Long ago, in the Dark Ages, I played tournament chess in High School. After my high school years were over, I was sure that my chess playing days were over. Equipment and books were given away or lost as time passed on.

During the 1996-97 school year, the quiet of the pre-school hours was shattered at Hamlin as students thronged to the room of James Knoll to play chess. Having a little knowledge of the game I opened my room to the students overflowing into the halls due to the insufficient seating in Mr. Knoll's room. Soon, some of the kids asked about holding a tournament.

Having a little knowledge of the procedures, I told them I would set up and run a tournament expecting about 30-35 kids. 64 showed up! In the midst of running this tournament, held over two weeks during the pre-school hours, I was invited to attend the Optimist Coastal Bend Chess Federation dinner meeting. They were looking for people to work with and encourage kids in Scholastic Chess.

Having a little knowledge of the subject, I plunged in even deeper, and began working towards becoming a Tournament Director. Since that time I have become a Senior Tournament Director. In addition, Corpus Christi hosted the 1999 State Scholastic Championships March 12-14, 1999 and is preparing to host the State Scholastic Championships in 2002 .  In trying to prepare my kids for tournaments, I began to get the itch to play again.

Meanwhile, I am back playing tournament chess again. After entering a small club tournament and the 1997 Texas State Championship held in San Antonio, I an state that the bug is definitely back. Whoever said, "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing," sure knew what they were talking about! Interestingly enough, I tied for first in my class (CLASS D) at the Texas State Championships, run by the Texas Chess Association. Feel free to look at my games. They're not all good, but they are all there! Since this page was written, I returned and tied for first in CLASS C at the Texas State Championships.

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