|Olivia records a move|
|Austin likes his new opening repertoires|
|Emmett calculates during the opening.|
John Nahlen educates students.
Students are able to get 1/2 a credit if they take the course for 9 weeks, or a full credit if they sign up for the semester. Our quarter ended today and to celebrate and provide something special, I brought John Nahlen, a computer programmer for Smith Optics, Inc. and nearly a scholastic state champion (2nd place 2005 Idaho Scholastic Championship), for a simultaneous exhibition yesterday. This would be good for John and the students that participated. John's primary game is bughouse, and he has even developed a bughouse database on the internet but he still is a strong player.
|This class taught beginner's how to play|
|Ty plays while Kalen observes.|
|Tommy gets nervous.|
|John plays the Italian game in all his games.|
In the post-game show today during class, I asked students what they thought about the experience. Some noted how serious John was - some noticed how he seemed "pissed" when they made a bad move. Others described how nervous they were, and their feelings when they made a mistake. As this was the first competition for all but one of them, I explained that experienced players really know how to capitalize on a blunder, but they are willing to share better moves, as John did afterwards. As this class houses mostly beginner's, this was a valuable experience for those that played and an interesting one for those that watched.
|Students will remember their first competition!|
|John Nahlen shakes Alex's hand, "good game."|