Hi Manny- In a recent post you informed us that when you first went to Vacchiano as a student, you told him you wanted to play like Rafael Mendez, and that he quickly disabused you of this notion. Let's say you found yourself in a similar situation. You required tutelage, and sought the counsel of a respected pedagog. Using the standards of today and all the knowledge and hindsight you have amassed over the past thirty years, what player, if asked by your teacher, would you most want to emulate? Remove yourself from the equation, as I am certain that modesty precludes you from answering: "why...ME of course!" There are two ways you could answer - the responsible way, with an eye toward giving the MO the best of all possible principal players, and the ego-based way with no regard for your current position, but just because it would be awesome to sound like this player. I am curious if player #2 would still be Mendez?