Category: life

Get ready for the travel soccer season

I asked Abe playing in quite a few chess tournaments this summer. The reason is a long story: He always excuses not to work hard (for example, doing puzzles) because he does not like it (or like it enough). One day he said he liked soccer. “Well, let him playing soccer, see if he would […]

Monday August 6th, 2012 in life, sports | 2 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 »

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 »

Michael Jordan and his high school coach

Recently, I read a moving article from Sports Illustrated about Michael Jordan’s  high school coach (“Did This Man Really Cut Michael Jordan?“), coach Herring. It’s he who placed Michael on the Junior Varsity team when Michael’s a sophomore and  too short to make the Varsity team.  But Michael made the Varsity team the following year […]

Thursday January 19th, 2012 in education, life, 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 »

Soccer season

Abe was very excited when he was making the school JV soccer team last week. He had been talking about making the soccer team several times even before the school started. It’s all new to him, like games and practices many times a week, like traveling with other teammates and the coach in a school […]

Thursday September 15th, 2011 in life, parents, sports | No Comments »

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 »

Two articles about then and now of Gata Kamsky

Gata Kamsky won the 2011 US chess Championship weeks ago, and advanced to the semifinals in 2011 FIDE  Candidates Matches for the world championship by defeating Veselin Topalov days ago. Maybe he will bring us another surprise later. I found an old article about the teenager Gata and his father and a recent article about  […]

Wednesday May 11th, 2011 in adult tournament, chess, life, parenting | No Comments »

A winter wonderland

For those who participated in the 1st North America Amateur Open last weekend at North Shore Chess Center, you probably agree with me at the title. I took some pictures last Friday night: It’s a pity if you missed it. By the way, there’s more snow falling the next day.

Monday February 7th, 2011 in chess, life | 1 Comment »

Snow, sweet snow

I am sorry for the people who have to work and drive today. They may not like snow at all. But for kids, snow is fun. Wow, it’s a big snow. They have waiting for it for days. Finally, it’s here. Even no school today and tomorrow—a dream came true?

Wednesday February 2nd, 2011 in life | No Comments »

The Smartest Guy Ever and Pushy Parenting

Abe went to a chess tournament last Sunday afternoon. The tournament was great for him as he played with several strong opponents. Although the tournament last until evening, it’s no problem for us since we were no far away from home. On the way back home, I believe, I heard an interesting story from the […]

Wednesday January 26th, 2011 in adult tournament, chess, life, parenting | 2 Comments »

No Resolution for this year

A year earlier, I made a New Year’s Resolution, but I did not achieve it. Upon looking back, I found that my resolution was so naive and silly. This year, instead of making a New Year’s Resolution of Abe’s chess improvement of x rating points increase, I found a better alternative — making no Resolution […]

Tuesday January 11th, 2011 in chess, life, parents | No Comments »

Not supposed to be

We just came back from a long (supposed to be) vacation. In fact, the vacation felt so short, I would say it last no longer than a chess game. Abe, I felt, was curious to everything on the trip, the farmers’ market was definitely different there: The land was poor, so were the people, but […]

Monday December 27th, 2010 in chess, education, life, parents, sibling, sports | No Comments »

Like stars on earth — every child is special

Abe did fine in last weekend’s chess tournament: 2010 Illinois All Grade Championship, he won four games against four lower rated players, lost one game to a higher rated player. In the game he lost, a delicate endgame was reached and both players played well and determined, as some observers told me. The game was […]

Monday November 15th, 2010 in chess, education, life, parenting | 4 Comments »

Three parties in a day

Abe went to three parties last Saturday. We went to two— the second one of his was a birthday party, we just needed to drop him off. So we left the first one early in order to make his second one, during the same time, we went to shopping to prepare the third one. We […]

Wednesday August 18th, 2010 in life, parents | 2 Comments »

2 3 4…

We were hectic; we had a full schedule for the July 4th weekend. On Saturday morning, we went shopping and prepared for the next day’s BBQ. In the afternoon, we watched some World Cup on TV. Then Abe, I and some of our friends drove to Ravinia Festival watching (listening to) a show: A Prairie Home […]

Wednesday July 7th, 2010 in life, music, parents | No Comments »