Virginia Scholastic Chess Association Newsletter
August 20, 2014
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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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Meadowdale Scholastic and Quads (Grades K-12 and Adults)
Online registration is now open for the Meadowdale Scholastic and Quads tournament, to be held Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Meadowdale Library in Chesterfield County (Richmond area).
Advance registration is online only, and closes at 7:00 AM Thursday MORNING, September 18.
This tournament is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade, 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. Trophies will also be awarded to the top 3 school teams in each of the scholastic sections. 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
Two VSCA tournaments are tentatively planned for October. We will announce the dates and locations as soon as they are confirmed. The next confirmed event is the Maggie L. Walker Fall Scholastic (grades K-12) on November 15, 2014 at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School in Richmond. For more information, visit the VSCA website at
Grafton Tournament Results
42 scholastic and adult players participated in the Grafton Summer Scholastic and Quads tournament, held at Grafton Middle School in York County on August 9, 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, Ethan Wu won first place for grades K-3 with a score of 3.0 points in 4 rounds. There were no Not-rated players in grades 4-5.
In the K-12 Not-rated section, Daniel Boachie won first place for grades K-8 by tiebreaks over Samuel Anderson. Daniel and Samuel each finished 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, Logan Schaefer won first place for grades K-3 by tiebreaks over Jacob Brittain. Logan and Jacob each finished with 3.0 points in 4 rounds. Franklin He 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, Aaron Osborne won the first-place trophy for grades K-8 with a score of 3.5 points in 4 rounds. Zach Wojcik won the first-place trophy for grades 9-12 with a score of 1.5 points in 4 rounds.
The winners in the two Open Quads and the Small Swiss section were Mr. Brian Williams, Jenny Gu, a 9th grader, and Luke Knoll, also a 9th grader.
Congratulations to all of these players and to all of our other tournament participants.
Complete tournament results are available 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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 on a trial basis. Players who pay online do not need to check in at the tournament. Please read the following brief instructions:
If you are registering and/or paying at the tournament:
- Check your payment status in the online Registration List
- Check to be sure your grade and school are listed correctly.
- If you have any changes or questions, email us at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.