Well, it's my blog, so I should be allowed to indulge myself once in a while. On Bank Holiday Monday I had some brief respite from the campaign to take AJ to the North Yorkshire Chess Championship in York. There were children from all over the county, and beyond, competing - AJ was in the U7 category, although he played in a group containing 8-year olds too.
James played chess competitively when he was at primary school too, so I was prepared for the long, long day. There can lots of pressure on some very young shoulders at these events, and it was a great shame to see a few children in tears after results didn't go their way.
Fortunately, AJ treats those twin imposters just the same, and was relaxed about his 2 defeats. Nonethless, he won 4 matches (including a nail-biting decider at the end) as so was crowned the North Yorkshire champion (or Supremo in chess-speak). He's now qualified for the regional finals in Manchester in early July.
Meanwhile, I'd like to be able to write about James' national swimming achievements - but he's banned me from talking about it on the blog. No matter - I'm as proud as punch of both of them.