Saturday, January 28, 2012

Chess and Ducks

Larkin had his second chess tournament today. Jeremiah took him to his first one, so this was my first time to take him. Unlike the first tournament, we didn't know anyone there, so it was kind of confusing for me at first, but everyone there was very nice and helpful, so it ended up going smoothly. There were a lot of kids there and 28 in Larkin's division.

First game was over in about ten minutes. Larkin lost.

Second game was fun to watch. I couldn't see the board very well or the pieces being taken by either of the boys, but I could see Larkin's face, and that was plenty. He started out so confident, as you can see in the picture below, but then his opponent captured his queen and his whole body language took on a completely different demeanor. But after a while, he suddenly perked up, moved two pawns across the board to gain two queens. I didn't even know you could have two queens. Neither did his opponent, but the moderator okayed the move and Larkin went on to win the game.

I was glad for the sunny weather and sent the kids out to play in between games.

He ended up winning 3 games, losing 2.

Admiring the trophies with the other boys.

Accepting his trophy for 2nd Unrated.

Larkin really had a great time and was thrilled that he earned a trophy.

Afterward, we had a picnic at a little park.


  1. Way to go, Larkin! What a great skill to be learning!

  2. Wow! That's awesome! What a pretty park too! Love the pics in your header!