Thanks Or Levy. Amir writes with punch. Maybe he should consider that as a career option given what he's described in his "day in the life" article. Yes, it is nice that the guys on his level help each other out - that's a far cry from what goes on in the top 100. Sure, there are many journeymen in his predicament but now that I've read his take on it, I would gladly follow him. Will check for him at USO qualifying.
He lost in the first round of qualifying to Ivan Sergeyev.
Edit: Sorry didn't notice you said USO qualifying. He lost his AO qualifying match.