As it has for some years now, Labor Day weekend in our family means not the last hurrah of the summer but the first major tournament of the new chess season. So for the third day in a row I will be driving the chess Expert in my house up the road to the Illinois Open (so far he has three wins and one loss--the loss to one of the top seeds in the tournament). I don't mind it--I have been catching up on my reading and doing some planning for the new school year. But I have to admit I am also a bit stressed out right now by all the other tasks that are not getting done this weekend and that will be even harder to tackle later this week as the schedule reverts to "normal." I'm trying to remind myself to keep breathing.
If you would like to get a taste of how I have spent my weekend, click on the video below. It was taken not at the Illinois Open but at the U. S. Open in Dallas earlier this month. If you fast forward to about the 2-minute mark in the tape, you can see a few minutes of Trevor. And yes, he won this particular round. :-)
HT: Susan Polgar