Anton Butenko

How has your life changed since you won one of the major prizes in the MCO?: 
Since I'm an amateur in chess, my life hasn't changed much. I still think of that event as it was a dream.
How do your friends and family feel about you winning?: 
My family is extremely proud of me and thinks of it as a great achievement.
Why did you decide to play in MC#1?: 
My best friend convinced me that it would be a great reason to meet up and spend some time playing chess together.
What did you most like about MC#1?: 
I was just happy to be part of such great event.
What would you like to see different next year?: 
I only played in one big tournament before MC#1, so I don't have too much experience, and I can't make a judgment if any changes are necessary.
Will you attend MC#2 again next year?: 
I will most likely participate in MC#2 next year if it is going to be in Las Vegas. P.s. Until MC#1 I never thought of chess as an actual sport. I thought of it as a hobby, and I never took it seriously. I used to disparage long games since there were not fun to me. But during the tournament I came to realize how hard (physically and mentally) game of chess can actually be! I am a PhD student and I thought I knew what stress is, but I never had as much stress in my life as in my final game of the tournament. After I lost my first game I actually wanted to quit and go home, but I'm glad I didn't. I learned a lot (from my friend and other players) during the tournament, and I truly believe that I played best games of my life there. Since I came home from the tournament I only played couple of games and till now I have been enjoying a break from chess. P.p.s. I want to thank everybody who took part in organizing this great event and I hope you guys will achieve every goal you set for yourself!