One of the greatest advantages of avoiding news is that it also helps avoid politics. Needless to say a keen political interest is a horrendous waste of time and energy that could more profitably be devoted to the endgame. Plus it’s very easy to antagonise people if you’re at all political and as a result your federation may be reluctant to send you to representative events.
So what’s the best attitude to adopt? Simply one of smiling sweetly, being friendly to everyone and saving one’s energy for the moves. And it is with great regret that I have to report that I never managed to do this.
Anyway, here’s an interesting Australian documentary of the FIDE President, Kirsan Ilymzhinov. And although many people seem not to like him he does seem to be a fascinating fellow.