By starting this blog a year ago I was trying to hold my composure. Move on. Progress. Be strong. After the new year… I think I was broken. I went through a lot of depression. This year throughout, my relationships suffered with family, friends, girlfriend. I have been lost. I am trying to dig my way out.
I had awesome travels in April and September to Michigan. Seeing family and friends. One of my best friends got married. Beautiful wedding. It was really hard seeing my friends progress and being stuck personally. I have to find away. In August I toured the south. I got to spend some time with my aging grand-dad. I got to see cousins. The food, so great.
Tried looking into getting back to school. I ran into a student loan roadblock. I now have to get a job to make some payments before I will be eligible for any money to go back to school. I typed out a new resume. I revamped my Linked In profile, got on Monster and Career Builder. Looking for leads and trying to get in somewhere. It’s a start. Before November really, I was doing nothing.
Chess was a coping mechanism to feel worthwhile. I played well in the Chicago Open U900 section winning six games out of seven. I played okay at the Chicago Class. I won three and a half out of five. I had an educational loss against a good SSCC player and a draw against a Naperville highschooler. An okay performance but not great. In September I swept my section at the Evanston Three x Three for a perfect three points. And last week I swept my section at the Evanston Tri – Level for a perfect four points taking clear first place in my section and a 200 point rating boost. So far I have been playing in sections fair to my USCF rating, but not fair when compared to my actual playing strength. Prior to this year, I was away from tournament rated chess for 16 years. So my USCF rating has some catching up to do to get to where I am now (1500-1900 range). Since may I gained 600+ points and I am now at a whopping 1200. I will be playing next weekend at the Illinois Class in the Class D (U1400). Small tourney, top prize is $100. Competition should have a little bit more teeth, so hopefully I will do well. It’ll be interesting. I analyze all my games and take my score sheet and input it on the computer. I plan to soon have all the games posted on here.
I am trying to make myself useful. Trying to repair my relationship with my girlfriend. I need to reach out to my family. And I need to be more of a friend to my friends. Thanks for your interest. Love.