Ah, the dear old logo. I put up another auction to raise money for the Recycling Revel postage fund to send books and software to kids and clubs. A beautiful and very rare collectible poster for the 2000 KasparovChess Online Grand Prix. Fewer than 150 of these 18"x24" posters were printed in 2000 and most were given out as prizes many years ago. The poster commemorates the first online chess super-tournament. 16 of the world's top players faced off in a knockout format internet tournament held in the KasparovChess Online Playing Zone February 9-20, 2000.
They were: Kasparov, Morozevich, Svidler, Seirawan, Adams, de Firmian, Short, Piket, Milos, Gulko, van Wely, I.Sokolov, Illescas, Adianto, Barua, and top computer program Deep Junior. Kasparov made it to the final as expected. His opponent there, however, was quite a surprise. Dutchman Jeroen Piket eliminated two of the top seeds, Morozevich and Svidler, before shocking even himself by then beating Garry Kasparov in the final match to take the title and the $20,000 first prize. (Decisive game here.) Bid early and bid often!
Big thanks to David Llada and Shahar T, the winners of the signed Kasparov books I auctioned for the cause last week. I'll have time to put up a Revel page with all the supporters and participants next week. I sold/gave away over 50 old descriptive notation books at the Central Park tournament last weekend. Fun to see kids happy to have their very own chess book for a dollar. (It was set your own price, one dollar minimum. Many gave much more, validating my socialist tendencies.)