I just got back from the largest rated chess tournament ever, the 2013 SuperNationals, to which I was invited to open the event, and to play a chess simultaneous exhibition at the start of the event! I had a couple book signings in the bookstore on Friday and Saturday, and the lines were huge and did not stop during the 4+ hours I was there. Below you can see a few photos and a couple videos by the USCF so you can sense the great chess atmosphere present.
A video on the opening of the 2013 Chess SuperNationals:
Another video just before my simul, thanks to Jennifer Shahade for doing a great job in Nashville!
A few photos of me giving the simul:
I played 37 players at the same time, and won 36 games. I drew with Varvara Okuneva, on the photo below. She was quite a tough opponent!
Here is the view from my window. The hotel is the largest in the world, over 2880 rooms!
Thanks to the USCF for treating me so well, I was given the Presidential Suite, which is enormous, with various living rooms, sports room, full kitchen, it’s bigger than my apartment at home!
A typical view of a playing hall, with hundreds of kids eager to play chess!
My two signing sessions were so popular, I signed hundreds of books, signed scoresheets and was taken in photo with my fans!
That’s me at the SuperNationals: