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A shocking development

Having been an active member of the US Chess scene for many years, as a player of many different levels throughout my life, I've definitely come to notice those who inspire us and make the biggest contributions to our community. There are many big names on the list, though few would argue that two of the biggest are Hikaru Nakamura, the strongest player in the US and consistently in the top 10 and ever-popular with his entertaining and dynamic play, and Susan Polgar, who has brought so many strong foreigners to our community with all of her philanthropic work at Webster University and organizes some really great tournaments. However, I got to thinking, with these two people being such active members of the US Chess scene and frequently making such amazing contributions, why is it that I have never seen them in the same place, or even a picture of them together? Why has Naka never played in any of the very formidable SPICE cups? And why did Susan, a strong grandmaster, give up on her playing career at precisely the same time Naka started playing? And how did Naka get to GM level so quickly? It took me a long time, but just as Lois Lane once realized that Clark Kent was never there to witness superman save the world, I came to a shocking revelation...

 

 

Anyone see any similarities? Of course any two players can play a similar game, but when I looked over some old photos of previous US Championships, I found one that put the matter beyond all doubt, taken from the decisive 9th round game of the 2009 edition.

With this incredible development sure to shock the chess world, a lot of questions now need to be asked. I'll leave it up to my readers to figure out all the other massive ramifications that will come from this, of which there are many.

Comments


  • 5 months ago

    zenomorphy

    ;') Thanks Melvinbluestone :)!

  • 5 months ago

    elindauer

    Haha, nice work Sam.

    @miguelpaley: the with the idea part is implied.  Sam's usage is a common phrase, he has it right.

  • 5 months ago

    melvinbluestone

    Holy smokes! So, Aronian and Ftacnik are one and the same person!! Who'd a thunk it? But then......wait a minute! Who was that in Khanty-Mansiysk??

    @zenomorphy: "man hands"........ still laughing!Laughing

  • 5 months ago

    darth_rainbow

    7/10

  • 5 months ago

    NM Ty_Twadd

    Sukaru Polgamura

  • 5 months ago

    NM Ty_Twadd

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  • 5 months ago

    Wolfemonster

    this has changed my life, and, indeed, I will have to rethink my entire world-view in light of these discoveries.

  • 5 months ago

    MiguelPaley

    "...though few would argue that two of the biggest are Hikaru Nakamura, ... and Susan Polgar, ..." I think you mean the opposite of what you're saying here, as you are in fact arguing for this very fact in the clauses that follow the players' names. Probably meant something like 'few would argue against the idea that...' or 'few would argue against the thought that...' etc.

    Pardon the nitpicking...

  • 5 months ago

    CheKnight

    lulz...  He/She looks good in the pic.

  • 5 months ago

    tpe09222012

    As far as I'm concerned, that last photo was damn near a smoking gun. Hear, hear.

  • 5 months ago

    Abhishek2

    nice April fools joke lol

  • 5 months ago

    D_Ostwald

    :)

  • 5 months ago

    zenomorphy

    Shanky's Sam-Ford travels, ...part deux, ...from the vaca photo journal ;'). A fortuitous find! At last, the clouds part to show the true sky, ...falling :).

  • 5 months ago

    zenomorphy

    Lol! Sam..., Lazlo would not be pleased. GM Josh Friedel is quite clearly repulsed by the apparent "man hands".

  • 5 months ago

    YtterbiJum

    In other news, both Susan Polgar and Hikaru Nakamura have been revealed to actually be Bobby Fischer.

  • 5 months ago

    jethro_007

    Look up in the sky, its a bird, its a plane, it April Fools day.  lol

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