perhaps a sixth option labelled Sub-Region which would encompass all countries and areas that make up the five listed regions, and in that way you would avoid the appearance of relegating or diminishing any one country.

  19. The Lurker
    February 15th, 2017 at 04:36 | #19

    Just because you’re such a crybaby:

    British Isles
    Former Colonies
    Rest of World That Matters
    The Caribbean

  20. Thomas
    February 15th, 2017 at 05:37 | #20

    >>>I was offended by the Poll’s omission of the Caribbean <<<

    Yes indeed! Where is Tortuga? Cutthroat Island? Hawaii?

  21. Ray
    February 15th, 2017 at 07:09 | #21

    I think the poll should have included every nation on earth as a separate entry 🙂

    By the way, I live in The Netherlands, on its way to become the second greatest country in the world after the US.

  22. The Lurker
    February 16th, 2017 at 18:31 | #22

    Don’t worry, Ray, I’m sure that if Wilders wins, there will be plenty of sanctuary cities here in the US that will take you. 😉

  23. Topnotch
    February 17th, 2017 at 03:24 | #23

    Ok, ok, enough of the inane mocking. Let’s get back to our usual musings shall we, i.e. contemplating our collective navel’s, while we impatiently await what new releases will actually match the Publishing Schedule. On that note, I propose the posting of a quiz to guess what date (excluding year – hopefully not necessary) Playing 1.e4 volume 2 goes to print with the winner or winners coming closest getting a free copy of the book.

    What say you, any seconders?

  24. Pinpon
    February 17th, 2017 at 12:00 | #24

    Have you heard of Zealandia ?

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