After a tough week in school I started with a miserable 1.5/4 in the Intermediate section of the English Rapidplay Championships. But I managed to win both the junior and grading prizes by getting 4 points from the next 5.
It’s important to persevere when things are not going well as this builds character. My Dad has always insisted that I fight on in tournaments and never withdraw, even if I get fed up. This is a great lesson that can be adapted to many situations outside of chess.
My Dad came 4th in the Open with 6.5/9 and he himself bounced back after slumping to 4.5/7. His last round win was against International Master James Poulton: