Monday, January 3, 2011


Prateek took 16th place out of 105 players in the U1700 section of the NORTH AMERICAN OPEN! His final score of 5 from 7 even took him into the top finishers circle and his rating is now 1695... so he will not be playing in that section for much longer! Time to move up! Congratulations lad, chess well played all the way!

- Chess Coach Sean Tobin.

Chess is less painful and a lot more fun than Boxing...


Sadly this is what happens to all chess coaches someday... just ask Robby Adamson!

I did not take very many photos as the NORTH AMERICAN OPEN - but plenty of other folks sure did! Thank you Radhika! A prize photo - I was caught a bit off guard and surprised when Prateek turned our fighting pose into a knockout punch pose! Someday he - as will several of my other students - knock me out OTB! Which is rather less painful than a real knock-out!!! When those days come along - I will gladly tip my King. Being checkmated by former students is just their way of saying "Job well done, Coach!". Of course I will attempt to put that off for as long as possible! : )

- Chess Coach Sean Tobin.