The ennui of champions

[For Yermolinski] winning the U.S. Open in a six-way tie is no big deal. “I have nothing to add to my titles. I won this tournament four times,” he adds, noting that in 1995, 1997 and 2000 he won the event outright.

as reported on uschess.org.

Ah yes. It is the irony of success: Once you have reached your goals, what is left to achieve?

Alexander the Great, having conquered everything, sat down and wept for the prospect of overwhelming boredom.

Aspiring pop-queen Alanis Morissette (a longtime supporter of this blog), having scorched the charts with Jagged Little Pill in the mid-90s, flew to India to find balance in yoga and meditation.

Donnie of Liquid Egg Product, first among equals at the Houston Open, now wallows in the same un-directed-ness that consumed me after I tied for first (with four-year-old Chris “The Bear” Williams!) in the Class A section of the New England Open in 1946 (or was it 2004?).

Once you have won everything, really, what next?

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4 thoughts on “The ennui of champions

  1. My college philosophy professor used to call the Durham/Chapel Hill/Raleigh/Winston-Salem area the “Parallelogram of Ennui” (instead of the “Research Triangle”). Maybe it was your time spent at UNC instead of your first place tie with the Bear?

    LEP — Congrats on your victory at the Houston Open. Your post on Alexander Yang is comedy gold.

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