Official USATE 2008 team name prediction thread

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 ….

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12 thoughts on “Official USATE 2008 team name prediction thread

  1. I proposed “Putin on the Blitz.”

    My all-time favorite is “Korchnoi’s Complaints.”

    -Matt

    P.S. I’m leaving work right now to take a train home, then leaving from there at around 4. It’s happenin’!!

  2. “Korchnoi’s Complaints” was brilliant. Way too highbrow to win a prize though.

    My favorite use of chess lingo was “I’ll Have a Benoni Saemisch and a Caissa Falkbeer”.

    My favorite team name we’ve played against was “There’s No I in Idiot”.

  3. bravo et al! Korchnois complaints, too!

    … funny, off from work–am home sick–and had a long hot back, and was adding to your post (in my head, writing the next parts: the next post about Derek, in the Proleomega Series), come to sit there, and here you are after my ‘long think’ :)

    i feel the pressure to perform commensurate with your level of human essence. dk

  4. I hope you find time to give some USATE updates this weekend

    Any crushing wins? Brilliant combinations? Any chess celebrity sightings?

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  6. Hey,
    I am on staff at the USATE and we were trying to remember past winning team names. I was wondering if you could help.
    Thanks,
    Roger Inglis

    1. Hi Roger – I don’t think they won but three of my all-time favorites were
      “I’ll have a caissa falkbeer and a benoni saemisch” and
      “Britney Spears offers no draws” and
      “There’s no ‘I’ in idiot”

      I’ll look through my past posts and find the winners I did record. (After the tourney’s over.)

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