Mr. Burke here again with a standings update as I lie awake in bed at 5:11 AM in the morning (I am not sure who has a worse case of the nerves - me or John Michael!).
The #4 and #7 seeds in JM's section both lost in round 2 to players rated 500 points lower. Definitely a reminder that upsets are quite common in national tournaments like this. These kids are not machines, and this venue can be quite intimidating, especially if it is their first experience at a national tournament. JM was a little nervous before round 1 but handled it well. He definitely started to get his mojo going after he got that first game out of the way. Every game is going to be a challenge, no matter what the rating of the opponent. Round 3 is against a 1773 rated player from Alabama. Will be posting updates throughout the day if possible.