Tonight I played Gauri Menon, who is the current fifth grade champ for the USA, and has been a competitor at the World Youth. Although my rating was 80 points higher, she is a very rapidly improving opponent, so I didn’t assume I was any stronger than her at all.
I made a strong point to play more creatively. I made sure that I had a plan and I wasn’t afraid to press a little rather than just hold back.
All in all I felt that I played pretty well although I think that had she not exchanged the knight for the bishop at the end the win would have been unlikely.
This should get my rating back up to 1802, so all in all I’ll take it.