This is for my American readers - at least those who are football fans and who just watched the New England Patriots lose to the Indianapolis Colts 35-34. Belichik's questionable, nearly brain-dead decisions late in the game proved something we chess players know all too well. Still, sometimes a reminder is in order: it's almost never too late to blow a game, and that's true not only of football but chess as well. (I hope none of my readers had to learn this the hard way this past weekend!)
The smart person learns from others' mistakes, and tonight we got to see some world-class blunders.
Football haters, fear not: we'll resume normal service with the next post.