Virginia Scholastic Chess Association Newsletter
July 5, 2012
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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Grafton Summer Scholastic Tournament (Grades K-12 and Adult)
Registration is now open for the Grafton Summer Scholastic tournament, to be held
Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Grafton Middle School in York County.
Advance registration is online only, and closes at 7:00 AM Thursday MORNING, July 19.
This tournament is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and also adult players, and includes both
rated and non-rated sections. Sections are based on the grade that the player attended in the PAST (2011-2012) school year.
The K-5 Not-rated and K-12 Not-rated (grades 6-12) 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. USCF members with a rating below 400 (K-5) or 800 (K-12) may play in the Not-rated sections if they wish.
The K-5 Open and K-12 Open (grades 6-12) sections are USCF-rated sections.
All players in these sections must be current USCF members.
The Open Quads sections are USCF-rated sections open to advanced scholastic players (USCF rating 1000+) and adult players. Quad entries will be divided into groups of 4 (quads) by rating. Each quad will play a 3-round round robin with a time control of G/60.
The entry fee for the scholastic sections is $7 for advance (online) registrations, or $14 for onsite registrations. The entry fee for the Open Quads is $20 for all players, whether registered online or onsite.
Trophies will be awarded to the top 6 individuals in each of the the four scholastic sections, plus trophies to the Top Newcomer (first VSCA tournament) in each of the two Not-rated sections, the Top Under 1000 player in the K-12 Open section and the Top Under 800 player in the K-5 Open section. There is no team competition at our summer tournaments; players from the same school may be paired against each other. There are cash prizes (no trophies) for the Open Quads.
Food and drinks will NOT be sold at the tournament. Please plan to bring your own lunch, drinks and snacks, or visit one of the nearby fast-food restaurants.
Please visit the VSCA website at
www.vschess.org for more tournament information and to register online.
Colonial Trail Summer Scholastic Tournament (Grades K-8, Advanced K-12 and Adult)
The fifth annual Colonial Trail Summer Scholastic tournament will be held
Saturday, August 18, 2012 at Colonial Trail Elementary School in Henrico County.
This tournament is open to students who have JUST COMPLETED kindergarten through 8th grade, with K-3, K-5 and K-8 sections. The tournament will also include Open Quads sections for adults and advanced K-12 players (USCF rating 1000+). 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. Online registration will be available beginning August 1.
Summer Chess Camp for Kids
A summer chess camp for scholastic players of all experience levels will be held Thursday, August 2 through Saturday August 4, 2012 at Brookland United Methodist Church in Henrico County (near Richmond). The camp is organized and conducted by VSCA vice-president Kate Brown and VSCA secretary Mike Callaham. For more information, please see the camp flyer at
It's Your Move!
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 and legible scoresheet (game notation). He will respond by email, and games which are especially interesting or instructive will be published on the VSCA website at
www.vschess.org/chess-resources/games. Mr. Callaham has just posted a great new instructional column for all skill levels,
Earning Secret Weapons.
Mr. Callaham currently coaches chess clubs at J. B. Fisher Elementary School and J. E. B. Stuart Elementary School in Richmond. He would like to visit as many other school chess clubs as possible on behalf of the VSCA. Mr Callaham has recently visited chess clubs at Westside Elementary School in Smithfield and Echo Lake Elementary School in Glen Allen.
Parents and coaches, if you would like to have Mr. Callaham visit your school club for a free simul, chess clinic or lecture, please contact him at
email@example.com. Be sure to provide contact information for the school chess sponsor/coach. This is a wonderful opportunity for your school to benefit from the help of an experienced chess player and teacher.
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.
Please note that the above information applies only to Virginia Scholastic Chess Association tournaments, and does NOT apply to the Virginia Scholastic and Collegiate Championships or other Virginia Chess Federation events.
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,
firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible 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 email or 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.