The Trip Begins (Part 2).

Jan 13, 2008, 2:30 PM |

  If you didn't read my last couple blogs, you might want to go back and read them to know what I'm talking about.

  Now to continue the story.

           ...At the time, I was trying to find something that I was good at that set me apart from my friends.  At my first chess class, I went to the area where kids who already knew how to play were facing each other.  If there were two kids that were about the same age, they were also had the same amount of skill.  At the end of the hour, a little homework to complete over the week was given.  I didn't know a single answer to a single question on that piece of paper.  After that experience, I switched to the beginner's class where my brother and sister were.  My teacher was teaching stuff I already knew, but he was also setting up situations with the pieces on this chess board that he was able to hang on the wall.  I was so glad that I decided to switch to that class.  Once the chess club had been in existence for about 3 months, our main chess teacher told us that whoever wanted to could participate in a chess tournament that would be held in Toronto at the same place that the spelling bee was held.  By this time, my little brother and sister had quit.  I decided to go.  About a month before the tournament, my mom got me a game for gameboy.  It was called, clssic board games and it included backgammon, checkers, and chess.  It was nothing like the Fritz programs or anything similar to it.  It was just enough to get me past the beginner stage.  In order to be properly put in the tournament, each age group had to be placed in order of who was first, second, third, and so on.  In order to do that, our school had to have a little tournament of our own.  At the school tournament, I did ok considering how long I was playing for.  I came third in grades 7-12 and second in grades 7-8.  When I went up to get my prize, my teacher told everyone that was there that if there were an award for most improved, it would go to me.  That moment was one of the many that especially has motivated me to keep improving and working hard to becoming good.

                                              To be continued...