For all you Googlers looking for the final standings, try here. It hasn’t been updated yet as of this posting. I do know that two teams with perfect scores faced off in the final round, one of them being the Izoria GM lineup. (Booooo!) UPDATE: Polly says the GMs won.
Michael Goeller’s blog has a debate over the stacked lineup. (Many people on the internet seem to have very poor debating skills. You probably noticed that before.)
The redoubtable Elizabeth Vicary has a photo gallery on the USCF site.
I’ll link to the official USCF crosstable when it’s posted.
As for Simple Minds, the big charge of this year was watching Denys play on first board. Strange chess, often over my head. In round five he DEMOLISHED a 2200 in a Slav. Then in round six he went all bug-eyed and walked his queen into a trap, trading it for a rook and four pawns. In the opening. Perhaps the weirdest material imbalance I’ve ever seen in a competitive game – and it was competitive indeed, as he was still grinding away when I gave up and started mushing the dogs for points North. The situation was that his 2250 opponent had a queen and two kingside pawns, and Denys had R, B and four queenside pawns. Greg K thinks Denys was winning. I’m not even going to hazard a guess.
The comraderie of team play is unlike anything else in chess. A blast as always. I’ll be back next year…