Friday, April 5, 2013

SuperNationals - Day 1

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.

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