First Course Served: Recapping the First Round of our Thanksgiving Chess Challenge!

(Therese and Daniel in total concentration)

As the first leaves of autumn fall, we kickstarted our Thanksgiving Chess Challenge on November 20th, an event that saw a cornucopia of talented players coming together in a spirit of friendly competition.

Eight masterminds, including the siblings Therese and John Paul Truong (who made their exciting debut), matched wits over the chessboard. After two thrilling rounds, Grant and Daniel emerged victorious, each winning their matches.

Daniel made quite the leap on the rating ladder, climbing from 9th to 5th after gaining 31 rating points on the night. We're all eagerly anticipating the chessboard duel when these two titans clash!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we want to thank all participants. We were especially heartened by Ava's comments about Grant's sportsmanship: "Grant was very nice and gave some analysis of some games. He also asked Leo and John Paul to play blitz, which was quite entertaining for all of us."

Let's keep the momentum going as we prepare for the 'leftovers,' the final two rounds on November 27th. Will the reigning victors maintain their lead, or will a dark horse emerge from the pack? We can't wait to find out!

The full crosstable of our round 1 results is attached below, and our club ladder has been updated. Join us for the next round and add adrenaline to your Thanksgiving feast!



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