The 2012 Arizona Senior Open chess tournament was held in Tucson this past weekend.  My record of 3 wins and 2 losses included losses to John Irwin, who took first place with a 4.5-0.5 record, and Morry Holland, who finished second with a 4-1 record.  I started the tournament ranked number 5 out of 16 players and finished tied for 5th-6th.  Seniors are defined in this tournament as they are for U.S. Chess Federation events as being 50 years of age or older.  There were 6 players in their 50s, 8 in their 60s, 1 in his 70s, and 1 in his 80s.  I won the plaque for top senior 60 plus.  This event used a small conference room at the Palo Verde Holiday Inn.  Most of the larger ballrooms hosted a tournament bridge tournament.  My rounds ended early.  This allowed us to dine Saturday evening at the Old Pueblo Grill and to have brunch at Chaffin’s Diner Sunday.  An early departure from Tucson gave us the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent sunset on the drive back to Phoenix.  Unfortunately no picture.  Reds and yellows dramatically posed among serrated clouds as the sun set.  Before and after the literal sun setting the entire sky was a palette of pastels.

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