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Midlothian, VA, United States
Submitted by WilliamJohnB on September 5, 2013 at 1:04 PM.
Over the Labor Day weekend, I played in the Open section of the VA State Chess Championship. The time controls for all six rounds of the tourney were 30/90 & SD/1. My USCF rating was 2018 going into the tourney. I did really well in t...Read more »
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Basic Description[Last Updated 10/16/2014]
Became VA State Amateur Chess Champion at age 14.
I have had a USCF rating floor of 2000 since August 2005 after winning clear first in the U2000 section in the 2005 Atlantic Open.
Since July 2014, I have held the USCF Candidate Master title.
I tied for 2nd in the Open Section of the 2013 VA State Chess Championship where I was the only person to not lose to (rather win against) the state champion for that year.
Currently, I have a Bachelor's in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master's degree in Applied Statistics from Penn State University.
How long have I been playing chess for?: (as of 2014) 18 years
Were you ever competitive in chess?: When I was growing up, I was competitive in chess since I was exceptionally good at it (i.e. ranked in the top 50 for my age group in the US from 4th grade until senior year in high school). But when I graduated from high school into college, I became too busy with college work and social life to play chess competitively. As of right now, I still play chess; but not as much and as competitively as I used to.
What has chess given you?: Higher self-esteem (since I was good at the game), life-long friendships, and a hobby that I will be active in for the rest of my life.
What do you do outside of chess?: Running, fantasy sports (NCAA March Madness and NASCAR), video games, and hanging out with friends
Who is your favorite musician and why?: Eminem is my favorite musician because I can relate to his music more than any other musician's music.
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