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If all goes well today, there will be a barrage of postings as I clear out the
backlog. It was a busy week and I just didn't have time to touch up and post
some photos from various events:

  • The chess tournament last weekend
  • Some informal game playing with the family
  • A game night we held last Wednesday
  • A wrestling tournament yesterday
  • Some more game playing this weekend

Let's get things started with the chess tournament.

Here I am giving a pep talk to the team before our first round of matches.
Julie and Laurie Hill are the other two coaches. The kids were all very

Nick Rowlands (right) stares down his opponent. Nick, one of Jacob's best
friends, is a tough competitor and a very strong chess player. He and Jacob
were on the team that one the bronze medal.

The unspoken truth about scholastic chess tournaments is that most of the time
is spent waiting. And waiting. What was especially frustrating about this
match was that the unrated division had to wait until the top division
finished their matches, often creating a 1.5 - 2 hour gap between games.