We decided at the last minute that Keaton would play in a "little" chess tournament at the South Salt Lake Library. He played in it last year and I loved how close it was and how small it was. His friend Caleb wanted to do it too, so I took them both at around 7:45 a.m. because we hadn't registered online. We arrived around 8:05 and it was PACKED. We stood in a line a mile long to get registered. Then we went into the Skittles room, where everyone hangs out between games, and it was OVERFLOWING with people. Eastwood had two tables reserved, which was great as we all squished in around them.
Keaton lost his first round to the #2 rank kid of the tournament. It was a pretty fast game for him, but another pair of 3rd graders took over an hour to finish and we were then a round behind everyone else the entire day.
Coach Jon and Coach Rick were there and went over the basics with the kids again. Rick has a "Laser" move that he taught Keaton and he used it twice to win both of the games he won.
This was Caleb's first chess tournament and he did really well with 1.5 points. Keaton had one stalmate and two wins for a total of 2.5 points. I didn't think he was going to get a trophy, but they had two extra Kindergarten 5th place trophies that they gave out to Keaton and another little boy. He was pretty excited.
It's always a long day, but the boys had fun playing DS in between and running around chasing Caleb's brother and sister, Marissa and Miles. Brynnly and I split up the mommy duties, so I could take Jacek to his first piano lesson at 12:30. Good job buddy! I'm so proud of you and how dedicated you are to learning and playing chess.