Max's father, David told US Chess that Max lost a tough game in a quad, held on September 2 at the Bob Peretz Chess Club. FM Leif Pressman broke his fortress in a rook endgame and Max "was initially very upset and exhaused from the loss as it was such a close game and he knew it could have secured master for him."
David told US Chess, "One of Max's favorite books is Open by Andre Agassi. Every time Max losses a close game i quote Agassi's coach Brad Gilbert, "Good things ... are about to happen" which annoys Max as much as it did Agassi after a close loss. After reaching 2200 Max said, "Okay good things are about to happen."
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