Rounds 4 and 5

Round 4
My team took 1/2 point. Daniel the capitan tied his game. Daniel’s dad played for me this morning.

My son’s team took 2 1/2 points. Bringing their total score up to 12 1/2.

Round 5
My round
I fought very hard as black against an opponent that was closer to my abilities, though still superior. I got so excited when I came within 1 move of putting a mate on him. There was only 1 possible move he could make to stop me. Unfortunately, he saw it too.

I had to leave before Daniel’s game was over. Our other two players lost their games as well.

My son’s round
He ended in a draw. There was some confusion as to whether it was really a draw, but both agreed to it and signed their scorecards before the parent of the other boy stepped in. Because I was playing, I did not get a clear understanding of what happened. I will ask the teacher at class tomorrow. His team won 3 1/2 points this afternoon. Their final score was 16 out of 20 possible points.

Results
My team took 3rd in our division with 2 1/2 (or maybe 3 or 3 1/2 with Daniel’s game this afternoon) points out of a possible 20. Our average rating was 1085. Those who were not rated had a given rating of 1000, such as myself. We played against teams with ratings of 1270, 1380, 1596 and 1849 with a bye in the first round. The teams with 1270 and 1380 ratings were in our division. We had fun and are working towards stronger skills as we play more.

My son’s team surprisingly did not take 1st in their division. They took second. The team that took first ended up being an 11 and 12 year old team. My son’s team consisted of 7 and 8 year olds. There were 6 total teams in their group. Because of the strength of the 7 and 8 year old team and the few number of teams, the tournament directors decided to lump all the children together. I am sure some parents won’t be happy with that, but I believe all the kids get a certificate just for playing. Awards ceremony will be in a week.

It was a good tournament. Somewhat disorganized, but had a home town feel to it. There is a tournament this next weekend that we will play in. It is just Saturday afternoon.

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