|Mar-09-13|| ||Bobby Fiske: I just visited a chess club for the first time in 30 years. Yes, its 30 years ago but it felt like yesterday. The usual venue (a classroom or some other public place for loan) the row of tables with boards, pieces and clocks. And all the tension and excitement in the air prior to the first round!|
But this time itís not me, but my kid who is about to make his debut.
|Mar-09-13|| ||WannaBe: Did he win? Was it a tournament? Quad? Swiss? =)|
|Mar-09-13|| ||Bobby Fiske: Yes, he played a 6 round Swiss. (When I was active, back in the late 70s, we used to call it Monrad. I guess it is more or less the same).|
My son is 7yr. As a baby he toddled around me feet when I was playing online blitz. Later he got curios seeing his dad glued to the laptop every time Magnus Carlsen plays a tournament. (To my wifeís despair, time controls in European tournaments usually happens around dinner time. And the end game drama usually takes place when it is time to put the kids to bed).
So, one glorious day he asked me to teach him the rules. Oh, happy me! He has made reasonable progress and is very keen. I think I will be able to rescue him from being taken by soccer. But I gotta act fast, before summer soccer season starts up.
|Mar-10-13|| ||moronovich: Conratulations on your new forum <Bobby Fiske> !|
Iīll be back later.
While we are waiting for friday to arrive;) It usually does.
|Mar-10-13|| ||Bobby Fiske: Thank you very much, Moron!
Introducing my son to chess got me so excited that I felt the theme deserved a dedicated forum.
Everybody is of course welcome to comment, both on-topic and off-topic.
|Mar-10-13|| ||Bobby Fiske: TOURNAMENT #1
Playing a Swiss open for the first time in your life is rather merciless. In round one my son was completely outplayed by a superior kid. In second round he was mated in 6 moves, in a variation of the Scholar's mate. (White played Bc4, Qf3 and mated on f7 after pushing g4-g5). At least the quick end allowed us a visit to the cafeteria for a pep-talk and a consolation waffle with strawberry jam. I had two, my son none. (He being cooler than his father is a good sign).
Before the next round I wanted to teach him everything I knew about chess, but realized that in 10 minutes you can achieve nothing, except being positive and cheerful.
Round three and Caissa were finally on our side. His first victory. A landmark win! His opponent didnít have a clue and my son took all his pieces one by one and managed to check mate in the end. I have noticed that the kids, when having the upper hand, they are not capable of finding a quick mate. They just continue eating all the opponents pawns and pieces, till there is only the bare king left. Then they mate, eventually. -Rather tortures if you think about it.
Opponent number 4 was several years older than my son. He didnít play any better, but he had learned to push the clock. My son reached the end game with K+Q vs. K, but was not able to find the decisive move. I think he overlooked mate in one at least 10 times. Then he ran out of time, because he often forgot to push the clock. I curled my toes in despair, but could not say anything of course. In the end he flagged but got the draw since his opponent only had the King left.
Then followed another draw and a loss in the final round. 2/6 score and last place. But all in all he had enjoyed himself and to my relief he wanted to sign up for next tournament. And next time, I told myself, we are going to be prepared!
|Apr-20-13|| ||Bobby Fiske: When writing this, itís Saturday morning and only 3 hours till next tournament starts!|
Team Fiske have prepared well since the disastrous tournament several weeks ago.
First of all I picked up a proper full-size chess set to replace the midi-size amateur set my son got for x-mas when he was five. Also I bought a clock, which we have used every time we play at home. At age seven they struggles to remember pushing the clock after each move, but now I am quite convinced he has got it into his fingers.
But the best move was downloading a Mate-in-1 app for the iPad. My son got very excited about it and he has solved all 200 puzzles (with some help on the tough ones). The app is intuitive and well made. At $1 this is tremendous value. It quickly replaced Angry Bird as his favorite game on the iPad.
Finally we have honed his opening preps, incorporating the Scholarís mate. -How to mate quickly with white and how to avoid it as black. This system is mandatory to prepare for, since almost <every kid> at this level plays it, he-he.
OK; mum is preparing lunch box and we do a final repetition before heading for the tournament venue. Cross fingers!
|Apr-20-13|| ||Bobby Fiske: BREAKING NEWS: Team Fiske will receive support from a GM throughout the entire tournament. What a psychological blow for our opponents!|
|Apr-20-13|| ||Bobby Fiske: TOURNAMENT #2
Grand Mother must have had a positive effect on todayís games! A generation ago she was present when her son was playing, now she watched her sonís son sitting quiet and concentrated with his game. She was however, mildly worried about me taking it too seriously. But I told her that while it was important to win, we are still in the comfort zone having fun and not dwelling too much with the losses.
After 2 losses against clearly better players, in R3 my son won convincingly against an even opponent. He even mated him with a nice combination, saying MATE! so loud that the whole hall turned their heads.
Being on a roll he won 2 more consecutive games and reached 3/5 before the final round. His last opponent was a 3 years older kid. My son played white and mated him in 4 moves with the Scholarís mate! 4/6 and winner of his group, it earned him a gold medal now proudly placed above his bed.
Seems we really are doing progress now. Heeey Ė Magnus didnít even know the moves when he was this age. Sky is the limit!
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