It'll take me a while to go through all my games and find some of those hidden gems. In the meantime, I figured I'd start out with some milestones. I was pleased to see the USCF start posting detailed player stats on their site. Unfortunately, pre-1993 their records are, at best, sketchy. I started playing in 1988 so a good portion of my <1400 career is "officially" lost. Through my own records, I have been able to piece together my complete history. I am missing a few game scores and a bit of player information from my first 2 years, but most of that information is inconsequential at this point anyway. So anyway, my real USCF record is +275 =107 -199 (56.54%) and with my 200th loss on the horizon (I'll hold a spot in this series for that game whenever it should happen) I thought it would be nice to spotlight some of my other milestone games. I chose wins 100 and 200, draws 50 and 100 and loss 100. Oddly enough...in all 5 of these games, I have black, LOL!
I'll go chronologically, so let's start with win #100. This occurred in the first round of a Phi Kappa Blanka, not only the tournament series I participated in most, but also my personal favorite. In these articles, most of the games you'll see came from this series of tournaments. It'll be interesting for me to compile a list of games by site and see exactly what percentage of my games occurred in the NC State Student Union. If I had to venture a guess...it would probably be about 1/3rd.
This series has been replaced by the TACOs (Triangle Area Chess Opens), but it's legacy will hopefully live on and not be forgotten. The story behind the name Phi Kappa Blanka is that it was a spoof of the starting five from Houston University's 1986 basketball team (Phi Slamma Jamma), who...of course, lost to NC State in what is arguably the most memorable NCAA championship game in history. I have more stories about this series and will share them as I reveal more games.
Anyway, as with many of the players in this series, my opponent here was a good friend. He was actually the one who introduced me to life as a chess coach. A few years before this game, he was nice enough to offer me crash space in Charlotte so I could play in the State Scholastic (I was a HS Senior). Little did I know that offer would come at a bit of a price. He was bringing his elementary school team to compete in the tournament and I would end up helping chaperon. It ended up being a great experience and I already have a game from that tournament slated for a future entry...