How has your life changed since you won one of the major prizes in the MCO?:
Winning the U2500 section of MCO was a complete surprise, after I won I didn't celebrate too much, instead I was just taking the moment in. Since then, I have still kept playing chess and I am more enthusiastic about chess with tournaments like these popping up it makes it worth it.
How do your friends and family feel about you winning?:
My friends and family were watching the matches live on the east coast. Afterwards I called everyone and it was just a great feeling to not only be playing for myself but for them also.
Why did you decide to play in MC#1?:
I decided to play in MC #1 because it just seemed like a great opportunity to do well in a big tournament. It's not often that I have the chance to play against such big names in the chess world involving 2700+ players. Also, the prize structure was not bad, paying $1000 to try to win a big prize.
What did you most like about MC#1?:
My favorite thing about MC #1 was the opportunity it gave everyone to take a chance to win a big prize. Chess tournaments prize structures usually aren't this big, so mixing it up and having a new tournament open to anyone I think is a good idea. If chess stays passive and has the same small tournaments over and over again it will never grow, what Maurice Ashley and Amy Lee have done here are no doubt a step in the right direction for chess.
What would you like to see different next year?:
For it being the 1st tournament MC #1 was great, from what I saw no one had any complaints. The only thing I would have changed is the coverage of all the games on Millionaire Monday. I think if you only stick to the top game in the open section, everyone else loses out, the lower sections aren't as good as the top boards, but other people are watching to see other games not only the top boards.
Will you attend MC#2 again next year?:
I am waiting to register for MC #2, I paid the late entry fee for MC #1, so I hope to avoid that this time!