Virginia Scholastic Chess Association Newsletter
November 27, 2011
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.
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Hopewell Scholastic Tournament (Grades K-12)
Registration is now open for the Hopewell Scholastic tournament, to be held
Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Hopewell High School in Hopewell.
Advance registration is online only, and closes at 7:00 AM Thursday MORNING, December 8.
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.
- K-3 (Kindergarten-3rd grade)
- K-5 (4th-5th grade)
- K-8 (6th-8th grade)
- K-12 (9th-12th grade)
Current membership in the
U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) is required for all players.
Please visit the VSCA website at
www.vschess.org for more tournament information and to register online.
Echo Lake Scholastic Tournament Results
85 scholastic players participated in the fifth annual Echo Lake Scholastic, held at Echo Lake Elementary School in Henrico County on November 19, 2011.
In the K-3 section, Arya Shah won the first-place trophy with a perfect score of 5.0 points. Colonial Trail Elementary School won the K-3 first-place team trophy.
The K-5 section had a five-way tie for first place. Sathya V won the first-place trophy by tiebreaks over Sabrina Shisbey, Kyle Phillips (a first grader playing up), Gunateja Guruvelli and Robert Shisbey. All five players finished with 4.0 points in 5 rounds. Colonial Trail Elementary School won the K-5 first-place team trophy.
Nathan Wu, a fourth grader playing up, won the K-8 section first-place trophy by tiebreaks over Caleb Currier, a fifth grader playing up. Nathan and Caleb each finished with 4.5 points in 5 rounds. Moody Middle School won the first-place team trophy in K-8.
Congratulations to all of these players, and to all of our tournament participants.
Complete tournament results are available at
Other Upcoming Events
A scholastic chess calendar of Virginia and national events for the 2011-2012 school year is available at
Tournament Registration and Entry Fees
Advance registration for VSCA tournaments is ONLINE ONLY at
www.vschess.org, and closes at 7:00 AM on the Thursday before the tournament.
In order to accurately process entries, we cannot accept mail,
phone or e-mail registrations. The advance registration entry fee of $7
may be paid by mail (preferred) or at the tournament.
Players who do not register before the 7:00 AM Thursday deadline can register at the
tournament between 8:00 and 8:45 am on Saturday, but they will need to pay
the late entry fee of $14. Players who register later than 8:30 am on Saturday may or may not
be paired for the first round, depending on the number of late registrations.
In order to help us complete registration and start our tournaments on time,
please check in at the registration desk
by 8:45 am, even if you have mailed in your payment.
This will minimize the number of names that we have to call in order to check
attendance, and will also allow our volunteers to close registration and balance
the books earlier.
Players arriving after 8:45 am (8:30 am if you have not registered
in advance) will risk not being paired for the first round.
If you have registered online, but later find that you will not be able to attend,
email@example.com by Friday night so that we can withdraw your name.
If you have to change your plans at the last minute and will be absent or late,
please try to let someone else know so they can tell us at registration.
Current membership in the U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) is REQUIRED
in order to play in VSCA tournaments, except for sections specifically designated as non-rated.
In order to avoid delays on Saturday, please join or renew directly with USCF at
Please do not mail a paper application form or check to USCF, since this may cause delays
in processing your membership. If you are unable to join or renew online,
please plan to fill out a membership application at the tournament. You can check membership status at
www.uschess.org/msa. The U.S. Chess Federation maintains a
national database of ratings (relative playing strengths) for adult and scholastic
players. In order to update the ratings following each tournament, all players in the tournament must be current USCF members.
Please visit our website at
www.vschess.org for the latest news and information.