Hi Mister C! OMG I am so Syched with a capital S [editor: sic] ! I have booked my flight to the Cheesesteak City for next year’s World Open! Just call me Philly Manilly!! My goal is to win AT LEAST $5,000 in my section – I am rated 1776, isn’t that perfect! I have started my training: booking up on a new opening (the ponziani for devastating surprise value! shhhh!), studying my Fred Reinfeld tactics manual and drinking a carrot smoothie every morning.
What else should I do?!
– Chad in Connecticut
My dear, sad little friend Chad:
Step one – sandbag your sorry butt down to a class C rating.
Step two – buy a very, very small chess computer that fits in your pocket, has good battery life and doesn’t beep.
As you say, OMG. Not only do you have zero chance of winning money, but in fact these giant money monstrosities are the ABSOLUTE WORST THING that has ever happened to American chess. A complete and total disaster that killed local tournaments and drove the cost of the game through the roof. The one day, $7 swiss with nominal prizes – now that’s good times.
But hey, all that aside… good luck and enjoy!