Saturday, January 10, 2009

Jesse Orlowski is an Expert!

Last week's Gambito Open #402 is finally rated after some mysterious delays and it is now confirmed that Jesse Orlowski is the latest club member to become an Expert. Bruce Baker always said he was one of his most talented students and Bruce's predictions have finally come true. Jesse follows in the footsteps of Daniel Grazian and Varun Krishnan. Next up is Kyron Griffith, who is now rated 1996, one more event may put Kyron over the top. But today is the day to honor JESSE, congrats young man!!!

And to think I have been playing for 20+ years and never gotten above 1900...sigh, I guess these kids have the more flexible neurons in their brains!!    

PS If you are looking for the pairing for Round 2 of the Markowski, I put them under the Notes section, I don't know why, I just did, you should be able to find them.... 


  1. I like to echo Chuck's sentiments and welcome Jesse Orlowski to the ranks of chess expert. I have crossed swords (or traded pawns) with this young man a few times and I have been very impressed with Jesse's unceasing energy and enthusiasm for the game. In our most recent encounter, Jesse defended with his Caro Kann Defence 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Nxf6+ exf6 and very quickly had his kingside pawns on g7, g6, f7, f6! Jesse called this formation "The Rock" and later told me that he makes up his own theory. In that game, I was sweating blood and even though I won that game through ---luck, I became an admirer of Jesse's play.

    Like their mentor, NM Bruce Baker, most of his students (Jesse and Daniel Grazian come to mind) play from the heart. I wish them all the best for the future -- which belongs to them!

    The only thing I object about Jesse's demeanor is that in one recent Gambito where I showed up all decked out in San Diego Charger regalia, Jesse was decked out in Pittsburgh Steeler regalia!

  2. Thanks, guys. I owe it all to Bruce; he took me all the way from 1100 to 2029 now. And Rick, I will be pulling for the Chargers tomorrow! Go Bolts! :)

  3. I would like to congratulate Jesse on being the latest player to reach expert. I believe it is a significant accomplishment and I hope to follow in his footsteps. He might want to donate the Pittsburgh regalia to the goodwill ;) Go Chargers (Sproles will have a tough time if the field isn't dry) !!!! 5. ... exf6!?


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