Yes, The Tata Steel Chess Tournament started, per usual over the weekend. Ivan Sokolov drew a tough one against Hikaru Nakamura and summed up his emotions and the game pretty succinctly. And brilliantly.
I have been watching the classic now for the last four years and consider myself a devoted follower of the event. As I live in the U.S. and my work schedule does not permit me to travel to London to watch the matches in person, I watch them via the online coverage, which is excellent by the way. Stephen and Trent are amazing, they all are. But to the point, I have wanted a London Chess Classic Poster-something official poster size- since the first classic but cannot locate one anywhere. Several questions: Is it possible to buy an official London Chess Classic poster? How much would it cost? Can it be shipped to Indiana or Ohio, USA?
A suggestion: If the posters are not available, please consider making them so. I can see there being a receptive audience for London Chess Classic merchandise.
Congratulations to MD Redbirds. A great season capped off by a resounding victory over my Sarkozy Hammes. Until next year!
Per Evan’s request:
First, my apologies to Kate and Ally; I don’t have their email addresses saved (which is best for all considering the phishing scams that emit from my hotmail) or I would have sent this email to them as well.
As everyone knows, we’ve been through 26 weeks of trench warfare; fantasy style. And Krammes can attest, for which I’ve already got a signed affidavit from him stating so, that Fantasy Baseball this year was more grueling than a trek through the Tora Bora’s armed with a notepad and audio-recorder while sustaining Taliban (or Pakistan) gun fire. Yeah, it was that intense.
It was a great season. A hardy congratulations is due to the champion of the first ever National League Centralish Division: Jerrod’ MD Redbirds. He finished the season with the most overall points scored and beat my own squad for the victory. It was a thrashing really. I’ve included a screen cap. It was an expertly managed ball-club. His pick selections were timely, always, very well thought out, and up to date. He lost a lot of players and made due. The sign of a true fantasy champion.
He will most likely get a personalized screen-printed t-shirt for his valiant effort.