Virginia Scholastic Chess Association Newsletter

December 14, 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. Please email to subscribe, unsubscribe or change your address.

We wish all of our players and families a happy holiday season!

Have Your Tournament Game Analyzed!

VSCA secretary and Class A player Mike Callaham has generously offered to analyze and comment on VSCA tournament games which players send him. If you have a game that you're proud of, or a game where you feel you could have played better, and would like Mr. Callaham to take a look at it, all you need to do is send him a copy of your complete scoresheet (game notation). He will respond by email, and games which are especially interesting or instructive will be published on the VSCA website. For more information, and to see Mr. Callaham's commentary on one of his own more memorable games, visit the VSCA website at

Upcoming Events

The first VSCA event of 2012 will be the Old Donation Center Winter Scholastic, to be held at the Old Donation Center, a Virginia Beach elementary school, on Saturday, January 21. The tournament is open to scholastic players in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade, and will have K-5 and K-12 USCF-rated sections for experienced players, and K-5 and K-12 Not-rated sections for beginning players. In addition, the Virginia Chess Federation will host an Open Quads event for adults and advanced scholastic players at the same location. Online registration will be available on the VSCA website beginning the first week of January.

A scholastic chess calendar of Virginia and national events for the 2011-2012 school year is available at

Hopewell Tournament Results

56 scholastic players participated in the December 10 Hopewell Scholastic tournament, held at Hopewell High School in Hopewell. Hopewell High School has hosted at least one scholastic tournament each year since 1993, and has hosted two tournaments in many of those years.

In the K-3 section, Sanjana Dasari won the first-place trophy with a score of 4.0 points in 4 rounds, the only perfect score of the day. River's Edge Elementary School from Henrico County won the K-3 first-place team trophy. Four players tied for first place in the K-5 section. Sathya V won the first-place trophy by tiebreaks over Nate Doggett (playing in his first tournament), Kaustav Rajesh and Gunateja Guruvelli. Each of these players finished with 3.0 points in 4 rounds. Colonial Trail Elementary School from Henrico County won the K-5 first-place team trophy. The K-8 and K-12 sections were combined, with separate awards. Nicholas Gu won the K-8 first-place trophy by tiebreaks over Andrew Liu. Nicholas and Andrew, both fourth graders playing up, played to a draw in the last round and each finished with 3.5 points in 4 rounds. Moody Middle School from Henrico County won the K-8 first-place team trophy. Pranav Neyveli, a sixth grader playing up, won the K-12 first-place trophy with a score of 3.0 points in 4 rounds. The host team from Hopewell High School won the first-place team trophy for K-12.

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

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