Fail #1. Make sure you do not register your child during a freak snow storm as they may not have received it.
Success #1. I miraculously had $40 in my wallet to register him on site.
Fail #2. Apparently chess and soccer use a DIFFERENT nomenclature wherein U1000 does not mean under 10, it means under 1000 points ranking.
Fail #3. When you tell the teenager registering you that you don’t even know what it means to be ranked, do not assume that they will take upon themselves to suggest that perhaps your son is in the wrong division.
Fail #4. When your son sits down across from a teenage girl do not simply muse to yourself,”Gee, she doesn’t look under 10.”
Fail#5. Always bring a pillow as your ass will start to ache around the 4th hour of sitting in the cafeteria waiting for the games to finish and the next rounds to begin.
Success #2. I had plenty of reading material, nearly read an entire 300 page book: The Language Wars and intermittently indulged in Beware of Pity (my new favorite author, Stefan Zweig)
Success#3. Young female opponent of round 1 reports that your son did quite well against her, even had the upper hand for a moment in the beginning.
Success#4. I did not murder the infuriatingly self indulgent event organizer who dragged the medal ceremony out as long as humanly possible.