Twenty, Twenty, Twenty-Four Hours to go

…I wanna be checkmated

The Ramones had a humble and unique embracing when it came to losses, that’s the only way we can learn and grow.  Other musicians taught us valuable lessons about chess.

Senior GM Andrew Tang is the one to beat, continuing his dominance on the Scholastic scene, Taking after DJ Khaled, all he does is win, win, win, no matter what

If you are reading this, it has been quite a pleasure and a joy watching your ascension to Grandmaster, Andrew.  Play on!

On the other hand, my opponents say I am just like Halsey, because I Always make the same mistakes, yeah I Always make the same mistakes ’cause, I’m bad at chess…But you cant blame me for tryin’

Eight years running, but some hearing this for the first time.  Players, coaches, and parents have admitted to me that they have sung this in the shower the morning before the State Scholastic.  I do too.  Why refer it to “chess thing?”  It comes from this scene in Searching for Bobby Fischer   Without further ado, I present to you John Denver with some final advice to you for this weekend.

[Chess] bags are packed and ready to go
And notation, and pencil, chess clock, ect.

I’m standin’ here outside your doorI hate to wake you up to say goodbye
Did you preregister?  Get some extra rest then.

But the dawn is breakin’ it’s early morn’   The taxi’s waitin’ he’s blowin’ his horn
Probably feels like being a cab driver at times, eh?  Just remind them who keeps a roof over their head. 

Already I’m so lonesome I could die
Chess is not a spectator sport for most people, many find time chatting with fellow parents and really getting to know one another.

So kiss me and smile for meTell me that you’ll wait for me
Flattered, but I don’t know all of you that well.  I won’t whisper sweet nothings into your ear.   Maybe, I will ever so softly squeeze your shoulder, but nothing more!

Hold me like you’ll never let me go
They sure grow up fast, don’t they?

Cause I’m leavin’ for a [chess thing]; Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go,
Congrats Seniors, and to all of you embarking on a new chapter in your lives. 

There’s so many times I’ve let you down; So many times I’ve played around
Many games are decided because of playing too fast or creative dancing, will it happen to you?

I tell you now, they don’t mean a thing;  Every place I go, I’ll think of you
Every song I sing, I’ll sing for you; When I come back, I’ll bring your wedding ring
Your Scholastic Coordinator would much rather  accept a dark roast, no cream no sugar

Cause I’m leavin’ for a [chess thing];  Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Awards will take time to figure out Sunday, your patience will be rewarded!

Oh babe, I hate to go
See you all this weekend!  Good luck to all

Jiten Patel
www.mnchess.org
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