Virginia Scholastic Chess Association Newsletter

December 22, 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.

Holiday Note from the VSCA President

As VSCA President, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for taking part in our VSCA tournaments in 2011 and hope you will continue to participate in 2012. We have a good line-up of tournaments on the calendar for the last half of the 2011-2012 school year. And, as always, you can find out what's going on in Scholastic Chess by visiting our website at

The annual state championships will be held the weekend of March 17-18, 2012, in northern Virginia. The Virginia Chess Federation ( plans to release details on the event location and format soon after the first of the year.

The VSCA has one "hole" to fill on our event calendar in February. We are looking for someone to host a tournament in the Richmond area during the weekend of the 4th or the 11th. If you are interested in hosting a tournament at your school during this time period, please contact me by email ( or phone (757-846-4805) as soon as possible so we can discuss the possibilities.

If you're in need of a last-minute chess gift for that special player (or for yourself), let me suggest a couple of ideas. First, the USCF is having a 20% off sale through December 24th, 2011. Go to the USCF Website (, and after you complete your order, enter the code BIGSALE to get your 20% discount. Also, USCF Membership rates are changing effective the 1st of January ... so use the Holiday time to renew your membership(s) before they increase.

Last, in closing, the Officers and Board of Directors of the VSCA wish you, your family, loved ones and friends a safe and happy Holiday Season ... and best wishes for a fruitful 2012.

It's your move ...

Mike Hoffpauir
Virginia Scholastic Chess Association

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