Whew. Now that i've gotten that out of the way, let's get to the good stuff!
He loves the game. This is his second year in the after-school program where kids get together and play chess. It's called Chess Tutors, and it's pretty sweet.
None the less, he's good. REALLY good. If i'm not paying attention, the little bugger can swoop in and checkmate me faster than a melissophobiac running from a swarm of bees! And because of his skill for his age, he was invited to the 12 Annual Grand Match Gala at USC. This is where the best players from all of the local schools compete.
He sat at a table with second graders from all over Los Angeles, each one overseen by staff to help settle disputes, and to register the wins. Scoring was 1 point for a win, 1/2 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss.
The event ran pretty much all day, which was kind of a pain, since the kids really only got 2 hours of play time in. The onerous was on you to play as many games as you could, and get the most number of points.
So i used this time to exlore my Alma Mater with my litte girl!
Maggie was a huge fan!!
Maybe if i have enough money, and the tuition hasn't double by the time she's 18, she can go to USC just like her papa!
None the less, you are most likely interested in the results of the Gala. Despite playing well, unfortunately Alexander did not get in the top 3 at his table, which is a very difficult task.
However! His school, Cabrillo Elementary tied for 5th place (out of 22 schools) and hence he received a medal!
Like i said, Alexander LOVES chess. Which is awesome, as so do i. I predict that if he keeps up this pace, by the time he is 10 years old, he will be beating me regularly.
The gauntlet has been thrown!