Sunday, April 21, 2013

Double Triumph at the Washington State Elementary Chess Championship

Double Triumph at the Washington State Elementary Chess Championship

Naomi wins 1st place!  And so does her school!


It was a double triumph for Naomi and her school!

Naomi won 1st place in her grade 4 category, winning all 5 games out of 5. She played stronger opponents due to her high rating and thus got better tie-break count than 3 other players with same score. Good job!


Her Spiritridge Elementary School won 1st team place in the 4-6 section, taking 23.5 points out of 25 possible (5 games x 5 top players).  First they took Nashville (SuperNationals 2nd place), then they take Washington (State Elementary 1st place)!




These great victories are our sweet reward for waking up at 4:30 AM in the morning to drive almost 3 hours to the championship venue, enduring the nerve-wracking wait for each game results and then the harrowing drive back late at night, while being a barely conscious half-sleeping zombie behind the wheel.  

Partial fainting in the parked car during the first and second rounds passed for the lacking sleep.  The greatest entertainment of the day was provided by the poultry show in a nearby pavillion.

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