“8 top players, 3 days, one joke that went too far,” the Mr Dodgy Invitational starts tomorrow, Friday 12th June. In proof that cyberbullying really works, world top 10 player Anish Giri is the top seed for what promises to be a hugely entertaining knockout event, with Jan and RadioJan already slated to provide live commentary. The stakes almost literally couldn’t be higher, as Grandelius, Fressinet, Svidler, Nielsen, Korobov, Howell, Navara and Giri compete to win “a signed picture of a man on a horse”.
It takes a special kind of man to see the Magnus Carlsen Invitational and wonder, “why can’t I have an invitational too?”, and Mr Dodgy is certainly special. In his top-secret Swedish hideout he dared to dream, and just as the Mediterranean poets’ dreams were tinged by what they saw in front of them – coming up with tales of fabulous sea voyages – Mr Dodgy was inspired to create a tournament based around… horses: