Virginia Scholastic Chess Association Newsletter

September 21, 2009

This newsletter is sent to families who participate in Virginia Scholastic Chess Association tournaments. The VSCA is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to promoting scholastic chess in central and southeastern Virginia. Please email to subscribe, unsubscribe or change your address.

Moody Scholastic Tournament (Grades K-12)

Wednesday is the last day to register in advance for the 10th annual Moody Scholastic tournament, to be held Saturday, September 26, 2009 at George H. Moody Middle School in Henrico County. Advance registration is online only, and closes at 7:00 AM Thursday morning, September 24.

This tournament is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Players are divided into 4 sections based on their grade in school: Trophies will be awarded to the the top 5 individuals and to the top 3 school teams in each section.

Current membership in the U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) is required for all players.

Please visit the VSCA website at for more tournament information and to register online.

Want to be a Tournament Director?

The VSCA is an all-volunteer organization, and we need your help to staff our events. At the present time we need additional Assistant Tournament Director (TD) volunteers to supervise tournament games, verify game results and answer rules questions. Each TD is certified by the U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) according to his or her experience level. New volunteers must become familiar with the USCF Rule Book before they can be certified, and will work closely with our veteran TDs to gain experience. If you are interested in volunteering, or would like to find out more about it, USCF Associate National Tournament Director Mike Hoffpauir will present a TD seminar at 8:30 am on September 26 before the Moody Scholastic tournament. Mike is the Chief Tournament Director for most of our VSCA tournaments and regularly works at USCF national scholastic events. Those who attend the seminar will be able to work for one or two rounds at the Moody tournament under Mike's supervision to see what the job involves. The only advance requirements are a general knowledge of chess rules, patience and a willingness to work and learn. If you are interested in attending the seminar, or have questions, please email Mike Hoffpauir at so that we can get an approximate head count.

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