Yesterday, Josh competed in the Hong Kong Junior Chess Championship where he placed 12th out of 62 participants in his category. He won five games out of seven. The champion won all seven games; the first runner-up won six. The 3rd to 5th place winners all won 5.5 games. Everyone from the 6th place down to the 13th place won five games each. Josh’s good friend placed 4th.
Josh was very pleased with how he did yesterday. We were very happy for him, but it warmed my heart even more seeing how at peace he seemed to be with his results, knowing that he did his best. He was very happy for his friend; we stayed on for the award ceremony to cheer for his friend (only the Top 8 got trophies). Not once did Josh complain about not getting a trophy, not once did he kick himself for not having placed better. He even thanked each one of us (Chris, me, and Zoë) for taking time out and staying with him the whole day (9am-6pm!) during the tournament. He has definitely come a long way from when he first started playing in chess tournaments two years ago. Back then it was all about the hardware. He would get really down when he didn’t get any. Yesterday, all was right with the world. Everything was as it should be… and for that, I am grateful.