". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Top Ten

The United States Chess Federation has just come out with its December ratings list. (Ratings lists are published every two months.) Guess whose name is in ninth place among 16-year-olds? (Just to be clear, that's ninth in the nation.)

Yep, you guessed it. My son. Check it out.

This placement is particularly noteworthy because Trevor just turned 16 in October, so this is his first appearance on the 16-year-old list, period. To make his debut at ninth place is auspicious indeed.

I wasn't sure whether he had been in the top ten on any other age lists before. I know he's been pretty high. But he has had so many chess accomplishments over the years that I can't keep track of them anymore. So I had to ask. The answer was yes--this is the first time.

I think I can be excused for not knowing, since when it comes to my list he's always been number one. Congratulations, Awesome Son of Mine. You earned it, and I couldn't be happier for you.


Caitlin said...


Elephantschild said...

:-) I think I can feel the brain-power glowing all the way down here.

AmusedMomma said...

Wow! How awesome for Trevor!

I've given you a blog award. Please pick it up. There's a meme to go with it if you want to do it.

Jane said...

Wow! Very cool!

Karen said...

Congratulations! What a fantastic debut!

Rick said...


I'm wondering how many tournaments can one expect to participate in over a year?

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the congratulations, everyone!

Rick, he would love to play at least once a month, and that's what we shoot for, but we don't always succeed. Sometimes several months go by without a high-level tournament in our immediate area. We do travel several times a year (as you well know!) But the travel costs are always a challenge. That's why it's so nice to have friends spread across the country that we can stay with! :-)

Andrea said...

Congrats, Trevor! We here in the Rosen household are all very proud of you.