September 25th, 2004

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Chess Reading

This morning, I am headed to a chess tournament in Dallas. It's called the DFW High School Championships, which sounds scary and impressive, but I think these tournaments at the Dallas Chess Club have a cozy feel. The tournament is actually open to players K-12, despite the name, and the kids chat and play with each other in between rounds.

Chess tournaments are all day affairs: 5 rounds, no elimination, and about an hour to an hour and a half each round. So the wise parent brings something to do. I usually bring books to read. I am bringing:

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (dang, this book is dragging for me)
Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas
It's on the Tip of my Tongue (Word Retrieval strategies)
An Alfred Hitchcock Magazine

It's always good to have a variety, because you never know what you will be in the mood for, and you will probably want to switch around. Of course, I may find some nice chess parent to talk to and not read at all.