Sunday, February 15, 2009

It's Official...

I'm over 1800. I played my first chess tournament in January of 2007. I think that's decent progress. I ended 2008 at about 1700 and my goal for 2009 was to reach 1800. I guess now I just have to maintain it. In fact, I expect that I'll lose some points soon since this point gain was largely based upon favorable pairings and one draw that I should have lost. Even so, I'm playing my best chess ever.

Unfortunately, I have to take a forced break due to a major surgery I have coming up. I'm writing this post on my wife's computer so I can't post my last game from the SFCC tournament, though I will at some point because it had a cute finish. Wish me luck at the hospital. I go under the knife Friday.

Last thing: I have to wonder how much of this is regional differences in relative rating strength. I've basically gained 100 points since moving to Florida.


darkhorse said...

Good luck, man! I am really scared of knives and sharp openings... wait...

The right link for your USCF page is
Congrats and welcome to class A. :)

tanc (happyhippo) said...


Take care and wishing you all the best for your op.

Hope to hear from you soon.

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es_trick said...

Congratulations on reaching 1800!

Wishing you the best with your surgery.


natec said...

Good luck on your surgery! And congratulations on breaking 1800!

I wish you the best (As I'm sure all of your friends back here do.).