Category: chess

Some updates

A lot of things happened in the past several months. For the first time, David went to a chess tournament (unrated). He was happy going there, got a big trophy, happily taking pictures with it. Here is one if those pictures: Abe is still playing soccer, he is doing a good job. He had a […]

Tuesday September 24th, 2013 in chess, sports | 1 Comment »

Afterschool Chess for David

David went to Kindergarten this fall. He was so excited to be able to attend a school for bigger kids. This is a school his brother had been to, he also had been there before when his brother had some music performances such as this one I mentioned about two years ago. There is some […]

Friday September 21st, 2012 in chess, scholastic, sibling | No Comments »

A good summer

What a good summer vacation looks alike? How about this: Each day, first turning on the computer, checking and following the chess games on ICC, then a couple of soccer games(Euro 2012), then the NBA playoff at the end of day. That is one typical day for Abe. No wonder he was quite satisfied with […]

Thursday June 21st, 2012 in chess, life, sports | 3 Comments »


David, Abe’s little brother, likes to play chess from time to time. Some time he plays against computers, or against Mommy or me. He likes to set the computer to the easiest level, and we are easy enough to be worthy opponents for him to have some fun.  Abe teaches him a little bit of […]

Wednesday May 30th, 2012 in chess, life, sibling | No Comments »

A good game

It was cool, or a little cold, but I thought it was a nice day for playing soccer during last week’s game. Upon leaving, someone greeted us and said Abe was on fire. Abe tried hard in the field and running everywhere no matter it’s offense or defense and he was good at passing to […]

Monday April 30th, 2012 in chess, life, sports | No Comments »


Spring’s here. It’s the time for the kids to go out to play something. It does not matter it is riding bike or playing soccer, or playing some chess games. This was the picture I took at the hallway of the first floor of the tournament Abe played one week ago. It brought me a […]

Monday April 2nd, 2012 in chess, parents, scholastic | No Comments »

RIP Isaac

I was shocked to hear the passing of Isaac Braswell , whom we met many times at Evanston Chess tournaments. He was always very funny, brought laugh to every one around him. He was nice to everyone,with respect, with no single bad word,  it makes you warm in heart. Abe was somewhat shy in the […]

Wednesday March 14th, 2012 in chess, life | No Comments »

US Amateur Team North 2012

Last weekend, Abe and I went to USAT held at the same venue as last year. Since we went to the same tournament last year, it’s only a short drive to get there, Abe did not have any objections to it (he prefers tournaments close by and on the weekends when he has no school […]

Tuesday February 21st, 2012 in adult tournament, chess | No Comments »

Why did I found Reapot (

I copied my story from the company website ( Back in January 2011, our founder, Zeke, went to a chess tournament in Chicago. There was a book vendor there selling chess books and other chess equipments to people at the tournament.  While Zeke was browsing chess books, a guy came in and asked the vendor, […]

Wednesday December 7th, 2011 in chess | No Comments »

CCSCSL Thanksgiving Open

Several friends have told me how great the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis was and I should visit it with Abe sometime. Weeks ago, knowing Thanksgiving Open would be held over the Thanksgiving weekend there, without hesitation, I registered Abe for the tournament. I am excited to go see the club except […]

Thursday December 1st, 2011 in adult tournament, chess, parents, sibling | 1 Comment »

A Chess Dad’s view on keeping chess teenagers to chess

I have heard or seen many teenagers who quit chess when they are in middle or high schools.  These promising young chess players stop their chess improvements at early ages, which are usually best time for people to achieve their full talents in chess. On the other hand, in middle or high schools, there are […]

Friday November 18th, 2011 in chess, education, parents | No Comments »

Found it!

Yesterday, waiting outside the chess playing hall at a chess tournament, I looked outside of the window and thought: “Fall was not bad and it’s a nice day outside”. When Abe showed up after finishing his game, I asked him, “Did you see any birds outside?” I asked him this question because I missed their […]

Monday November 7th, 2011 in adult tournament, chess, life, parents | No Comments »

A bad tournament

Last Saturday, Abe had a bad tournament; he scored 1.5 points out 4. On the way to home, he said his face was so red (so he could not think calmly). I replied “Maybe you are over-excited (to rush)”. He had so many school activities this year. Every day, before dinner, he just got home […]

Wednesday October 26th, 2011 in adult tournament, chess, life, parents | No Comments »

Unexpected after playing a scholastic chess tournament

Abe cried loud before going to bed last night. He did not have a bad tournament and was one of the top finishers of the section. But he said he wanted to be the winner of his section. I remembered he never said wanting to be a winner of any chess tournament before.  The winner […]

Tuesday October 11th, 2011 in chess, scholastic | No Comments »

6th Annual Susan Polgar World Open for Boys and Girls is only one week away!

If you have kids, who want to play chess in a scholastic tournament, you may want to consider this one. If the kid is just a beginner, it’s fine, he/she may get a free USCF membership, and this one is a good first one for the kid to treasure. If the kid is experienced, let […]

Friday September 30th, 2011 in chess, scholastic | 1 Comment »

School and Chess

Summer is over! Although not officially, but I can realize it since Abe could not sleep as late as he wanted anymore. In the last week or so, he had to get up at around 7 am. At evenings, he seemed had much more homework than last year and he also had to go to […]

Wednesday August 31st, 2011 in adult tournament, chess, life, parents | No Comments »

Best usage of cash prizes kids earned from chess tournaments

Last week, when I received the check for the cash prize in the tournament I mentioned, I did not tell Abe right away. On one hand, I think I should give the whole cash prize to Abe since he earned it from chess tournaments. He earned the money and he should be able to decide […]

Monday August 1st, 2011 in chess, life, parenting, parents, sibling | 1 Comment »

Luck stroke again

Last weekend, Abe played in Chicago Class chess tournament.   I put him playing up one class since Abe, most often, plays better against slightly higher rated players —plays worse against lower rated players. I guess  his concentration plays a big roll in his performance. He concentrates more when playing against high rated players; he makes […]

Monday July 18th, 2011 in adult tournament, chess | 1 Comment »

“Played like a Child”

Over the long July 4th weekend, Abe played in the FIDE Continental America’s Amateur Chess Championship. He had a so-so performance with an even score (3.5 out 7).   After the first day’s games (he scored 0.5 point out of 2), on the way home, he said he’s winning in the second game, then he […]

Tuesday July 5th, 2011 in adult tournament, chess | No Comments »

Is better to watch your kids playing in a tournament?

Abe played at Chicago Open last weekend. He scored one win, two draws and four losses. Yesterday, after looking at computer analysis showing he made mistakes here and there in his games, he told me he did poorly at the tournament. I think it’s a good learning experience for him. Since the slow time control, […]

Wednesday June 1st, 2011 in adult tournament, chess, parents | No Comments »