I have quite a regular distribution of picks... normally in a 13-picks tournament, I have 5-6 picks in the 1st round and 3-4 in the 2nd, and that leaves 2 for the QF, 1 for the SF and 1 for the final. I rarely use my final pick before the final, because I want to be "in control of my destiny".
My playing style is quite aggresive, I usually select picks with high scoring points. That may be the reason I had 5 finals this year and only 2 other top-10 places... and my best W-L record in a 13-picks tournament is 9-4 in those 3 wins and 1 runner-up...
If I find myself in a situation that I have a shot for the title, I select my picks carefully and look at the picks made by my close rivals. In situation like this I would opt for the picks that would give me best chance to win the tournament and not necessarily those I think will win the match...
Career high ranking: 6 (16/10/2005)
Current Ranking: 40, 789 pts, 35 tournaments
2007 race to the championship: 26, 293 pts, 8 tournaments
Year-end Ranking: 2006 - 46, 2005 - 8, 2004 - 63, 2003 - 146
Winner: 2006 - Beijing, 2005 - Sydney, Budapest, Hasselt
Runner-up: 2006 - Prague, 2005 - Hyderabad, Forest Hills, Los Angeles YEC
Semifinal: 2006 - Paris, Bogota, 2004 - Sopot
Quarterfinal: 2005 - Prague, Modena, 2004 - Indian Wells, Stockholm, Seoul, Filderstadt