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Back, now as a coach!

February 6, 2013

So, after the NY International in June, my life got taken over by a wedding and move, and then I kind of forgot about this blog. But in November of last year, I began coaching the St. Pius V chess team in Chicago. These kids started knowing little more than the rules, but in a few months of not too structured lectures, we have 5-6 kids in grades 4-8 who have tournament experience, and one 5th grade girl won the 1st place unrated trophy at the “Greater Chicago Scholastic Chess Championships”, K-6 U600 section last Sunday.

My only tournament since then was a 4 round rapid tournament in December, one of the Knight’s Quest series in Northbrook, IL in which I scored 2/4 with draws against 1500 and 1900 players, a win against a 2000, and a loss to a 2150.

So, more coaching and less playing (and no directing, though I’ll be running my own scholastic tournament in May).

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