T minus 1 hour til kickoff of the US Amateur Team East tournament.
Incredibly, our team (The Shmelov Sox) won’t be starting out behind the ropes, even with a team rating of 2193! Just on the pre-registration list posted in the lobby, there are nine higher-rated teams. And only 9 boards behind the ropes.
Semi-regular, semi-coherent updates to follow, probably including semi-unflattering observations about chess culture and New Jersey.
Here’s last year’s wrapup to tide you over.