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Changes to US Chess Federation Junior High Nationals

November 21, 2019

Announcement from the United States Chess Federation regarding changes to the structure of the Junior High Nationals:

In June 2019, the Scholastic Council formed a subcommittee of the Scholastic Committee to examine the current structure of the Junior High Nationals. This nine-person subcommittee from across the country examined data from the last four years and discussed the impact of any proposed changes, including projections of both section and grade restructuring. Their extensive report recommended a two-step process: (1) Immediate move to one K-9 Championship section and adding new class sections; and (2) Effective no earlier than 2022, the intent to transition Junior High Nationals to K-8. 

Key findings:

1. New class sections are immediately needed that will increase opportunities for all eligible players rated under 1700 and encourage the growth of chess at Junior High Nationals at every level. Meanwhile, the new championship section can be more competitive and ideal for all the top players and teams in the country. This restructuring would be consistent with previous section changes to the National High School in 2015 and National Elementary in 2016, which added new class sections to reflect the increased competition at all levels of the game.

2. Restructuring into one K-9 Championship section is more appropriate given that the event did not have a significant number of 9th graders and the current size of Junior High Nationals. Keeping the two championship sections with the addition of a higher class section would result in sections that would be too small.

3. An immediate change to one K-8 Championship section, thereby making Junior High Nationals K-8, would not be fair to the current field of participants without proper notice. 

4. Since the Junior High Nationals were first created, more middle and junior high schools around the country have transitioned to going up to only 8 th grade.

Based on the recommendation of the subcommittee and further discussion at the 2019 U.S. Open, the first step of restructuring the event as outlined below was recommended by the Scholastic Council and approved by the Executive Board and is effective for the 2020 Junior High Nationals: 

K9 Championship

K9 U1700

K9 U1400

K9 U1100

K9 U900

K9 U700

K9 UNRATED

The second step toward transitioning Junior High Nationals to K-8 sections is actively being discussed and is intended to be effective no earlier than 2022 Junior High Nationals. The subcommittee will remain active during this transition.

If anyone wants further information on the process or would like to provide feedback, please reach out to the chair of the Sections subcommittee, Daniel Rohde, at Daniel.G.Rohde@gmail.com , who will circulate any feedback to the subcommittee and the Scholastic Council.

14-year-old R Praggnanandhaa crowned under-18 chess champion

October 14, 2019

“Praggnanandhaa scored an impressive and unbeaten 9/11 and he ended with a performance rating over 2700.

(Photo: Twitter/Chess.com India)

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ChessKid To Attempt Chess World Record With GM Judit Polgar

September 1, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Palo Alto, Calif., Aug. 28, 2019—The world’s largest chess website for children will team with the greatest female chess player ever in an attempt to set an official Guinness world record for world’s largest chess tournament, the site announced today.

GM Judit Polgar, the strongest woman to ever play the game of chess, joins ChessKid in the record attempt, which will run from Sept. 1 to Oct. 5. Polgar will lead the ChessKid club that will organize the tournament.

All kids with a ChessKid account are invited to compete in the tournament and participate in the world record. To join the record-attempting tournament, go to https://www.chesskid.com/register/kid/club/ckpolgar-world-record-club.

To set the record, ChessKid needs more than 20,000 individual children to compete in the tournament, said Mike Klein, the site’s chief chess officer.

The tournament will have two stages. The qualifying stage will begin on Sept. 1 and run through Oct. 5, and will constitute the record-setting attempt for largest chess tournament with 144 qualifiers.

There will be four last-chance “super-qualifiers” on the day of Polgar’s Global Chess Festival, which is October 12.

All kids qualifying from one of these 144 qualifiers will then play a final on October 19 at 8 a.m. Pacific time.

Any child who completes a single qualifier (all six rounds) will be counted toward the world record and will receive a special certificate from ChessKid signed by Judit Polgar. Participation in the finals is not required to count as part of the record.

As further incentive to play, ChessKid will randomly select one kid per qualifier (144 total) to receive one free year of ChessKid gold membership. Participants must play all six games of the qualifier to be eligible.

Five kids will be chosen at random to receive a signed copy of Judit Polgar’s book, How I Beat Fischer’s Record, and one lucky ChessKid will be randomly selected for a private lesson online with Polgar.

