The cover story of Chess Life Magazine this month is the USA Team Player of the Year… Ildar Ibragimov. I think I grew up with Ildar. Many is the time we’d be riding bikes and playing football in Ildar’s backyard in Anytown, USA. We’d get hungry and run into his house to see if his Mom had a snack. I remember it so clearly… “Mrs. Ibragimov! Mrs Ibragimov! Can we have some cookies?” And Mrs. Ibragimov would always have fresh cookies. Oatmeal cookies of course… because you wouldn’t want a couple of good ol’ American kids like Tony and Ildar eating unhealthy snacks.