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Ramblings from a chess coach on a mission

So we played in a chess tournament this weekend and finished in 1st place with a score of 3.5/4.

It was a good event for me in general because I was able to increase my rating by 40 points. I need several more of these type successes to reach my goal of National Master.

Co-Champion NM Scott Varagona

I started the event off pretty nervous but regained composure during my first round.

I didn’t have internet access pretty much the entire weekend, which was the most difficult thing about the trip. I realized how dependent I had become on having access to information. I exhausted my poor little data plan on my mobile device in a few hours.

Using my laptop without internet access was simply odd. I realized, I had no decent chess databases on my laptop. No decent engine and basically no reference material. The internet has become my crutch.

So as I write this blog, I am downloading stockfish, chessbase and a couple of million game databases for offline access. This is going to be critical for the rest of my summer endeavor.

I am also tempted to download a few movies, but then I would be back in the land of distraction.