Sunday, May 31, 2015

Our Time at the National Chess Championships (Spoiler Alert...We Came Home with a BIG Trophy)

I didn't really want to write this post.  Generally I'm not a fan of vacation recap, look at our trip posts. It's just not my thing. 

I will never subject anyone to 1000 pictures of our trip to the Grand Canyon.  And not just because we've never been to the Grand Canyon. 

However, when I made my 7-post promise I couldn't think of anything else, so here we go. 

 I'll try to make this as painless as possible. 

And, if you want to skip...I TOTALLY understand. 

A few weeks back we took Greta and John to the National Elementary Chess Championships.

It was fun/not-fun.

To tell you the truth, I'm not really the vacation type.  I don't enjoy sight-seeing and not having access to my own kitchen stocked with all my healthy foods I like to eat. 

I don't like long car trips or hotels.  And to be honest, I'm not a huge fan of waiting around at chess tournaments.  Because unlike other sporting events (yes, I did just say that chess is a sport), you can't actually watch the kids play. Although to be honest, I would find that totally boring as well.  

It's a lot of waiting.

And, I'm afraid to say the waiting can be a bit nerve-wracking. Confession-time.  I'm THAT mom and I care just a bit too much whether my kids win or lose.   There were A LOT of THAT moms and dads and chess coaches there.

However, John did come away with this!

That my friends, is the 12th place trophy which was actually a tie for 3rd place in K-1 section.   You see in chess tournaments you play a certain number of games (this one had 7 games). Everyone who won 6/7 games tied for 3rd place.  (The first place won all 7 games and 2nd place won 6.5 games).   

The tournament was held at Opryland in Nashville.  And since Ben is from Music City (although he HATES country music), we had free lodging with family.

So off we went, packing  little clothes but tons of food since we had to be at the hotel just about all day, every day for 3 days straight and eating out all the time is not in our budget.

In between rounds, we spent a lot of time in the indoor (thankfully air-conditioned because it was 90 degrees outside) garden at Opryland. 

Picture ambush ahead.  

Couldn't resist the selfie under the sign with my name.

That  stuffed tiger is Hobbes.  Obviously named after the famous comic strip character. John took it into play all his games.  Guess Hobbes gave him some good luck. 
That is pretty much all there is to tell.   It was a fun family time, but we were all more than happy to get home again.  
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