Virginia Scholastic Chess Association Newsletter

March 11, 2011

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Virginia State Championships (Grades K-12 and College)

This is the last week to register for the Virginia Scholastic & Collegiate Chess Championships, organized by the Virginia Chess Federation, to be held on Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20, 2011 at Grafton Middle & High Schools in Yorktown, Virginia. The state tournament will feature two separate events: the blitz championships at 6:00 pm Friday evening, and the main tournament on Saturday and Sunday. The blitz tournament will have five double-blitz rounds and three sections: K-5, K-12 and Collegiate. The main event will have six rounds and five sections: K-3, K-5, K-8, K-12 and Collegiate. Details and online registration are available now on the Virginia Chess Federation website, State Ch/Home10-11.html.

USCF Annual Elections

Mike Hoffpauir, President of the Virginia Chess Federation, has informed us that as of March 1st, only 74 of Virginia's 1293 eligible voters have registered to vote in the next U.S. Chess Federation executive board elections. Current USCF members who will be age 16 or older by June 30 are eligible to vote, but you must register by March 31st. Ballots will go out in the June edition of Chess Life. To register, go to your record at, where you will find a link to register.

Manchester Scholastic Results

82 scholastic and adult players participated in the 4th annual Manchester Scholastic tournament, held at Manchester Middle School in Chesterfield County on January 29.

In the K-3 section, Nick Failon won the first-place trophy with a perfect score of 5.0 points. Collegiate School won the K-3 first-place team trophy. In the K-5 section, Jensen Morales won the first-place trophy by tiebreaks over Harsha Srijay. Jensen and Harsha each finished with 4.5 points in 5 rounds. Three Chopt Elementary School won the first-place team trophy in K-5. The K-8 and K-12 sections were combined, with separate awards. Justin Wilck won the first-place trophy in K-8 with 4.0 points in 5 rounds. The host team from Manchester Middle School won the first-place team trophy in K-8. Alex Abramenko won first place in K-12 with 4.5 points in 5 rounds. Fork Union Military Academy won the K-12 first-place team trophy. Will Overman won first place in the Open section with a perfect score of 3.0 points.

Congratulations to all of these players and to all of our tournament participants. Complete tournament results are available at

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