How has your life changed since you won one of the major prizes in the MCO?:
I have "come out of retirement" - and my love for the game has been rekindled.
How do your friends and family feel about you winning?:
All of my friends and family were very impressed - they all knew I was good at chess, but never imagined I was good enough to win money at a major tournament, especially after a hiatus of more than 15 years.
Why did you decide to play in MC#1?:
You only live once!
What did you most like about MC#1?:
The atmosphere was electric - so many chess enthusiasts gathered in the same place was a joy to experience.
What would you like to see different next year?:
I would like to see the format of "Millionaire Monday" changed. It was heartbreaking to play strong, quality chess over 4 days in games that stretched up to 5 hours, only to have the grand prize of $40,000 ride on a handful of 25-minute games. Even at the highest level, the games were messy and filled with blunders. I understand that this was an attempt to make the final rounds more exciting, but ultimately i feel that it detracted from the quality of the chess in the final rounds, and introduced an element of luck that was not present during the rest of the tournament.
Will you attend MC#2 again next year?:
I will certainly try!