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2014 Chicago Open

I finished this tournament 3.5/7. I had hoped on scoring a little higher but I gained 22 points total from the tournament. The competition was tough and the games were exhausting. I finished with 3 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw. Most of the players were rated higher than me and that's why I DID end up gaining 22 points ELO. I am now rated at 1598 and hope to make it into the next class (class B) after my next tournament - I only need two points for this.

Here is a key game from Round 2 that I would like to show. I call it a key game because if I lost it then that would mean I started out 0 and 2. This would have drained me of confidence for the rest of the tournament (maybe?). The game fizzled out after an extensive endgame. I was able to push my h pawn all the up the board with the protection of my Bishop and King. Black ended up resigning. I played the King's Indian Attack with white - starting out 1.Nf3.

On move 28, my opponent played the bizarre 28 ...Nxf4 which led to his demise.




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The 2018 Chicago Open

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I will bring my laptop to Chicago so I can upload the games here at my chess blog.

"Psychologically, you have to have confidence in yourself and this confidence should be based on fact"

- Bobby Fischer