The top five finishers in the finals will also all receive a signed copy of the book, and will each get to play one blitz game against Polgar and one against Klein. The winner of the overall finals will also get one free online chess lesson with Polgar.

More prizes will be added later by local organizers and sponsors.

ChessKid will use all of its normal fair-play protection measures to ensure that games are played under the site’s guidelines.

Any child that is found to have used outside assistance or violated other policies will not be eligible for qualifying to the finals or any other prizes, and will also not have their participation count toward the record. All decisions made by ChessKid on fair-play cases are final.

By participating in the tournament, players agree they have their parent or guardian’s permission to play.

To join the world’s largest chess tournament and set the Guinness world record, join the Chesskid club at https://www.chesskid.com/register/kid/club/ckpolgar-world-record-club. Players must join the club to register for a qualifier.

About ChessKid:
ChessKid is the world’s largest website for children to learn and play. ChessKid.com is specifically designed to be a safe and fun place for kids, while providing resources for parents and coaches.

About Judit Polgar:
Judit Polgar is universally considered the strongest female chess player of all time. A chess prodigy, Polgar earned the grandmaster title at age 14. She is the only woman in the history of chess to surpass the 2700 rating threshold and to qualify for a world championship tournament. Polgar is also an accomplished author, chess coach and ambassador of the game.

Contact:

Mike Klein

Chief Chess Officer, ChessKid.com
mike@chesskid.com

Chris Torres Offers Online Chess Lessons

April 23, 2019

and would love to help your child play better chess now!

Reasons to try an Online Lesson with Chris:

1.  Follow up to in-person chess lessons to check on your child’s understanding.

2.  Live too far away to come often for private instruction.

3.  Preparing for a major tournament with a coach who has taught numerous national champions!

4.  Very cost effective. For $40 per online lesson, you can have your child learn chess from one of California’s most sought after chess coaches.

How it Works

1. Chris Torres harnesses the power of Chess.com and Wyzant to create the ultimate 21st century chess classroom.

2. After each lesson, Chris Torres will provide you with customized feedback and a study plan to take your child’s game to the next level!

3. All of Chris’ students are welcome to play slow paced (1 move per day) games with him during the week at no extra charge.

Sign up today

via https://is.gd/u5bIVd

Or by emailing Chris Torres (chesslessons@aol.com)

Fremont Scholastic Chess Championship 2019

February 16, 2019

The Learning Bee, US Chess Mates & the Torres Chess and Music Academy, Inc. Present:

The Fremont Scholastic Chess Championship!

March 16 & 17, 2019

Where: Learning Bee Learning Center, 39977 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539

What: Scholastic (K-12) 5 Round Swiss, Kindergarten (G/30) 1-4 (G/30) & 5-12 Section (G/60)

Cost: Thanks to a generous donation from Joe Lonsdale Sr., the early bird entry fee for this event is only $20!

Trophies are awarded to the top 10 in each section, top school team per section, and the top boy & girl in each grade. All other players will receive medals for participating.

Registration: Each time control (G/30 & G/60) will be limited to only the first 100 applicants. Please do not delay in registering as there is no guarantee that there will be room to register the day of the tournament.

 

USCF Rated SWISS Format: All players must be USCF members. All players must understand USCF tournament rules. USCF Membership fee is $17, per year. SWISS Format – a non-eliminating tournament format which features a set number of rounds of competition, each competitor does not play every other. Competitors play opponents with a similar running score, but not the same opponent more than once. The winner is the competitor with the highest aggregate points earned in all rounds. All competitors play in each round unless there is an odd number of players. Sets and boards provided. Clocks will be provided, but players are encouraged to bring their own.

*Round Times*

K & 1-4 G/30: 3/16 * R 1 @ 9:00am * R 2 @ 10:30am * 3/17 * R 3 @ 9:00am * R 4 @ 10:30am * R 5 @ 12:00pm

5-12 G/60: 3/16 * R 1 @ 1:00pm * R 2 @ 4:00pm *R 3 @ 7:00pm * 3/17 * R 4 @ 3:00pm * R 5 @ 6:00pm

Trophies: K & 1-4 awarded @ 2:00pm on 3/17, 5-12 Trophies awarded @ 8:30pm on 3/17

Register Online at:

http://www.fremontchess.com

Fremont Chess Quads this Saturday (1/19/19)

January 17, 2019

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Rated Scholastic Chess Tournament

Saturday, January 19th 2019

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

@ Learning Bee Learning Center in Fremont

$25 entry fee

Trophies are awarded to top player in each quad. All other players will receive pins for participating.

