Virginia Scholastic Chess Association Newsletter
June 7, 2011
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Spratley Gifted Center Scholastic (Grades K-8)
Wednesday is the last day to register for the Spratley Gifted Center Scholastic,
organized by the
Virginia Chess Federation (VCF) and scheduled for
Saturday, June 11, 2011 at the Spratley Gifted Center in Hampton, Virginia.
Advance registration is online only through the VCF website, and closes at 7:00 AM Thursday morning, June 9.
This tournament is open to students in kindergarten through 8th grade, and includes both
rated and non-rated sections.
The K-3 Not Rated and K-8 Not Rated (grades 4-8) sections are strictly for fun, and are designed primarily
for beginning tournament players. Games in these sections are NOT RATED by the
U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) and players do NOT need to be USCF members. However,
USCF members with ratings below 300 (K-3) or below 500 (K-8) may play in these sections if they wish.
There is no team competition in the Not Rated sections.
Trophies will be awarded to the top 5 individuals in each Not Rated section.
The K-3 Open and K-8 Open (grades 4-8) sections are USCF-rated sections.
All players in these sections must be current USCF members.
Trophies will be awarded to the top 7 individuals and to the top 4 school teams in the K-3 Open and K-8 Open sections.
www.vachess.org/spratley.htm for information and to register online.
Grafton Spring Chess Festival Results
67 scholastic players participated in the 4th annual Grafton Spring Chess Festival scholastic tournament at Grafton Middle School in York County on May 28.
In the K-3 section, Carter Patten won the first-place trophy with a score of 4.5 points in 5 rounds.
New Castle Elementary School from Virginia Beach won the K-3 first-place team trophy.
Harsha Srijay won first place in K-5 with a perfect score of 5.0 points. Hampton Roads Academy from Newport News won the K-5 first-place team trophy.
The K-12 section (grades 6-12) featured a four-way tie for first place. Vadim Barnakov won the first-place trophy by tiebreaks over
Divij Rajesh, Jenny Gu (a fifth grader playing up) and Duncan Guthrie. Each of these players finished with
a score of 4.0 points in 5 rounds. Short Pump Middle School from Henrico County won the K-12 first-place team trophy.
Congratulations to all of these players and to all of our tournament participants.
Complete tournament results are available at
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