The boys and I participated in our first tournament yesterday. Both my sons were in the Midget section and I was in the Reserve. My kindergartner took 4th, 2nd grader got an honorable mention and I won one game against a 900+ rated first grader. It was my first time using a clock and my first time having to record a game. Lessons learned:
- I think my intelligence drops substantially after eating pizza.
- Just because there is a clock doesn't mean I have to go for speed.
- The second grader should be reminded he's trying to check mate his opponent not lose all of his pieces without taking a single of his opponents, which is a feat in itself.
- Remind the second grader that his brother's trophy will certainly be bigger if he doesn't try.
I also bought a board, a clock, and aspen chess club t-shirts for us. And I was beaten by the Kindergardner again this morning under time pressure ...