Saturday, February 28, 2009

That's my girl!

The Wasatch County Chess Tournament was today. Kelsey has been going to Chess Club at her elementary school for 1/2 hour after school once a week for about a month. She is a pretty smart chess player. Well, today she got to play in a tournament just here in town and our sweet girl tied for first place in the k-2 grade division. Here she is with her winnings - a super fun vinyl roll up board and some nice pieces, with 2 queens per color. Did you know you could play with 2 queens? Me niether, not until today when Kelsey won a second queen during one of her matches!



Every kid got to play 4 matches. It is pretty nice how they set the games up for the kids to play - they get matched to their own ability levels. Kelsey did a super great job. We are so proud of her. We do have a few things to work on though - in all 4 of her matches she let her opponent get down to just their king, while she had a bunch of pieces left. She loves to kill and take their pieces so much that she forgets she is supposed to put their king in check-mate!! Well, I am sure she doesn't forget, she just gets wrapped up in the slaughter of knights and bishops and such I suppose!




This is funny, here she is in her final match, the one she tied on. It is a little dark, sorry. We have got to teach the girl how to sit in a skirt! I think she gets so nervous and wrapped up in the game, she doesn't realize what she is doing. I also caught her with hair in her mouth! Yuck! She only does that when she is super nervous!



Another 'sit in a skirt' lesson! Shortly after this both Kelsey and her opponent just stood up for the rest of the game. They were the second to last ones playing - drawing it out!



Matt had to work in Roy today and he was so sad he missed the day with Kelsey. With Matt at work, that meant Kendal got to go with us. She did so well! We left the house at 8:15 and didn't get back until about 1:15. Kendal was super good to sit quiet with me and color and play Leapster and read and "dit a dink a wawa"over and over again.


6 comments:

mom said...

That is so cool,,,,,WAY TO GO KELSEY!!!!

Bednar Family said...

Congrats Kelsey! She'll have to come teach Susan to play one day. P.S. I seriously LOVE your ocean water activity. I think it needs to make an appearance at our house (it's been forever since I've let Susan swim in ocean water).

Jenny said...

Holy cow! That is awesome. I would think that I talk to you enough to know that Kelsey was going to be in the tournament, but I guess I need to call you more often! ;)

Jenn said...

Way to go Kelsey! I'm much older than her and I don't have a clue what each piece does. She amazes me.

Epperson Family said...

I would love to learn how to play chess. Do you think she would teach me? Way to go KELSEY!

Krista said...

Way to go Kelsey! What a smart girl! I don't even have a clue how to play chess, even though Rob tried to teach me once. Too confusing for me!

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