After completing an “advanced level” book on endings and playing over several hundred games in the old Informants while trying to guess the next move I had seen my percentage of correct guesses jump from about 20-25% to around 70%. It was time to try my luck in tournament play so it was off to the big city…Chicago…for a weekender.
This game was one against a player who was one of four victims, all rated over 1800, that resulted in me going into the last round with a 4-0 score. That’s when I met Chicago legend Morris Giles; he mopped up the board with me. I guess to beat 2400’s you have to be able to guess better than 70%. I remember Giles was very pleasant and patiently went over our last round game and offered some good advice.