The #7 article in Best of US Chess 2017 is GM Rogers on World Cup: Five US Players Still Alive by GM Ian Rogers.
In Rogers’ informative and colorful report, he describes the dining scene after round 1 of the World Cup, coincidentally zooming in on the eventual winner.
Levon Aronian, pours himself some tea, dressed as if he had just emerged from the gym, and returns to his table to commiserate with fellow Armenian Hrant Melkumyan, who had just lost an extended rapid playoff match. It was unclear whether Melkumyan would stay around in Tbilisi to help Aronian or take the late night train from Georgia to Armenia’s capital Yerevan.
Then a familiar tune is heard on the restaurant’s background music; Ray Charles singing ‘Georgia on my Mind’ – weirdly appropriate, both in wistfulness and geographical nomenclature.
Grandmasters – unlike, say, tennis professionals – are not used to the ruthlessness and sadness of knock-out tournaments. It is often said of the World Cup, with some truth, that only one player finishes the event fully satisfied, while there are 127 losers.
GM Rogers is a frequent contributor to US Chess and Chess Life Magazine, and his wife Cathy Rogers is a photographer, whose work also appears on the website and magazine. In 2017, he also wrote, The Hidden World Cup on the first round of the competition, and Awonder in Chicago, a creative piece showing a dazzling victory by the young GM via musical clips.
Well rounded article that’s both educational and gives “insider” information- Evan Rabin
GM Rogers eloquently describes the scene at the FIDE World Cup in the country of Georgia before proceeding to discuss the results of the American players. He annotates several interesting games and shares some of the most tragic blunders of the tournament. My favorite annotated game in the article was Lenderman against Tari.- Michael f-pawn Aigner