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Happy National Chess Day!

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.


  1. Congratulations!,
    Two trophies!
    (Good try on the parents tourney. I'm not very good either)

  2. Congratulations Emperor!!! That is fantastic!! Way to go!!

  3. that is fantastic! Congratulations, Emperor!

  4. Many congrats! I think that is one thing that I love the most about homeschooling, that our kids tend to excel in things that we barely understand. It amazes me that my kids can read music and understand programming code, and I never had the capability to teach them either. The same goes with Emperor and chess. May he continue to amaze you.


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