Race against Time!
Scheduled to compete in the annual Shell chess championship game, my daughter Jerika is in a hurry. A windy 8th of August, 2009 and nearly a hundred participants from our municipality joined the annual Chess event. Pass 8am, I thought my Jerika was already late but alas, the driver was nowhere to be found. Around 9am a big bus arrived enough to accommodate the raging elementary and secondary student participants and their respective buddies. Off they go to SM city: the venue of the chess championship game.
Jerika won 3.5 games out of 4. Not bad for an amateur player. And since the championship is scheduled for two days for the 7 games, August 9 is another teeth-grinding day. The game is scheduled to start at 10am and the driver is again nowhere to be found: Already pass 8am. A furious me asked the head of the group where the driver is. The scheduled game is the final 3 and the venue is an hour ride from our municipality. Imagine the time to race? It’s already pass 8 plus another hour plus the traffic, blah, blah, blah…I’m fuming mad. I don’t want to waste the game, so we decided to commute (together with the other players who are also soon-to-be champions). I shouldered the transportation expenses. Off we go: 24 participants plus me and my two daughters, a total of 27.
Race against time
We took a half-filled jeepney fifteen minutes before nine. Remember, the final lap will start at 10:00am. Since the jeepney is doing lots of stop-overs (to look for more passengers), I decided to transfer to a big bus to race against time. A right decision indeed because we arrived pass 10am and again, we ran till we dropped.
Arrived safely and… won
We arrived at SM around 10:30 and the participants rush to their respective chess tables notwithstanding the pressure of being tardy. My Jerika managed a tie in spite her only 10 minutes remaining time. Imagine the pressure, but it’s worth it. My Jerika won 6 (5 plus two ties) games out of 7.