From last Tuesday to last Thursday, Abe played at the 2010 Pan American Open chess tournament. Since the playing site was only a little more than an hour’s drive away, I decided to drive each day instead of staying at an hotel there. The driving was not bad at all— on both ways each day, there was no snow, no traffic and Abe could take a nap. I was glad Abe could stay awake during the games. Luckily for me, I could take a short nap during reading at the skittles room in the afternoon. It went like this, after the nap, I got up to check Abe’s game at the playing hall, the game was still not half way yet. So I could go back to skittles room to continue my reading. After a while, I would get up and check Abe’s game again. I, like many other chess parents, walked between the chess playing hall and the skittle room several times during a game. It might be Abe’s preference for him to see me from time to time and helping him with small things such as pointing to the bathroom or pouring some water in his cup. In this tournament, maybe still adjusting the time difference of last vacation, I achieved taking a nap in the skittles room for the first time.
Another first, I was surprised to find out, was Abe achieved being one of last few players finishing the last round. He played for more than four hours in the game. After two hours and a half, I told myself that I should be happy with Abe’s effort no matter what’s the result. After the game, I thought: “In almost all of previous chess tournaments, Abe always use less then half of the allotted time. Today, I would guess he left the game with only minutes on his clock, and he finally was patient enough to be one of the last few players finishing the round.”