Your goal was achieved, as you trained well and succeeded with your time improvements on white boards, returning to the stage and prevailing ... but a little transposition kept you from winning the prize that everyone knows you don't need. Technicalities ... schmechnicalities.
I have a 12 year old son who excels in math. Whenever he gets an answer wrong at his age and level, its only because he answered too quickly and didn't go back and check his work before handing it in. No matter how often I chastise him that math tests/quizzes are not a race, and he doesn't always have to beat his other competitive classmates, and that the winner is not the first one done but the last one (because the last one kept checking his answers again and again) ... he continues to occasionally fall from grace and make a mistake (sometimes a simple transposition or the like).
As I lay him down to bed tonight, I told him the story of the greatest puzzlemaster who ever lived and how he lost the 2009 US Sudoku championship because he finished first but didn't check his work before finishing. He understood the morale of the story as soon as I finished it. We chuckled about it unfortunately at your expense, but it will forever act as a tool for me to reinforce a lesson for him to abide by in the years ahead. Thank you for sharing.
Truth be told, you were in a competition where speed is almost everything. Sh%^&t happens, and this year it did. Take your strong whiteboard performance and abilities on the road and represent your country at the World Championship.
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thesubro (thesubro) wrote on October 25th, 2009 at 01:21 am