My son participated in his first chess tournament this weekend.  He just started playing a few months ago.  He’s really improved and beat his dad at a couple of games.  He finished eight out of 12 in the six years and under group (pretty good considering he just started and was one of the youngest kids).  I was happy to see that all the kids in that group were awarded trophies, including my son.  He’s now taking chess classes, and we’re planning to hire a private chess tutor for him at least once per week (hiring affordable private tutors is one of the nice perks of living in a place like Paraguay.  And plus, he’ll have his dad to beat as he gears up for another run next year.
For the shutterbugs:  I posted some photos from the chess tournament.  The girl in some of the photos is our son’s classmate and a good friend of his.  They look so cute together!

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at or contact him by e-mail at or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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  1. Mark's Gravatar Mark
    May 28, 2008    

    Your son is great !

  2. Daydreamer61's Gravatar Daydreamer61
    May 28, 2008    

    That is great! 🙂 My daughter is playing now too, in a school’s chess club.
    She entered a tournament too!

  3. Witzel's Gravatar Witzel
    May 28, 2008    

    OH, MY GOODNESS!  Such a smart kid – playing chess already?  He seems so mature than his peers.  And yes, he and his friends look SO cute together!  Those pictures are winners! 
    Haejin and the clan

  4. Cordelia's Gravatar Cordelia
    May 29, 2008    

    What a great thing ! Your son is going to grow up (is growing up) to be such an interesting person. It is really smart to get him playing chess since it is played almost everywhere in the world. He’ll always be able to join in a game, language barrier or no.  PS. I really enjoyed the "Paraguayan Moment" feature. Looking forward to more.

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