In the first round, Asaria played an International Master, which is the second highest title one can achieve in chess. In the next match, he was tasked with beating an actual grandmaster.
Ten moves into the game, the prospective Trojan was down one piece and soon found himself down two pieces, “which is essentially resignable,” Asaria said, “and I was so close to resigning, but then I realized this is the last tournament of my high-school career. I shouldn’t just blank out and give up.”
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