December 01, 2008 • General

Hello everyone! I just took two hours writing a blog and for some reason it didn’t post correctly and vanished into thin air. As such, I’d just like to say thanks to everyone for their great wishes as well as my great teammates from the olympiad. Last but not least, I’d also like to express my gratitude to our team captain John Donaldson for doing such a great job and leading us to a second bronze medal in a row.

I would also like to comment on another topic which seems to be coming up frequently these days. I have no plans of currently changing federation and will definitely be playing the World Team Championship in Turkey this coming September.


  1. Good to hear that you will be staying with the USCF!


  2. FirebrandX

    Hikaru, I’ve been burned in similar ways when making a long post on the internet. Often times it was because my post took so long to make, the site board considered me “gone” and wiped everything when I clicked the submit button. I now as a ritual ALWAYS copy and paste any long posts into notepad before submitting them. It has saved me on countless occasions when I type something out for two hours and it gets submit-wiped. I highly recommend the practice!

    Anyway, glad to hear you’re sticking with the US. Some rather snobbish Canadians were already trying to take credit for your recent performances. I’d rather snobbish Americans do that 😛

  3. Phil Irwin

    Hey, congrats on another bronze. I watched the entire final round in real time which was pretty early here in Texas; just like in 2006 it was well worth it watching you guys gradually pull off the “impossible”. I really enjoyed your 1.g3 games this tournament. Have you been playing blitz with Suttles? Anyway, I hope you got to visit a German beer hall and suck down a few of those massive steins to celebrate…Bravo! Phil Irwin

  4. Great Olympiad! Good to hear you will be part of the World Team as well. What is next on your schedule?

    Thanks for trying to give a good report/post. It is appreciated.

  5. Much_Afraid

    Congrats on the team bronze Hikaru, it was great to see you all perform at such a high level.

    I’m a bit worried though as I just read an article at which stated that the U.S. was in danger of losing their bronze because of the bizarre circumstances surrounding Ivanchuk’s refusal to take a doping test. Check it out.

    Anyway I hope this is not the case, you all played superbly and deserve a spot on the podium.

    Once again congrats to you and best wishes.


  6. Hikaru, I was disappointed to not see your name at Wijk. It seems that you would have been a better choice than many of the participants. What do you think it will take to get an invite? Is it possible that you are being snubbed for not accepting their earlier invitation?

    Just wondering.

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