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USCF Rated QUAD Format: All players must be USCF members. All players must understand USCF tournament rules. USCF Membership fee is $17, per year. QUAD Format – The players in each quad play a round robin, one game against each of the players in their section, for a total of three games each. Quads are by grade and experience. All quads will be Game in 30 min (each player). Sets and boards provided. Clocks will be provided, but players are encouraged to bring their own.

 

Register online: http://www.fremontchess.com/upcoming-events/

CalNorth Youth Chess Age Level Championships

January 25, 2018

Upcoming youth chess tournament in Northern California.

Upcoming Chess Tournament

January 6, 2016

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley
Winter Scholastic

January 9, 2016 @ BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, 1290 Parkmoor Ave, San Jose, CA 95126
(9:30am-5:30pm; please check in by 9am)
Two Sections: Non-Rated and USCF Rated

Non-Rated Section ($35/player) – Open to players who have played either 1 USCF Rated tournament or never played a tournament before. No clocks nor keeping notation is required. Also, there is no USCF membership required. Rules: 1. Touch move, touch capture. 2. Players win by checkmate or by capturing the king. 3. Players play two games against each opponent for total of 10 games. Trophies are awarded to the top 8 finishers. All others receive a medallion for participation. Registration is available online or by flyer. Please note due to time, we cannot accept any registratons onsite. Finally, please bring your own equipment which is regulation size board and pieces.

USCF Rated Section ($40/player) – There are 3 sections: Open, U1000, and U500 & UNR. The next important note is due to time, we cannot accept any Rated section entries onsite.Ratings as of October 10 will be the official ratings used for the tournament. Finally, please bring your own equipment which is regulation size board, pieces, clock, scorebook and pen/pencil.

Schedule and Trophies

Open Section (Open to all; The strongest players will be in this group.)

  • 4 Rounds
  • Time control: G/55 +5 sec delay
  • Round Times: 9:30am, 11:30am, 2pm, 4pm
  • Trophies: 1st – 5th Place, U1250 – 1st and 2nd Place
  • 1st and 2nd Place Club (must have min. of 2 members, top 3 scorers count)

Under 1000 (All players will be rated lower than 1000)

  • 5 Rounds
  • Time Control: G/45 + 5 sec delay
  • Round Times: 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, 2:30, 4pm
  • Trophies: 1st – 5th Place, U750 – 1st and 2nd Place
  • 1st and 2nd Place Club (must have min. of 2 members, top 3 scorers count)

Under 500 & UNR (All players will be rated lower than 500 as well as have all new USCF players.)

  • 5 Rounds
  • Time Control: G/30 + 5 sec delay
  • Round Times: 9:30am, 10:30, 11:30, 1pm, 2pm
  • Trophies: 1st – 5th Place, U250/UNR – 1st and 2nd Place
  • 1st and 2nd Place Club (must have min. of 2 members, top 3 scorers count)

Important Notes:

  • 45 minute lunch from 12:15pm-1pm. The playing room(s) will be closed during this time to all but the tournament staff. All games will be paused at 12:15 and then resumed at 1pm. Please provide your own lunches.
  • Rounds for all sections may be started earlier than posted if approved by all players in that section(s).
  • In the USCF rated section, one half point bye is available if notified by the beginning of the second round.
  • Clubs must have at least one official representative at the tournament who can provide proof of each student’s club membership if asked by tournament staff. This proof is in the form of asking this representative if this student is receiving coaching each week or bi-weekly from the Club that is listed. If found not to be a member, that club will not be eligible for any club awards.
  • Questions: Joe Hanley 714-925-3195 or hanleychessacademy@gmail.com.

Grade Schoolers Take On Chicago Cops In Chess Tournament

November 8, 2015

(CBS) — It has been a humbling day for some Chicago Police Officers trying their hand at chess against a group of grade-school kids….

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Improve a child’s chances with chess

October 21, 2015

Does chess hold a particular appeal for children whose home lives are unsettled? While there haven’t been specific studies on the matter, basic psychology and anecdotal evidence suggest so….

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