I got a chance to ask Conrad a few questions, at the Midwest Class Championships but before we get to that a few facts:
Age : 15
Rating : 2262
Home town : Wichita, Kansas
Number of tournaments to get from 1600-2000 : six in 10 months
Number of tournaments to get from 2000-2200 : nine in 8 months
Click here for Conrad's USCF history
You seem to have made the difficult transition from expert to master fairly easily, what helped you most to achieve this?
Conrad: Playing on ICC (mostly 3, 5 and 15 min. games) & studying opening books.
Do you have a coach?
What's your record against GMs?
Conrad: I played GM for the fist time in round 1 and drew him. (Dmitry Gurevich)
(Conrad finished with 2.5/5.0 with losses to Yury Shulman & Benjamin Finegold)
Click here to see Fingold's analysis of his win over Holt
When do you think you will become a GM?
Conrad: In 2 years.
When is your next tournament?
Conrad: Not sure, but I will participate in the next US Chess School