|Warming up before the tournament. She was so excited!|
|Got her game face on.|
|Willow explaining some rules to her first opponent.|
But it was soooo hard for me to keep my mouth shut. The first girl Willow played in the tournament Willow had in check several times, and she never pointed it out. And the girl never noticed. At one point, Willow could have moved one piece and had the girl in checkmate, but she didn't seem to notice. Instead, she moved a different piece and destroyed her set-up. She eventually won, but only after taking every piece the poor girl had on the board and chasing her around a bit.
Ditto with the other games. It wasn't just Willow who was making weird choices and not noticing openings. These are all just beginning chess players and so of course they aren't going to see a lot of stuff. But it got so hard to keep quiet that I eventually went and sat down on one of the couches, dug out a book and read, because I just couldn't stand it. Apparently, I have a tendency to be like one of those loud, bossy soccer moms. Who'd a thunk? I had to bench myself.
It will be interesting to see what her next tournament will be like, since it will be boys and girls playing. Willow is very excited and can't wait for the next one. She goes to practice twice a week and she is learning loads and having fun. Color me a proud mama. :)