Virginia Scholastic Chess Association Newsletter
July 31, 2014
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 and Quads (Rising Grades K-12 and Adults)
There is one week left to register for the Grafton Summer Scholastic and Quads tournament, to be held Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Grafton Middle School in York County.
Advance registration is online only, and closes at 7:00 AM Thursday MORNING, August 7.
This tournament is open to students who will be entering kindergarten through 12th grade this coming fall, and also adult players, and includes both
rated and non-rated sections.
The K-5 Not-rated and K-12 Not-rated (grades 6-12) sections are designed
for beginning tournament players (first, second or third chess tournament, with exceptions on a case-by-case basis). Games in these sections are NOT RATED by the
U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) and players do NOT need to be USCF members.
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.
Please read our
New Tournament Check-in Policy.
Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 individuals in grades K-3 and to the top 3 individuals in grades 4-5 in the K-5 Not-rated section and the K-5 Open section. Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 individuals in grades K-8 and to the top 3 individuals in grades 9-12 in the K-12 Not-rated section and the K-12 Open section. There are no team awards at our summer tournaments. There are cash prizes for the Open Quads, with no trophies or team competition.
Please visit the VSCA website at
www.vschess.org for more tournament information and to register online.
Other Upcoming Tournaments
The first tournament of the new school year will be Saturday, September 20 at Meadowdale Public Library in Chesterfield County, with K-5 and K-12 Not-rated and Open (rated) sections, and Open Quads for adults and advanced scholastic players. For more information, visit the VSCA website at
Chess Day in the Park
The Hampton Roads Scholastic Chess Club, organized by VSCA board member Christina Schweiss, is hosting their second Chess Day in the Park on Tuesday, August 12, 3:00-7:30 pm at Shelter 1, Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach. For more information, visit the club's facebook page at
Summer Chess Classes
Championship Chess RVA is hosting chess classes at the Atlee Library in Hanover County on August 18-21. For more information, visit the Championship Chess RVA website at
Updated VSCA Tournament Rules
The VSCA Board of Directors recently voted to adopt a revised version of the
VSCA Tournament Rules, effective September 1, 2014. The revisions align the rules with current practice at VSCA tournaments. The major changes include: (1) home-schooled players, (2) responsibilities of the VSCA and tournament organizers, (3) tournament sections, (4) registration procedures, and (5) electronic notation devices.
Eastern Shore Tournament Results
27 scholastic players participated in the Eastern Shore Summer Scholastic Tournament, held at Kiptopeke Elementary School in Cape Charles on July 26, 2014.
The K-5 Not-rated section and the K-5 Open section had awards for the top players in grades K-3 and grades 4-5. The K-12 Not-rated section and the K-12 Open section had awards for the top players in grades K-8 and grades 9-12. There are no team awards at our summer tournaments. The K-5 Not-rated and the K-12 Not-rated sections were combined, with separate awards.
In the K-5 Not-rated section, Wrenn Hadden won first place for grades K-3 with a score of 2.0 points in 4 rounds. Colin Edsall won the first-place trophy for grades 4-5 with a perfect score of 4.0 points in 4 rounds.
In the K-12 Not-rated section, Adam Wirth won first place for grades K-8 with a score of 3.0 points in 4 rounds. Kimberly Yu won the first-place trophy for grades 9-12 with a score of 2.0 points in 4 rounds.
In the K-5 Open section, Andrew Rousseau won first place for grades K-3 by tiebreaks over Yash Saxena. Andrew and Yash each finished with 3.0 points in 4 rounds. Jonathan Cagle won the first-place trophy for grades 4-5 with a perfect score of 4.0 points in 4 rounds.
In the K-12 Open section, Joseph Cagle won the first-place trophy for grades K-8 by tiebreaks over Joshua Yu and Malik Harrison. Joseph, Joshua and Malik each finished with a score of 3.0 points in 4 rounds. Lucas Knoll won the first-place trophy for grades 9-12 with a perfect score of 4.0 points in 4 rounds.
Congratulations to all of these players and to all of our other tournament participants.
Complete tournament results are available 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. For complete details, visit the VSCA website at
www.vschess.org/chess-resources/games. Mr. Callaham has recently posted an analysis of his own games in the June 2014 Virginia Senior Open.
Mr. Callaham currently coaches chess clubs at Thompson Middle School in Richmond and Tuckahoe Elementary School in Henrico County, and he has visited many other Virginia schools. He would like to visit as many other school chess clubs as possible on behalf of the VSCA.
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.
Visit Us on Facebook
Check out the VSCA Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/vascholasticchess, managed by parent and board member Christina Schweiss.
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 scholastic advance registration entry fee of $7
may be paid online through PayPal (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 9:00 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.
The entry fee for Open Quads sections is $20 for both advance registrations and on-site 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 start our tournaments on time, we are implementing a new check-in policy this summer on a trial basis.
If you are registering and/or paying at the tournament:
- Check your payment status in the online Registration List
- Check to be sure the grade listed is the one you will be attending this fall
- If you have any changes or questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are paying online:
- The Registration Desk is open 8:00-9:00 am
- Check in and pay by 9:00 am in order to be paired for Round 1
- Orientation for new players and parents is at 9:00 am, and the first round begins at 9:30 am
- Pay by 5:00 pm Friday so that we can record your payment and update the Registration List
- If you are marked Paid on the Registration List, you will be paired, and you do not need to check in at the Registration Desk
- Orientation for new players and parents is at 9:00 am, and the first round begins at 9:30 am
- If you are not coming, email us at email@example.com or text 804-387-5689 by 9:00 am on Saturday (no voice calls, please), and we will refund your entry fee
- If you don't come and don't tell us, your opponent will be left without a game, your entry fee will not be refunded, and you will need to check in at future tournaments
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 rated sections of a tournament must be current USCF members.
Please visit our website at
www.vschess.org for the latest news and information.