Help me get to the 2016 US Junior Open!
I've been playing chess competitively for 12 years, and I'm finally starting to reach my life goals in the sport.
This year, my goal is to win the 2016 US Junior Open in New Orleans this June.
This won't be easy, but I am confident that I have the potential to make an honest effort for the title. In the past year, I've jumped in the national rankings (at one point becoming the 34th best 18 year old in the country), placed 18th in the National High School Blitz Chess Championships, and I'm already nearing a rating of 2100.
However, to do this, I need to play in more events across the country against higher levels of competition to expand my knowledge of the game – which, as a college student, is not easily affordable. If I win the US Junior Open this summer, I won't be doing it alone.
I've never had to ask for help like this before, but it would mean a lot to have an opportunity to achieve my goals over the board. To cover various tournament fees and accommodations, I've opened a gofundme project (gofundme.com/chesssummit) to help me reach the next level. Even if you can't directly support my journey to New Orleans, every like, share, or friend you tell will get me one step closer to being fully prepared for this summer.
Lastly, I'd like to thank everyone for the widespread support over the past few years. Whether you followed me on Facebook, rooted for the Maggie L. Walker Governor's School Chess Team, or even cheered me on here at Pitt, I couldn't have come this far without you. I'm looking forward to another big year, and I'm hoping to share my successes with you in the near future!