Marshall chess club championship
The 97th Championship took place in the middle of December over two weekends and finished just before Christmas. My flight from Vegas was delayed because of harsh weather conditions. Back then I did not realize yet that more obstacles on my travelling are still to come. The winter was in full swing. The two weekend format gave a lot of time to prepare because of limited number of participants. It was obvious that most likely all top players are going to play each other. The eventual tournament winner Aleksandr Lenderman took some early byes. So did Robert Hess. I had some shaky moments in the beginning when losing against Mathew Hermann in round three. This loss was really heartbreaking. Having computer evaluation more than +18 I managed to lose in mutual time trouble. Still after round five I was only half a point behind tournament leader Sergei Kudrin. We met in round six and because this game was in the next weekend I had a lot of time to prepare. Kudrin plays the same openings for years, so I had a lot of work to do.
In sport there is always a winner and draw outcome is considered weakness. In chess however the draw is result of perfect game by both players. It is boring result, but when first explaining it to young student you need to emphasize that it is a normal outcome. We are actually looking to benefit from the process not from the result. This is why they say that you learn more from your losses and you do not gain much from your winning games.
Where to start, if you like teach your child to develop some good character traits.