In theory I am going to New Jersey for the annual US Amateur Team Chess Thingie again in February.
This year is unusual in several respects.
One, our team is not fully constituted. Last year we were locked and loaded with senior masters on boards one and two.
Two, I am completely unprepared. Completely. Chess just hasn’t fit into the schedule for the past 6-8 months.
Three, here’s the fun part. Tuesday before the event, I fly to San Fransisco for the annual RSA security conference. Thursday night, I go to a gym with several seasoned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners to “roll” for the first time ever. This should be a blast; hopefully I won’t get hurt. Friday morning I get up very very early, fly to Boston, go home and take a nap, then drive to Parsippany.
And then I play for fun. Because that’s what I do – I’m a chessplayer.