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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.


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Sep. 25th, 2004 07:06 am (UTC)
I'm rooting for my chess playing genius nephew, just hoping he slows down and moves after much deliberation, so that he can be a better player than me someday.
Sep. 29th, 2004 06:25 am (UTC)
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
Here's a tenuous connection: I was on the staff at Alfred Hitchcock in the 1980s and '90s as assistant editor (my name is Judy Downer). My former boss, the late Cathleen Jordan, was from the Dallas-Forth Worth area. I like the magazine. While it publishes quite a few established authors, it also has "discovered" a lot of previously unpublished writers. It was always a special pleasure whenever a story I picked out of the "slush pile" was accepted by the magazine.

I'm glad your son did so well and enjoyed himself at the tournament. My thoughts are with you as you commemorate your departed son's birthday.
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