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Scholars vs. Intellectuals team match!

  • #1

    Friends, Romans and countrymen of chess.com, I am happy to announce today one of the most monumental team matches in the history of this glorious site - a showdown between the scholars of Troll University and the intellectuals of the Intellectual Chessists Society! Both groups are among the most active and most popular on chess.com, and moreover are known for their intellectual acumen in a variety of fields. TrollU contains some of the most brilliant and fun-loving troll theorists in the history of mankind (and trollkind!), while the ICS devotes its time to rigorous yet innovative chess study for the betterment of the game. A match between these two heavyweights would surely be epic - but who would win? I guess we'll have to wait to find out!

    Now, some basic information on the match. It will begin on Sept. 14, and the time control will be 3 days/move. Members of either of the two groups can join the match at the link below (and those who are not members of either group can also follow it):

    https://www.chess.com/groups/team_match?id=824784 

    (By the way, if you would like to take part in the match but are not currently in one of the groups, it's not too late! Just join the group that you would like to represent at one of the links below.)

    https://www.chess.com/groups/view/the-chesscom-troll-university-trollu

    https://www.chess.com/groups/view/intellectual-chessists-society

    Fans and players alike can also comment on the match in this thread, as long as they do not discuss any ongoing games. All are welcome to participate in this once in a lifetime event, which both TrollU and the ISC hope can be an opportunity to not only promote both groups, but also to generate interest and discussion around the great game of chess. So, now that the tables are set, what are we waiting for? Let's get this party started!

  • #2

    Shouldn't we also do a vote chess?

  • #3

    I'm in both groups...

  • #4

    I'm nervous and excited. 

    This is the big one. The one we have all been waiting for. I expect that Nakamura will pay attention to this one closely. I feel that many new developments in theory will be introduced here. 

  • #5

    Yeah! Let's do this! Troll's word!

    By the way, I hope someone higher rated than me joins, because in our match with the penguins, I'm getting crushed only because I'm playing on the top board. sad.png

  • #6
    aravinds_ll wrote:

    Yeah! Let's do this! Troll's word!

    By the way, I hope someone higher rated than me joins, because in our match with the penguins, I'm getting crushed only because I'm playing on the top board.

    Yeah... sorry for the tough matchup Aravinds. An 1800 joined that match initially for our side, but he left, and so you had to play the top board. The good thing is that we outrate our opponent on all of the other boards though.

  • #7

    Oh boy... 9 people have signed up on our side already! I appreciate the enthusiasm! Vlad, looks like you need to step up your recruiting efforts!

  • #8

    Great. Go Trolls!

  • #9
    macer75 wrote:

    Oh boy... 9 people have signed up on our side already! I appreciate the enthusiasm! Vlad, looks like you need to step up your recruiting efforts!>>>

    I could join the intellectuals to help a bit, although my sympathies are more with trolls, being an intellectual, of course.

     

  • #10
    macer75 wrote:

    Oh boy... 9 people have signed up on our side already! I appreciate the enthusiasm! Vlad, looks like you need to step up your recruiting efforts!

    September 14 is still nearly a fortnight away. My men will be ready. 

  • #11

    Never underestimate the Intellectuals...

  • #12

    Darn. I don't think I qualify for either side. But I'll be watching and cheering you on! 

  • #13
    Heather_Stephens wrote:

    Darn. I don't think I qualify for either side. But I'll be watching and cheering you on! 

    Not too late to pick a side!

  • #14
    JunyJunebug wrote:
    Heather_Stephens wrote:

    Darn. I don't think I qualify for either side. But I'll be watching and cheering you on! 

    Not too late to pick a side!

    Indeed! You're welcome to watch from the sidelines, but if you would prefer to play yourself you can join one of the two teams and sign up for the match!

  • #15
    macer75 wrote:
    JunyJunebug wrote:
    Heather_Stephens wrote:

    Darn. I don't think I qualify for either side. But I'll be watching and cheering you on! 

    Not too late to pick a side!

    Indeed! You're welcome to watch from the sidelines, but if you would prefer to play yourself you can join one of the two teams and sign up for the match!

    He means you can join TrollU and sign up for the match.

  • #16

    I'm too soft-hearted to be a troll. I'm terrible at trash talk. When I try it they just laugh at me sad.png

  • #17
    There is no way the intellectuals will loose! We shall win! I'm signed up.
  • #18
    Heather_Stephens wrote:

    I'm too soft-hearted to be a troll. I'm terrible at trash talk. When I try it they just laugh at me

    I am still trying to be one. But no one realizes my true potential.

  • #19

    My men seem to not be joining the match. I'm afraid they might not be taking this very serious match not seriously enough. I still have hope. However, if spots don't fill up within the next couple of days, I might have to recruit old friends Magnus, and Hikaru. 

    Is @erik aware of the match yet? It would be great if he could pull some strings and advertise it on the home page. 

  • #20

    ^that would be fantastic!!

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