How has your life changed since you won one of the major prizes in the MCO?:
Lot of confidence in chess and enthusiasm. Can not go without mention, $10000 was a great gift, and I bought few things which I considered luxury rather than necessity. A small part of it went to charity, the bribe I promised to God for the almost lost games.
How do your friends and family feel about you winning?:
Friends can't believe it still, and family is very proud. I always used to bore my friends talking about some moves or some games. They used to be like, man you and your chess! Now no one says that :)
Why did you decide to play in MC#1?:
A dream to see several GMs, play some serious chess. Get the real tournament feel, and along with all the chess a nice vacation with my wife.
What did you most like about MC#1?:
Meeting great players whom I have been following all my life. A very cheerful and yet intense atmosphere. Above all the extremely friendly and ever approachable Maurice.
What would you like to see different next year?:
More simuls and guess lectures.
Will you attend MC#2 again next year?: