First Moves: US Open Extras

Excerpt reprinted from Chess Life Online, October 20, 2010.

Current U.S. champion Hikaru Nakamura, in town to accept the USCF’s grandmaster of the year award, was in a light-hearted mood. He even chose to take a seat at one of the boards at the Denker Tournament of High School Champions simul, facing a perhaps perplexed Denker champion Steven Zierk who was conducting the simul.

The Denker Tournament of High School Champions is no Mickey Mouse operation, but Denker committee chair Dewain Barber donned the mouse ears in honor of being in Disneyland’s Orange County, while accepting his USCF Meritorious Service Award. See video of this, including Barber’s own version of the Mickey Mouse club song by clicking HERE.

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