I just finished playing in the U.S. Open, during which time blogging, sad to say, wasn't my top priority. It'll take me a little while to get caught back up with the rest of my life, but blogging will resume shortly.
A first and very important thing to note is that the Sinquefield Cup started on Friday. In round 1 Wesley So beat Hikaru Nakamura while Veselin Topalov defeated Peter Svidler; Svidler also lost in round 2 against Levon Aronian. Anyone can lose to anyone in such an elite competition, but as Svidler was a late replacement for Vladimir Kramnik (and had black in both games) it's not so surprising that he would get off to a bumpy start. Also in round 2: Nakamura bounced back with a win over Anish Giri, while Maxime Vachier-Lagrave's 70 game undefeated streak in classical chess finally came to an end thanks to Viswanathan Anand. Finally, all five games were drawn in round 3.