I’m not even going to post my game from the u2000 tournament I played earlier this evening, since now I think I resigned in a potentially drawn position and just can’t stomach to look at it anymore at the moment. I’m not sure if this article makes me feel better or not, but it is remarkable that a 9 year old managed to make National Master. Surely, if a 9 year old can make it above 2200 than the rest of us should likely be able to crack 2000 with enough effort, right? On Sunday, I had the enormous pleasure of congratulating someone who had just cracked FIDE 2000 for the first time. He was glowing. A bit of his glow rubbed off on me and I’m feeling optimistic despite my string of losses lately.