So this big chess festival is unusual because you compete in four-man teams. And every team gives itself a name. And there’s a contest (voting by applause) for Best Name.
And every year a bunch of teams name themselves after 1) a current news event or 2) a current Oscar-nominated movie, typically weaving it into some lame chess pun. Tackiness and innuendo are popular.
Hence names like Dick Cheney Attack – Bird Variation (after the hunting incident), or a thousand variations on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Sicilian Dragon (hardee har) and Brokeback Mountain, and Britney Spears jokes, depending on the year.
Which means that in this year, I predict the following memes will be common:
Barack Checkmates Clinton (or vice versa, or Huckabee Mates Romney, or whatever)
Barack-Rank Mate (I’d almost bet money somebody uses this one)
Something about Bobby Fischer’s Endgame or Last Move.
Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana puns (probably with outfits for the Best Promotional Gimmick contest)
Last year in the final round, we played a team named “I Don’t Care.” It was a chess coach and three teen students. The coach said in the week leading up to the tourney, he kept asking his teenage teammates what name they wanted to use ….