January Thaw - Round 5
The final round was against Romie Carpenter, the top seed going into the tournament. I had unfinished business from the Closed (when we took an early draw), not to mention my need to redeem myself from a poor performance on the first day. This was a long battle that went down to the wire, and I'm happy to say "mission accomplished." Though I didn't win the Thaw, I pulled myself together and, ironically, finished the tournament as the highest-rated player.