After completing the first day of the Cedar Rapids Leatherjackets tournament, we spent the night at the DoubleTree. In the morning, we did some running on the sidewalks in town. We returned to the hotel and took the stairs up to our room on the 9th floor. But...we didn't stop there. The hotel has 16 floors, so we headed up to the top! Before long, I was thinking of A Stairway Chase on Studio C! I started out running, but by the last floor I was slowly walking. The view from the 16th floor was beautiful.
For lunch, we stopped at Mai Pho in Cedar Rapids, which is a favorite with my family because of their bubble teas and other sweet beverages.
As usual, I ordered chicken pho. I was happy to see the bowl of pho came with basil, bean sprouts, and lime--all the right flavorings. It seems every pho restaurant I've visited have one thing in common: large bowls. I definitely got my money's worth out of the meal with more than I could eat.
The restaurant had nice decor and seemed clean. Everything served was presented very tastefully, and my family enjoyed their orders.
The third round of the tournament I had a bye, but got to play an extra game against Jess Fiedorowicz (1228). He tenaciously held his ground. I had to fight to survive, and I couldn't get anything more than a draw out of the game.
The final round, I played Nathan Chen (1764). He outplayed me throughout most of the game and made it to the endgame with an extra pawn and a superior position.
Congratulations to James Neal, who won the tournament with 4.5 out of 5 points. As always, I enjoyed attending the Cedar Rapids Leatherjackets. Thanks to Jim Hodina and Robert Keating for directing and hosting a very nice event.
Read Sarah Faith's post about the weekend at her blog!