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Submitted by dpnorman on April 21, 2016 at 10:24 AM.
It took almost two years and an inordinate amount of frustration, but I have finally managed to defeat an expert for only the second time in my rated chess career.
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“So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.”
― Benjamin Franklin
I play chess instead of having a life. My goal is to reach U.S.C.F. 2200 and National Master title. My achievements thus far include:
-2014 Greater Baltimore High School Champion
-2015 Washington DC Scholastic Co-Champion
-2015 Maryland Sweet 16 5th place
-2015 Annapolis Chess Champion
Outside of chess, I play piano (although I hardly have time to practice), enjoy watching lacrosse, American football, and N.H.L. hockey, and like to go sailing periodically in Annapolis (though I had to quit my sailing team because it interfered with my ability to play competitive chess). While I love all of these things, they are all secondary to my chess career, because playing chess has, over the last few years, become my favorite thing to do in life.
I am working hard every day to reach my goal of N.M. It is hard because unlike many of my scholastic friends, I am not a prodigy, and I don't think that other than decent logical and critical thinking skills, I have any significant natural talent for this game. But the hope that someday I might just break 2200 keeps me studying and playing chess, and it's perhaps the only area of my life in which I have a specific and possibly achievable aspiration towards which I am working.
In addition to playing, I love following high-level events and meeting strong players. My favorite super-GM is Fabiano Caruana and I am rooting for him to become World Champion one of these days. Watching players of such a high level play is incredible- they make everything look so easy and effortless. Chess is a hard game and I'd be honored if I ever even got a chance to play a GM or IM in a tournament. I hope very much that I get to do that someday.
Thank you for reading about my chess journey, and good luck on yours!
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