Chess Tournament – Jefferson City
Last Saturday, William, my husband and I traveled to Jefferson City for the 2013 Missouri Scholastic Championship Chess Tournament. William and Keisha started playing chess last summer and I am so proud of what they have accomplished during their first chess season.
Saturday was a long day and we had a rough start by oversleeping due to the alarm not going off. I will just say I wasn’t the one who set the alarm. Despite waking up at 5:15 a.m., when were supposed to be at our designated take off spot at 5:00 a.m., we still were able to meet up with Lindbergh High School to trail them to Jefferson City. Thankfully, I stayed calm when we rushed to get ready.
Once we were on the road, all was well. Despite driving through rain nearly the entire way, the drive to Jefferson City was very smooth.
The hotel was full of over 600 children plus their parents, grandparents, coaches and friends. Each conference room was overloaded with chess teams eagerly awaiting for the next round to begin. The first round began at 10:30 a.m. and the final – sixth round began at 6:00 p.m. The day was long and exciting. The only stress I endured was due to my hotspot not working. Between the second and the third round, I read the tournament paperwork which indicated 4 points (wins) are required for William’s age group in order to. After the third round, William had 1 point (1 win and 2 losses). William was filling a bit down but I told him to stay strong and give it his best shot. And William did give it his best shot – he won the next 3 rounds; ending up with 4 points. He won a tournament medal which is his third medal of this season. I’m so proud of William for being a dedicated member of his chess team. William and Keisha are currently teaching chess to their 3 year old brother Alexander.