Late June/early July saw the Morefield clan on a loooong car trip to Missouri for Laura’s bi-annual family reunion. To make it more manageable, we broke it up with stops along the way, notably in St Louis to see the famous Gateway Arch:
Later we took Jason to visit the St Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center, which was really impressive compared to anything similar here in Richmond (which is, basically, zilch). Lots of boards to play on downstairs and up, weekly classes and lectures, a nice chess-themed restaurant next door and just across the street is the World Chess Hall of Fame. Jason was pretty excited to visit the very room he’d seen in the live stream of the US Championship back in April.
Some friendly staffers agreed to sit down for a blitz game or two with Jason, then he got a real treat when Grandmaster and four-time US Champion Yasser Seriawan showed up to join them for a few rounds of bughouse.
While this was going on, Gracie and I took a walk around the block before settling down to a game of our own at one of the tables lining the sidewalk outside the Chess Club.
From St Louis, it was on to Tan Tar-A Resorts at the Lake of the Ozarks, where apparently I was too busy relaxing to bother taking any pictures. But anyway it was good catching up with family we hadn’t seen in quite a while, even if the temperatures were generally brutal.
On the way back, we broke up the ride again with a stopover in Louisville, KY and a trip to the Derby Museum.
After all that time behind the wheel, I was ready to chill at home, but Laura and Jason had only a day to unwind before hopping a train to Philadelphia for five days at the World Open 2016. Jason managed to win 7 of 9 games for a fourth-place finish in the Under 2000 division, and pushed his rating up to 2015, placing him at “Expert” status.
At this writing, the boys and I are gearing up for a week at Boy Scout Summer Camp, so the fun’s not over yet. I just checked the weather forecast to make sure we won’t be melting under a hot sun, and the good news is it looks like that won’t be a big concern. The bad news is that’s because we’re supposed to get rain 6 out of 7 days we’re there, and most of that involves thunderstorms. Yippee.