Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Chess 2017/2018

Welcome to the new year!

We hope you enjoyed the summer and start the new school year successfully!

The MSCC will kick off the chess year on October 18th at MHS in Rm243 (up the stairs from the pool) as usual.  This is where we'll practice in general, just like last year, but there are a few exceptions when the room is not available, so check the calendar each week and watch for updates.

Please note - the "JOT FORM" has not been updated yet, it's still 2016/2017.  It will be done soon, so you can watch for it, but we'll also send out an email when complete.

A few highlights for the new year:

  • Annual fees have been increased to $50 per student / $100 max per family.  The MSCC operates fully as a non-profit, but we've been "in the red" and need to break even. This fee increase ensures that we can bring in quality chess instructors from the IAC, such as Mr. Andy and Mr. Ryan each and every week.
  • ChessKid.com -  Big announcement!  The fee this year includes a one year subscription to Chesskid.com for each and every player!  We will be using this website to track players progress in between the classes and tournaments.  Chesskid is a great website to play games, watch videos, and even to play games against other MSCC players and other clubs!  We'll provide more info about this as we finish the planning.
  • Our own annual tournament date is already set for December 2nd at Lake Denoon Middle School!  
If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact Dan, Leah or Ryan through the website.

Welcome back, we're looking forward to getting started!
Dan

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Summertime

Hi All,
  I hope you've been enjoying the nice weather (when it's not raining).
  I can't believe next Friday is Jammin' already. We will have a tent in the library's parking lot. If you'd like to help out, please sign up (7-8 pm slot/8-9 pm slot). Definitely please stop & stay hi.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4eafa928a3ff2-jammin1


Also, we'll be doing summer library class in June. If you're interested in helping out, please sign up here. If you're attending, no need to sign up.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4eafa928a3ff2-summer1


There's a great opportunity for the Chess Club to fundraise. If you volunteer at Saz's (Summerfest) on Sunday, July 23 from 3 pm-10 pm, Saz's will donate (10/hr) to the chess club. If you're interested, please contact Dan Schantz. (Must be 16 or older to volunteer.)


Last thing-if you'd like to continue to go to tournaments so you don't get "rusty" during the summer, I recommend Renaissance Knights in IL. It's one Sunday a month. (Parents can play also)
http://rknights.org/registration/tournaments/


Have a good summer & we'll see you in the fall!!


Leah

Monday, May 15, 2017

Supernationals

Supernationals VI - 2017

Congratulations to MSCC players Aaron, Alyssa and Will who played at Supernationals this past weekend in Nashville, TN.

This tournament is held every 4 years, and this one set a record with over 5,500 chess players from 49 states and around the world!  It was a truly incredible sight & experience that pictures just cannot properly show!

Each player played Seven G120 games (up to 4 hours) over 3 days.  We were very proud of our players, with many of the games lasting 3 hours or more!

Aaron finished in the top quarter of his K12 U800 section (220 players!)
Alyssa finished in the top half of her K12 U1200 section (370 players!)
Will finished in 4th place in the K12 U1200 section!

It was truly a super-sized event all around that we hope many more get to experience the next time.  You can see all results & pictures online (USChess.org) if you're interested.

The picture below is one full ballroom for the K12 sections, but is only about 1/4 of all players.



Sunday, April 2, 2017

12th Annual GradeLevel


Wow! What a way to end the season!


Gr 1 - Team won 1st place. Anthony placed 7th individually and Gideon finished with 1.5 wins.

 
Gr 2 - Kashyap had 1.5 wins.

Gr 3 - Rishi had 3 wins.

Gr 4 - Team  took 2nd place. Logan individually placed 2nd, Andy had 2 wins, Joshua 2 wins, Luke 2 wins (also his 1st tournament) & Yashika 3 wins.

Gr 5 - Nelson had 3 wins.


Gr 6 - Steven had 2 wins & Colin 3 wins.


Gr 8 - Alyssa individually placed 6th & Kenny had 2 wins.



Friday, March 24, 2017

State

2017 Wisconsin Scholastic Chess Championships

These are the final results for the State Championships put on last weekend on the UW Oshkosh campus, run by the Wisconsin Chess Association.

This tournament has been an annual tournament for our chess club for over 10 years.  This year our club brought 11 players to a tournament with 413 players representing 85 schools across the state!

These matches are much longer than our normal scholastic matches, lasting up to 2 hours each game on Saturday (4 rounds) and 3 hours on Sunday (2 rounds).

K5 Division

  • Logan led the way with 4 wins.  Close behind him was Yashika, Anthony, Andy and Rishi.  Unfortunately because they represented 4 different schools, they could not form a team or they would have done well!
K8 Division
  • Alyssa led the way with 4 wins and David was also right behind w/ 4 wins.  Adam & Steven had 3 wins each and the four of them took home a 4th place team trophy for Bay Lane!
JV Division
  • Will took 4.5 wins and a 9th place trophy!  Aaron was right behind with 4 wins.
These were some really tough matches - we were really proud of how our players performed, and with the good sportsmanship shown along the way.  It was also very good to have Mr. Andy there for both days to go over games in between rounds.  I have no doubt that our players had a lot of fun and emerged from this event stronger than ever.

And perhaps the best non-chess part?  The Best Western pool on Saturday night - total fun chaos!!!





Wednesday, March 15, 2017

last class

Last class of the school year tonight for the club.

Hope to see you there!


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Elmwood 2017

Elmwood Tournament Results 

Wow what a big group of players at Elmwood this past Saturday - 183 over 4 sections!

The MSCC also represented this tournament very well by bring 22 of our players, half of our club!  It's always more fun to bring such a large group and I'm hoping we can do more of that next year.

K3

  • This was the first tournament for 3 of our players - Jack, Kashyap, and Gideon, and they all did great, getting 3, 3, and 2 points, which awesome for their first time!
  • Rishi let the way with 4 points and a 9th place finish, and Anthony was right behind, also with 4 points.
K6

  • Steven led the group with 4 points and a 13 place finish (also earning his red wrist band!), and Nate was right behind, also with 4 points.
  • Josh had a solid 3-1/2 points in only his second tournament and Sarah finished with a couple of good wins as well (and no Sarah, it's not because you didn't take notation 😊 )
K12 u800
  • This was a big section for us with 9 players.  Adam channeled all of his birthday energy into winning 5 of 6 and taking solo 2nd place!  Tom had a break through day with 4 wins (also earning his red wrist band!) and a 12th place finish.
  • The team of Tom, Nathan and Grant took 5th place team!
  • We also saw some good games from Kenny & Collin, Brody, Yashika, and Nelson 

K12 open
  • Alyssa led the way in this group with 3 wins out of 5 and a 5th place finish!
  • We also saw some solid games from Aaron, David, and Will

Randy put on a good tournament and we're looking forward to next year's.   Thanks to Leah for keeping track of scores and to all the parents who helped keep some "order" :) during the long day.  Also thanks to Mr. Ryan for stopping by for several hours and helping many of the players go over their games.