It's Monday morning, and I feel like I've been hit by a truck. To top it all off, who knows if I'm getting out of here today. There crappy weather all over the country, and it's snowing in Chicago. Why does it matter that it's snowing Chicago? I'm flying through Chicago to New York. I suppose you're wondering what happened on days two and three. A lot!! I think I must have walked 5 miles each day going from my hotel room, down to the basement, back up to our team room, down to playing room for the junior high, and then going to all the other playing rooms to take pictures. Saturday was really insane because I also played in the Parents & Friends tournament. The playing room for that was a million miles from everywhere else.
I will be writing various posts about the weekend in the next few days. I don't know how people do live blogging. I start out with a couple of posts with pictures and then by Saturday I'm totally toast. I was going to put up pictures that I took on Saturday, but when you're dead tired and took 400 pictures it's hard to decide what to put up. It also didn't help that every picture upload I did for the first two posts took about two to three minutes each. Hotel wireless is always so slow!!!!
As I mentioned before I did play in the Parents & Friends tournament. This was my chess playing debut in Tennessee. I've been a tournament director (Knoxville - National Elementary 1992) and coach (Knoxville Super Nationals I, Nashville Super Nationals III and IV) in Tennessee. First the good news about the tournament. I was undefeated. The bad news; I had 3 draws and a win against players rated 1206 to 1350. The most annoying game was round one when I had to settle for a draw in game where I had been up a bishop and pawn. Unfortunately I had to sac the bishop to stop him from queening. I will post the game at another point.
The Wandering Queen in her Wandering King Endgame Shirt
The most exciting part of the tournament was after several years of getting beaten by a nose our team finally won the national championship! K-9 team champions. It certainly was nerve wracking as we waited anxiously for the last game in the section to be done, since we needed the player from the team we were tied with going into the last round to lose or draw.
This is all I have the energy for at the moment. Look for upcoming posts on my foray into chess photo journalism, life in the K-1 section, and other stories. Lots of pictures to follow.