Marcus took part in another chess tournament for the school team yesterday. He played seven games against various ages, but it is organised so everyone is as evenly matched as possible. If you win your first game your second game is against another winner and so on.
Marcus had his best result at a tournament yet, with 3 wins, two draws and two losses. His two losses were pretty quick - he reported matter-of-factly "they were both four-move checkmates". The 1st time he fell for an old trick. Then his conqueror showed him how it worked. The next game while he was carefully looking out for "the trick", his opponent employed "the other trick".
He was given a very nice certificate for being in the top 25% of players. I can see that my days of beating him are numbered.