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Holiday diversions: Chess, biathlon … any curling?

This is the time of year in which work productivity is minimal, traffic and weather can be too much to bear, and the yule log is sometimes the highlight of the TV programming.

SportsMyriad sadly cannot be your all-inclusive guide to everything interesting on TV. For one thing, we don’t know what you like. But we can offer up a few items of interest if you need a December diversion aside from the mountains of soccer still available on FSC, GolTV and ESPN3:

Chess: FIDE can’t get the world’s best players to agree on a world championship format, but several of them have turned up in the London Chess Classic: world champ Vishy Anand, world #1 Magnus Carlsen, former world champ Vladimir Kramnik, top American Hikaru Nakamura and four English players who were once or might be contenders. Carlsen lost on the first day, while Nakamura held off Anand. The fun part: They use soccer’s scoring system — 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw. Neat thing to try in a competition that often sees too much caution. Check the Day 1 recap, check each game in progress at Susan Polgar’s blog, and get live commentary (or witty dissection, if Nigel Short is involved) on the official site.

Biathlon: Weekend sprint, pursuit and relays — unfortunately, the “late” race each day is at 8:15 a.m. ET. Live on the official site.

Other Olympic sports: Universal Sports has figure skating’s Grand Prix final, rugby sevens, Alpine skiing and a few other events — some pay-per-view, some free.

I have not, however, been able to find any televised curling. Can’t have everything.

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