January Thaw - Round 1
The January Thaw is the first tournament of the year, and this time it lived up to its name because Helena was incredibly warm over the weekend (reaching even the 60s). The Thaw has been both fun and frustrating for the past few years because I typically do very well but then stumble in a critical round. This year was no exception, as I tied for first place when I easily could have claimed the top spot for myself but for a mistake in Round 2.
On the plus side, I got revenge against some players who had beaten me in the past, one of them being Frank Miller in Round 1. Frank's rating is much lower than mine, but when I played him a few months ago he thumped me when I got casual. Now it was my turn!