Brag: Potential Grischuk number of 2!
You're probably familiar with the concept of Bacon Number. If someone has acted in a film with Kevin Bacon, they have a Bacon number of 1. If they have co-starred with someone with a number of 1, they have a number of 2, and so on. The same concept has been applied to mathematics (Erdos number) and chess (Kasparov number). At the moment, my Kasparov number goes through a complicated route involving a member of the Welsh women's Olympic team, but excitingly this could be about to change!
In round 1 of the upcoming Fide World Cup, IM Igor Bjelobrk will play against Alexander Grischuk. Now my brag is that I have (probably) beaten Bjelobrk in a blitz game in 1997 (admittedly this is before he got good). We also played a tournament game which ended in a draw. We also played a bunch of blitz games and I don't recall losing them all, although he was the stronger player. Now if only he could beat Grischuk (who has undoubtedly beaten Kasparov) I'd be set!
Even a draw would be OK. By the same twisted logic, that would put me on a par with GK, as Grischuk has undoubtedly drawn with him in the past. All I can say is: Good luck Igor!