Wait Wait Chess Parents and Players! – A National Scholastic Tournament (National Youth Action 2009)

Last weekend, Abe and I went to the national Youth Action 2009 in Oak Brook, IL. About 500 kids competed there, since it is not uncommon to have both parents accompanying one kid, I think maybe more than 1000 people were in the hotel for that event.

The picture below shows the playing hall before the first round of the tournament. Since the players occupied most of the room, there is no much space left.   Parents were asked to leave the playing hall before the games. So I could not take a neat picture showing only the players and the tournament directors.

Chess playing hall-before 1st round

Chess playing hall-before 1st round

Some parents waited in the skittles room (shown below)

Skittle room-1st day

Skittle room-1st day

And some parents waited at the door of the playing hall (shown below)

parents-waitting-at door

parents-waiting-at door

The parents are constantly on the move, some parents were reading and analyzing the player standing sheet.

Parents-at-players standing board

Parents-at-players standing board

Sometime when paring sheet was supposed to be posted but had not, parents seemed quite impatient.

Parents-waitting-pairing sheet

Parents-waiting-pairing sheet

Parents were waiting and chatting for two whole days, the players had to wait too. It seemed they are ready for the following round, right?

Chess players waiting to get startted

Chess players waiting to get started

A parent gave a good luck wish to the player. Is it a big support? You bet.

Parents to kids-Good luck

Parents to kids-Good luck

During the lunch break, some kids played outside of the hotel,  nice weather!

some kids playing outside

some kids playing outside

When all nine rounds were over, it was the best time for kids to play with friends while waiting the Awards Ceremony.

Kids-play-no more rounds-wait 4 awards ceremony

Kids-play-no more rounds-wait 4 awards ceremony

Finally, the separation wall was moving, the award ceremony was here.  “Let’s go.”

Wall moving-awards ceremony is next

Wall moving-awards ceremony is next

You see, this National Youth Action is fun and would you please join us?

By the way, Abe did not perform well in this tournament  but hopefully he enjoyed the time and learned something(such as always to slow down) :)

Let’s have a final look at the playing hall, is it nice? See you next time.

Chess playing hall of National Youth Action 2009

Chess playing hall of National Youth Action 2009

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