Preparing for the Windy City...
It's been a while since my last blog post, but hey, I'm in the mood for love... um, blogging -- AND I so I figured it was time to let you all know an important piece of "Chess.com News". I'll give you some of my most recent games (I have only played one other local tournament since my last blog) at the end of this piece, and I'll try to offer a few thoughts on what I need to be/am currently working on...
But first, the BIG news:
We are organizing a Chess.com Meetup and we want YOU to come! Erik, Jay, David and I will all be attending -- and PLAYING -- the Chicago Open this May -- along with many of our Chess.com Ambassadors! For those of you who may not know, Erik and Jay are the reason(s) for your existence!!! Well, your "Chess.com Existence" anyway. They are the Co-Founders of your second home (yeah, let's be honest, if Chess.com were a place, you'd live here). Without them, none of us would be here...
David and I are the dudes you deal with on a regular basis. You know, making videos, writing articles, doing Chess/TV shows and managing everyone else who does all those things too. So, not as cool as the meeting the founders, but still pretty cool to meet us...
And finally, many members of our Ambassador Team -- which is a bunch of IMs and GMs who also love Chess.com and contribute content here on a regular basis -- will also be there! We won't name names yet, but as we confirm that they plan to play too -- I will add them to this blog in the comments. Some of the guys I include in this list of Titled Players who just LOVE Chess.com are (but remember, not all of them will be in Chicago):
- GM Jon Ludvig Hammer
- GM Robert Hess
- GM Alejandro Ramirez
- GM Sam Shankland
- GM Melik Khachiyan
- GM-Elect Conrad Holt
- IM John Bartholomew
- IM Mackenzie Molner
- IM Darwin Yang
- IM Thomas Rendle
- The PinkHamster
- and more equally as cool dudes...
Man, I feel a little like Nick Fury right now (and btw, is anyone else pumped for the Avengers movie??? )
So, what's the plan in Chicago? Well, nothing too official (no need to report this to meetup.com ) because we will all be busy playing our games -- BUT if you've been waiting for the right time to play your first over-the-board tournament, think you might have a shot at one of the BIG Class Prizes the Chicago Open offers, or if your simply dying to "meet the team" behind Chess.com -- then come on out!
It won't be hard to find us, as we will all be wearing our Chess.com Protective Shields (OK, let it go Danny - you are NOT Nick Fury ). I hope to see each and every one of you there (though if all 5 million of you plan on coming, we should probably let Mr Goichberg know in advance ).
Very disappointed I didn't win this last game against the young, talented Mr Li -- but he defended well. I need to work on my
- Endgame Technique
- Mental Discipline When Converting Advantages
- Critical Decision Making Skills
- And everything else that makes someone good at chess ...
Until next time...