I recently directed the Sorenson Memorial at the Pittsburgh Chess Club and thought it would be fun to write a three-part series for Chess^Summit on the event.
One thing I've really come to admire about chess is Pittsburgh is how competitive all the top players are. Thanks to the different tournament formats and time controls city offers, many of the 2000+ rated players adopt deep and wide opening repertoires to keep their opponents off guard. In my chase for the National Master title, I don't think I've played anywhere where the field is as underrated as this one.
In this six-round event, 4.5/6 was enough to lay claim to first, but the bloodbath it took to get there was exciting, and there were plenty of exciting games along the way. Here are the links to each of my three reports:
I'll be competing in the November ladder at the Pittsburgh Chess Club, and I'm excited to see who I'll play in my return to tournament chess after a month-long hiatus.
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