With my new job keeping me hopping, I seriously considered not attending the Cedar Rapids Leatherjackets March 4th-5th. However, it's one of my favorite chess tournaments. The accommodations are always top-notch, and I have an attendance record to keep. This year was my 7th in a row participating. The FIDE-rated tournament was held at the Physician's Clinic of Iowa, directed by Jim Hodina, and hosted by Robert Keating.
My parents and youngest sister had a 10K to run in Garrison, so they dropped me off at the clinic early. I helped set up boards, and then played some blitz games against Richard Rector to warm up, as my chess skills have gotten a little rusty. My sister took a half-point bye in round 1 in the Reserve section, and joined me after she finished running the 10K.