– from Julie Hapeshi
The third day dawned and at least the clouds had lifted, even if the sun didn’t make much of an appearance, making it a pretty chilly day. We were simply grateful that at least it had stopped raining. The team have very quickly settled well into their eating, sleeping, coaching and playing (chess) routines, showing all the signs of consummate professionals, taking their task of representing England very seriously.
Each day, as time nears for the 4pm round start time players and parents head off, like the military on manoeuvres, for their next sortie into battle. They return at varying intervals during the late afternoon and evening (or well after dark in some cases) to be checked-in by their coaches to assess for successful “hits” and hopefully not too much collateral damage. Today is no different.
We started the day with a number of players on maximum points – could they hang onto their 100% records?
In the under 7s Haolin Zhao, playing on board one, won a nail-biting game (ask his Dad, who was watching online) to remain on 100% (3/3) and Aditya Verma in the under 9s won an impressive game to remain on 100% (3/3). Well done boys!
Tomorrow will be a tough day for players and supporters – a double dose of chess starting at 10am and then another round at 5pm – but we are all up for the challenge.
Keep following our journey during the day via the twitter feed: @ECFWSCC2013