Last weekend in Leipzig the yearly city championship for kids U8 - U18 took place. Although my younger son Julian is only 8 years they both played in the U12 division as he is already qualified for the upcoming district championship in the U10. This means he had to play one division up this time and he took this as an opportunity for training against stronger players.
Time control was 60 minutes for the game which is for kids already quiet a long time. The first matches were usually already over 5 minutes after the round started. Good thing is that no match is decided by time trouble.
My kids did very well. After 5 games little Julian was leading the U12 but lost then game 6 against his brother after a long exhausting fight and then also game 7.
Finally Jonas, my elder son, did win the division and Julian finished 3rd. So for both a very successful tournament. Julian is with the 3rd place now additionally qualified for the U12.
For me it means I need a week vacation in February when the district championships in U10 and U12 take place. But time for my kids is never wasted.
|Jonas vs. Julian Petzke, duel of the brothers in Round 6 at board 1|