|Darwin and Tyson (with Fred watching)|
Desmond was convinced to come and play, as well, even though it was "his night off." Desmond now plays better than me and his games were complex and still displayed growth. He can compete fully with the experienced players and he downed most of the veterans, scoring 4.0/6.0 points. Fred, Dave, Barry, and Gary have to be on their guard but can achieve victory if they win a piece against Des. Des gives in when he goes down in material as he likes to see the path to victory and uphill battles are a nuisance.
Liam was our 7th player and Mom needed to be convinced that he could handle playing at this level. He is a rookie that loves the camaraderie that traveling chess players exude. He performed great and learned much, despite not winning a game. His victories included learning the etiquette and nuances of a tournament. He has only participated in scholastic tournaments (occasionally, as he is in Taekwondo and misses a lot of chess opportunities) and was no worse for the wear after 3 hours of blitzing into the night.
These are my players and I love to travel with them and see their antics, trials, and tribulations as much as I like playing the game myself.