Hello all -
Mr. Burke here. Day 1 of SuperNationals V in Nashville is in the books. John Michael won both of his games today, so he is off to a good start. There are 203 players in the K-6 Championship section, which typically leads to higher rated players playing down against lower rated players in the first few rounds of a tournament. John Michael is the 5th seed in his section - his opponents today were both rated about 500 points lower than him, so he was definitely heavily favored to win both games (he was the equivalent of a 14-17 point favorite in a football game) and he took care of business. 5 games left - 3 tomorrow and 2 on Sunday. Tomorrow will be a long day - games at 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Games should get more challenging as the tournament progresses.
The Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center is huge - you need a map to get around. The playing hall where John Michael is playing is big as well - holds around 2000 players. It is jam packed - 5200+ players in this tournament. Hope to get some pictures up tomorrow, time permitting. This tournament has a much different feel than the World Youth. Instead of 1 game per day for 7 days, there are 7 games packed into 3 days in this tournament. Sleeping and eating are at a premium. By the end of the day, we all pretty much pass out, so the updates won't be as lengthy this time around...
Will be back tomorrow night with another update.