Nicholas Karas, Steven Zierk and I are having a blast at the 109th US Open in Dallas, Texas--as this photo from our hotel room in the Westin Park Central shows. We have plenty of free time between the daily rounds at 7pm for fun and socialization (e.g. blitz tournament on Saturday afternoon). Unfortunately, both of my students lost to higher rated opponents in round 7. On the bright side, I won a fun game on the black side of the Sveshnikov against Jason Drake (2166). Nicholas has 3.5, Steven 4.5 and I am at 5.5 (out of 7).