Greetings from West Des Moines, Iowa! Emperor is at the hotel room right now taking a whirlpool bath and celebrating his victories. He won first in the morning rounds and second in the afternoon rounds at the West Des Moines Youth tournament today. He won all of his games except for the last in which he drew. I have a new respect for Emperor as I entered the Parents and Friends tournament and lost. every. game. I just don't have that long-range concentration and thinking ahead and dealing with spectators thing that Emperor has honed. Imagine hanging onto board one all. day. long. and having people watch your every move from 9 am to 4 pm. Ok, I can imagine it a bit better now and know it is beyond me.