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Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, United States
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.
To start off, I have to preface this by explaining that this post is going to be ...Read more »
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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, enjoy writing, watching lacrosse, American football, and N.H.L. hockey (although I'm sick of my Capitals choking in the playoffs every spring), 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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