dag in dag uit. Gelukkig komt er voor mij een einde aan morgen want dan vertrek ik naar Thailand voor een maand.
Ook anderen valt het op dat het Nederlandse klimaat erg somber is in de winter getuige deze schaker:
Alexander Grischuk recently commented during the last round of the European Team Championship that he’d “lifetime banned” himself from the tournament, citing the weather as well as the fact the tournament has stuck to the older model of paying players for turning up rather than putting significant money into prizes. Grischuk had also commented in the past about the time advantage he gave his opponents because of the long trek to get outside and smoke and back. Another smoker, Vladimir Kramnik, told Vlad Tkachiev six years ago in a WhyChess interview:
For me winter is a difficult period. For example, I always play in Wijk aan Zee, and it always goes badly, while correspondingly I play well in Dortmund. In winter I simply don’t get enough daylight. I go to sleep and get up very late, and at Wijk aan Zee I have the impression I don’t see daylight at all. So there are perfectly rational reasons to explain it.