U.S. Open Round 1: Hello from Orlando

I'm here for the 2014 U.S. Open and the USCF Annual Meeting. GM Dmitry Gurevich is representing Chicago, and Jeff Wiewel is one of the TDs. (Jeff and I were on the same flight yesterday.) Standings are here.

My mother, sister, and brother-in-law were kind enough to visit Orlando from the Gulf Coast, so I've already had plenty of fun in the first 24 hours. My sister gave me a garage sale Mickey Mouse umbrella (pictured).


Oh yes, chess. My congenial opponent did not play like a 1600! My play was mediocre at best, but I did grind a win out.