Joshua Colas has been making progress since he began playing chess four years ago and got his first rating of 681. With a heavy dose of blitz and a bit of professional coaching, Colas has now broken the “Expert” barrier of 2000 rating points. This is a status above a class player and signifies that a player is now progressing to become a Master.
At this rate, Colas is bound to break Master in another year or two. He has already defeated the likes of IM Jay Bonin. He has worked with GMs Maurice Ashley and Gregory Kaidanov.
At press time, he is competing at the 2009 Chicago Open.
Photo by Daaim Shabazz.