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April 19, 2013

Chess tournaments a family affair in Cooperstown

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“They have a rule that they keep siblings away from one another until the finals, so we haven’t had to deal with that yet, thankfully,” Brian said.

It may happen soon the way the children play. The Guzy’s living room is filled with chess trophies. But even better than the hardware, is the affect the game has on the children, according to Suzanne.

“It really is a great way to teach them to be patient, and to be observant,” she said. “A game can last up to four hours so we have taught them to sit and watch.”

“For blunders,” the children volunteered in unison.

“Yes, it is called blundering,” Suzanne continued, “when you make an error and give up a piece for no reason.”

There’s not much blundering going on from these players. However, they all know rule 20.

“I teach all of my students rule 20, right guys,” Brian said, “which is no annoying behavior while your opponent is thinking.”

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