Today I arose at 6something a.m. for a business conference call. Then I went to the Airport Hilton for my chess tournament. I only scored 1 1/2 out of 5 games, but I was very happy with my play, giving a master, an expert and an A player a run for their money. I was pleased that my d pawn, Philidor, and Old Indian repertoire worked so well for me. I am getting good again, slowly but surely. But I need more killer instinct, and a better way with endgames. I saw an old chess friendly acquaintance from my LA days, with whom I exchanged Free Internet Chess Server handles for future play. I also met a nice fellow whom I beat in a good little game. I bought a digital chess clock, a carrying case and heavy tournament set to celebrate a good day.
I saved up enough "counting points" to be able to eat flame grilled chicken at El Pollo Loco, one of my favorite fast food experiences. I made another work telephone call, and now am struggling with my erratic, aged laptop, which needs replacing. It tends to change the cursor locale arbitrarily, giving it a wonderful random typing style.
I love it when everyone is kind at a tournament, and I play well. Some 127 people showed up for the big all weekend "main event", but I am glad I played in the "side event", which was 5 rounds in 5 hours. I am ready to face my work week this week, knowing I can face the masters without fear.