|By Joel Benjamin
|May 12, 2007
How do you prepare for the U.S. Championship? Do you prepare for specific opponents before the tournament or do anything else special?
I don't know what most other players do, but I think it is quite sensible to keep a dossier on the "usual suspects" year-round, so when the Championship rolls along you have a few ideas to work with against whatever opponents come your way.
Personally, there were only two years where I went in feeling very well-prepared: 1987, in the midst of my Samford Fellowship, and 1997, after I had studied openings for months with Deep Blue. Both times I won the Championship.