Abe’s first adult chess tournament and his big upset

Abe went to his first adult chess tournament about six months ago. The time control was about 60 minutes, all of his previous scholastic tournaments were no more than 30 minutes. So I asked him to slow down and to think before moving. From the paring sheets, I found out almost all players are way higher rated than him. I thought to myself, it would be tough tournament for Abe.

It was indeed a tough tournament, although I was told that my son was a good fighter, both of his first two rounds (against players rated 800+ higher than him) were quick losses. After those rounds, he cried and asked to go home, he said every one was better than him. I forgot what I said exactly but I tried to be supportive and told him our only purpose of this tournament was to learn from the experience. He said that he could learn nothing and kept crying, however, he agreed to play the next round. The next round he faced a player rated about 500+ higher than him, I thought he did his best since it was a longer fight than any game of his previous tournaments. At last he drew his opponent. It gave him new confidence and he played the last round too. Although the last round was a loss, I was happy for Abe. Now days, he can frequently win or draw adult players with a couple of classes higher than him. Maybe Abe learned some thing from his first adult tournament.

So I am a support of “having scholastic player play in adult tournament”, however, you are likely to found a crying kid or a kid with big upset. Frankly, I do not know if I can handle this kind of condition right, although it happened to me a couple of times. What is you suggestion?


3 Comments to “Abe’s first adult chess tournament and his big upset”

  1. By Anonymous, November 9, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

    I don't know exactly how old your son is, but he seems pretty young. For my son, who's 10 and a 1900 right now, when he was about 8, his coach recommended him to play in lots and lots of adult tournaments. So I took him there and he constantly got beaten and beaten. His rating dropped about 300 points, but after about a year, he improved dramatically.

    Being a chess player myself though, I find it sometimes very annoying for a much-lower rated player to play in a higher section, like for example, a 2000 playing in an under 2400 section, when there's an U2200 section. Try not to place your son too high up, but definitely give him a challenge. Good luck.

  2. By ChessDad, November 10, 2009 @ 8:38 am

    Thanks, suggestion accepted. Best of luck on your son's future endeavor.

    I think you must be proud to be a chess parent having such a bright son.

    Whenever possible, please come back and comment my blog, anyone reading the blog would appreciate to hear an expert's voice.

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