02 May 2009
The Hardest Lesson.
Emperor after the awards ceremony in his division. He didn't even get a ribbon and is absolutely devastated. It's hard to compete with some of these folks. There was a *cute* little girl there who had just turned three and played some chess with Emperor and Elf. That's the kind of competition they were up against (yeah, she mixed up the knight's moves and stuff like that... but still). Some of these children have been playing for years, and Emperor could hardly expect to get the trophy this first time when the competition encompasses two states. Even Patrick, who finished first in a regional competition last week, did not make the top ten. I think, though, that Emperor had worked himself up into thinking that since Patrick is always coming home with medals that somehow the trophy was his... that's how the mind works when you're seven. It's a hard lesson to learn. Here's hoping that he sticks with the game and is able to make the improvements he'd need to move up his ranking next year. Elf was a little sad, but not like this. Elf was able to win a game and genuinely feel sad for the player who lost against him. Emperor did not get that opportunity this time.