Abe’s played in a chess tournament last Saturday, won the second place.
Since the entry fee’s only five dollars, we didn’t expect any prizes. However, in the end, we were told that the park district had prepared some gifts for the winners. Several of the top performers, including Abe, got surprise prizes. How nice!
Here Abe is playing chess. David, his little brother and Mommy also came along with him, they are at the farmers’ market nearby.
Abe’s post event rating is 1700, as he guessed during the tournament. Although chess ratings should not be overly concerned, Abe’s rocky journey in terms of rating changes in the past four months is still of interest to me. In April, over a span of two weeks, he unexpectedly shot up his rating from 1515 to 1720. Unfortunately but not unexpectedly, his rating took a dive in the following two months to a 1554 . Then he spent the past month climbing back to 1700.
Abe played quite some tournaments recently, even during his valley. I think that more tournaments might accelerate his dive, and also accelerate the happening of his coming back. Anyway, it is summer, Abe has time playing more tournaments.
More ups and downs are waiting ahead. Get ready, it’s a fun ride.
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