Unlike last year, I didn’t get to play one. But they are here in force, along with the largest turnout ever (1200ish):
Yudasin, Nakamura, Christiansen, Izoria, Perelshteyn, Dzindzi, Benjamin. I’ll update that with whoever I missed. Ah – Lapshun. No Fed this year?! Strange.
Also there’s this guy here named Shmelov. Looks pretty talented. :)
Small world effect: Our first round opponent was none other than Polly’s team (she of the blog Castling Queenside). That was a pleasant surprise.