Believe it or not, January 16 was National Dragon Day. Coincidence? I am now a Silver Dragon (Silver Creek High School) and I just taught my chess class the Sicilian Dragon, so why not a Sicilian Dragon tournament on the national day to honor dragons? When chess clubbers showed up for our usual meeting, they were treated to a 4 round tournament using the fierce defense.
|Otto Olson plays Quentin Van Law|
Theme tournaments are good teaching tools and it moves some players that have "their opening" out of their comfort zone and into other realms. Our chess club hosted this tournament at our usual chess club time and featured faster time controls (G/15) but allowed enough time for some forethought during the game. The opening we played was:
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6
Billy Olsen and Sarah Biggers
Journey Iverson and Layton Moore
Wesley Brimstein and Andre Murphy
|A sharp game that ended with a fallen flag.|
|Wesley plays Tyler in the final game while Andre eagerly watches.|
Otto Olsen and Noah Sorensen with Noah's dad observing.
In a great example of sportsmanship, Noah cordially tells his opponent, "You played a really good game." His opponent Otto shook hands and respectfully retreated to his dad, Billy. As this was the last game and all the high schoolers were watching, we knew Noah would love it if we all clapped and he beamed, "That was the best game, Mr. Porth."
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