St. Louis Trip, Days 3 & 4, July 26-27, 2015
One part of the SPGI 2016 that I was most looking forward to was the bughouse championship. Susan Polgar had arranged so that I could play in all the side events, the family & friends section, and as a house player for the main tournament. I have over 10,000 bughouse games in on FICS, so I was hoping to do well.
Charity and I had planned on partnering for this event, but Charity didn't feel well, and ended up having to stay at our dorm. My youngest sister kindly consented to be my partner instead, since I really didn't want to be partnered with someone whose skills/style I would have no idea about.
I was surprised at how strong some of the other teams were. Of our opponents, Danitza Vasquez in particular played bughouse like a pro. Team Carson finished squarely in the middle of the field with 5 wins and 5 losses. The bughouse championship was won by team Arizona (Aiya Cancio and Rachael Eng).
The next day was the opening ceremony and the puzzle solving championship. The Webster University mascot came to greet everyone. Susan Polgar and others spoke, and she was presented with an award from the university. Members of the SPICE team who analysed games with the girls were recognized. T-shirts were given out to everyone, and a group photo was taken.
I'm not particularly gifted at chess-puzzle solving, so I finished with only 12 out of 20 correct. At 2 pm, the girls started Round 1. The family & friends section didn't start until the next day, so Papa and I headed out to tour the building across from the tournament location.
My sisters both lost their first games, which was sad, but understandable since they both played against much higher-rated opponents. After supper was the blitz championship. Refreshments were available at all times in case anyone ran out of energy mid-tournament.