In Finland, the youth event is much cheaper than in Canada. First, the registration fee is only around 15 euros. Second, the country is small and every playing venue is within driving distance of less than seven hours. The most important part is that you don’t need to pay for hotel expenses. No, we don’t live in a hotel; instead parents and chess players sleep on the floor of the school classrooms where the tournament is held.
The photo below shows the condition of the classroom as it was in the 2009 Finnish School Chess Championships. The school provides you with a mattress, and you bring other necessities for your stay. You take a shower in the bathroom of the school gym. We tried to make the stay more fun and adventurous for Qiyu, so we set up a tent for her in the classroom. She was not helping at all, because she could not put down a book she found in the classroom.