Virginia Scholastic Chess Association Newsletter
November 23, 2016
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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We wish all of our players and families a happy holiday season!
Hopkins Scholastic at Hopewell (Grades K-12)
Registration is now open for the Hopkins Scholastic at Hopewell tournament, to be held
Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Hopewell High School in Hopewell. The tournament is named in memory of VSCA founder and longtime president Peter Hopkins. This will be the 24th consecutive year of scholastic chess tournaments at Hopewell High School, beginning in 1993.
Advance registration is online only, and closes at 7:00 AM Thursday MORNING, December 8.
Players are divided into four sections based on their grade in school:
Current membership in the U.S.
Chess Federation (US Chess) is required for all players. All sections are US Chess-rated.
- K-3 section (Kindergarten - 3rd grade)
- K-5 section (4th - 5th grade)
- K-8 section (6th - 8th grade)
- K-12 section (9th - 12th grade)
The entry fee is $10 for advance (online) registrations, or $15 for onsite registrations. Please read our
Tournament Check-in Policy.
Trophies will be awarded to the the top 5 individuals and to the top 3 school teams
in each section.
Please visit the VSCA website at
www.vschess.org for more tournament information and to register online.
What If It Snows?
Snow and other winter weather is always a possibility at this time of year. We make every effort to hold our tournaments
as scheduled, but occasionally we do have to postpone an event due to safety concerns and/or school regulations.
If we have to postpone a tournament, we will post a notice on the VSCA website
www.vschess.org as soon as a decision is made, and we will also email a notice to everyone who has registered.
Please register with an email address that you check regularly in case we need to contact you. If you have already paid your entry fee online, we will refund your payment if the event is postponed, or if you are unable to travel to the event.
Veritas Tournament Results
85 scholastic players participated in the Veritas Fall Scholastic Tournament, held at Veritas School in Richmond on November 19, 2016.
In the K-5 Not-rated section, Ben Parrack won the first place trophy with a perfect score of 5.0 points in 5 rounds. The host team from Veritas School in Richmond was the first-place team in K-5 Not-rated.
In the K-12 Not-rated section, Yijian Shen won the first place trophy with a perfect score of 5.0 points in 5 rounds. The host team from Veritas School in Richmond was the first-place team in K-12 Not-rated.
In the K-5 Open section, Anusree Marikkannan won the first place trophy with a perfect score of 5.0 points in 5 rounds. The host team from Veritas School in Richmond was the first-place team in K-5 Open.
In the K-12 Open section, Aaron Osborne won the first place trophy with a score of 4.5 points in 5 rounds. Maggie L. Walker Governor's School from Richmond won the K-12 Open first-place team trophy.
Congratulations to all of these players and to all of our other tournament participants.
Complete tournament results are available at
Richmond Metropolitan Grand Prix Tournaments
The Richmond Chess Initiative (RCI) and the Richmond Public Library are hosting a series of Saturday tournaments for scholastic and adult players. The next tournament is December 3, 2016 at the Richmond Public Library Main Branch. For more information, visit the RCI website at
Hampton Roads Scholastic Chess Club
The Hampton Roads Scholastic Chess Club, organized by VSCA Board Member Christina Schweiss, has merged with the Hampton Roads Chess Club and the Virginia Beach Chess Club, and meets on Tuesday evenings at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach. Scholastic players meet from 5:00 to 7:30 pm, and adults and advanced scholastic players meet from 7:00 to 10:30 pm. Meetings include training as well as rated tournaments. For more information, visit the chess club's Facebook page at
Maggie L. Walker Free Chess Clinics
The Maggie L. Walker Governor's School Chess Club in Richmond holds chess clinics at the school on one weekday evening each month from 5 to 7 pm. The clinics are free to scholastic players of all experience levels, from beginner to advanced. For further information and the date of the next clinic, visit the chess club's Facebook page 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 his analysis of an extremely interesting game from the Virginia Scholastic Championships in Ashburn.
Mr. Callaham is the CEO and founder of the
Richmond Chess Initiative, the coordinator and head coach of the Richmond Middle School Chess League, and currently coaches chess clubs at Binford, Boushall, Lucille Brown, Thomas Henderson, Albert Hill, and Thompson Middle Schools in Richmond, J. B. Fisher Elementary School in Richmond, and Tuckahoe Elementary School in Henrico County. Coach Callaham has also met with chess clubs at many other Virginia schools, and 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. Entry fees
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; entry fees may be higher for late entries. 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 to most Virginia Scholastic Chess Association tournaments. Some tournaments may have different registration schedules and/or entry fees.
To help start our tournaments on time, we have implemented a new check-in policy. Players who pay online do not need to check in at the tournament, but they must let us know if they are not coming. 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 U.S. Chess Federation (US Chess) membership is current if you are playing in a rated section.
- 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
US Chess Membership
Current membership in the U.S. Chess Federation (US Chess) is REQUIRED
in order to play in VSCA tournaments, except for sections specifically designated as not-rated.
In order to avoid delays on Saturday, please join or renew directly with US Chess at
Please do not mail a paper application form or check to US Chess, 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 US Chess members.
Please visit our website at
www.vschess.org for the latest news and information.