Chopper Trading’s Chess Team

Chopper Trading employees apply themselves to a diverse array of sports and hobbies in their free time.  One of those hobbies is chess, sanctioned by the Chopper Chess Team, which plays in the East Division of the Chicago Industrial Chess League.  Seven of Chopper’s employees meet once a week to practice and prepare for competitions scattered throughout the fall, winter and spring seasons.

While some activities can be picked up and set down without too much difficulty, chess is not one of them. Since the team’s creation in 2012, it has exhibited the dedication necessary to excel at the game, and the hard work has paid off in a big way.  Every player has demonstrated consistent and marked improvement over time, culminating in a third place team ranking in the East Division this year.

From what I hear, Chopper players have frequently had the pleasure of upsetting higher rated players and teams.  In the 2012-2013 season, Chopper’s team won the league-wide “highest team upset award,” and a Chopper player won the league-wide “highest individual upset award.”

The Chopper Chess Team has improved its final standings every year. In 2014, the players achieved their best record with six wins and three losses resulting in the previously mentioned third place ranking in the East Division. While this technically qualified the Chopper team to participate in the league-wide playoffs for the first time, our players were unfortunately unable to participate due to travel and scheduling conflicts.

Nonetheless, Chopper’s team has led victories over employees from a number of prominent Chicago area businesses and institutions such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, the American Medical Association, Enova Financial, and Northwestern University.

Overall, I think the Chopper Chess Team is highly representative of Chopper employees as a whole: driven, hard-working, and always bent on improving.  I want to congratulate the team on a well-played season, and wish everyone good luck in their competitions this next year.

To learn more about Rajiv Fernando and Chopper Trading activity, follow @rajiv_fernando and @ChopperTrading on Twitter.

Chopper Trading Intramural Sports Update

This spring, the Chopper Trading softball team learned a very important lesson about intramural sports: it’s not about winning, but about enjoying the sport, and supporting each other as a team. I won’t spend too much time talking about this year’s statistics but rather focus on how valuable I think it is that Chopper’s intramurals sports players devote their time and energy to supporting each other on the field, and in the office. Even when we lose a game, we look back at what we did wrong, and push ourselves and each other to do better the next time around.

Chopper’s soccer teams have held their own out on the field.  The spring soccer team ended an otherwise positive season with a loss in the quarter finals two weeks ago.  The summer soccer team started the season with a 3-0 win last week, after the team rallied behind the momentum created by two team members who scored a lot of goals.  I hope their success proves to be a theme for the summer!  Between intramurals and the World Cup, the Chopper Trading office is buzzing with enthusiasm for the sport.

Last, but not least, is everyone’s favorite beach sport – volleyball – which starts up in June.  Chopper Trading will be represented by two teams that will play in the Wednesday night league games held at Oak Street Beach. To distinguish between them, one team has donned the name Chopper Traders, and the other is Chopper Developers. I’m told that one week, our two teams will face off against each other. I’m certain this will generate some healthy internal rivalry! I hope to see both teams make it to the playoffs this year, which would make for a great game for our players and probably an even better spectacle for their colleagues.

Overall, I think we’re all looking forward to a great summer here at Chopper Trading, both in terms of team work and team play!

For updates on Chopper Trading activity, follow Raj Fernando on Twitter.