Winter may be coming, but I have finally overtaken George R. R. Martin after going 6/6
Since moving to the Twin Cities a few weeks ago I have joined the vibrant chess community and participated in several different events from blitz tournaments to standard ones. My results have ranged from less-than stellar (in my very first Minneapolis tournament, I was dead lost against a 1000- and an 1100-rated player, but managed to turn both games around) to decent.
After going 6/6 in two Monday-night quads, my USCF standard rating has, if not skyrocketed at least soared to its all time high. But more importantly, I have finally overtaken George R. R. Martin on the rating list. In all fairness I should add that this is more of a static and arbitrary milestone than a living and breathing rivalry as I am not personally acquainted with Mr. Martin, who has been inactive as a chess player since at least 1991.
But without further ado (and with apologies for the 'ado' previously inflicted) I give you some of my G30 games from the past two weeks' quads. While the average rating of my opponents was slightly below 1800, I am still happy that I managed to win all the games. Hopefully this is not a fluke, but the result of real improvement. We'll see.