Monday, March 31, 2014

Tournaments in April

  • ALL GIRLS - Sat Apr 5 - USM - Email if you'd still like to register!
  • HALES CORNERS CHALLENGE - Sat Apr 12 - Olympia Resort Hotel in Oconomowoc.-Recommended for Red Division and Up - USCF rated tournament - This is your chance to play against a master - or at least to watch them play!  There are two divisions - OPEN and RESERVE (under 1600).  Goddesschess is sponsoring great cash prizes for girls too. Sheldon Gelbart is there to analyze your games for free.  Read the flyer for registration and all other details - cost for tournament goes up after 4/9.   DETAILS HERE:
  • ASA CLARK Middle School - Sat Apr 26 - our last "Official" MSCC tournament of the year, and the last stop for Mr. Matt's IAC Grand Prix!!   This is for ALL players (Blue and up recommended).  The flyer will be out soon for this- reply to this email if you would like me to register you for ASA Clark.

congrats MHS varsity teams!!

congrats to D1 for taking 5th out of 14 teams in state, and our D2 for taking 9th ... big things coming the next 2 years!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

5 long years ago...

A windy day in Oshkosh, March of 2009, LDMS 5th Graders took the K-5 state championship!
Who are these kids?   Hint- 7 of them are going to state this weekend to play for the Varsity D1 championship!   Ah, memories...

Monday, March 17, 2014

Jason takes top MSCC board - Friendly Rivals and Teammates!

With his 5-0 showing at Elmwood, Jason Markowski bumped his USCF rating up to 1643 which is now the top rating in the club!  Evan Seghers is now #2 at 1587.  (Note that both players are involved in a 4-week tournament in which they should both go up a bit...) 
Close on Evan's and Jason's heels now is our third board, Reid Seghers, who moved up 168 points at Elmwood to earn a 1425 rating!  Rachel Gomoll also did extremely well at Elmwood and moved up 120 points to go to 1196.
These friendly rivalries keep chess interesting, AND help the players to work harder on their games.
While on the topic of friendly rivalries,... how about Will Schantz and Kyle Jain BOTH going a perfect 6-0 at Elmwood?  Wow!!  Way to go, guys!

FOUR new kids in RED division!

As you know, the RED division is for kids who earn 4 points or more in a 6 game tournament, or 3.5 in a 5 game tournament.  This level is for players who have proven themselves in a tournament setting.  This is the level where a child moves to our advanced training segment under Matt Schladweiler.

Congratulations to our new members of the RED division!
  • Aaron Gibbs - 4 wins
  • Nick Schuster - 4 wins
  • Isaac Terrence - 4 wins
  • Brian Mark (previously had earned exemption) - 4.5 wins
Way to go, guys!
For our Red Division kids, the next step is black, which you receive when your USCF rating goes over 1300.  A USCF rating shows a lifetime commitment to chess, and a 1300 rating shows that you are a solid, high school level player.
Brian Mark had previously earned his Red division as an exemption, per Mark/Matt's decision, and based on what we felt was his readiness.  He proved us right by getting 4.5 out of a possible 5 in the USCF U800 division!

Sunday, March 16, 2014


The Last Class of the Year and PIZZA PARTY will be held on March 26th!!

Two more classes remaining - Mar 19th and Mar 26th.  For the last class on the 26th we will have a PIZZA PARTY (suggested donation of $5 per person to eat/drink).

We will also be having other kinds of fun things going on, on the 26th - including:

  • Bughouse (2-player team chess)
  • Blitz (with clocks)
  • Puzzles
  • ... and more!
See you there for the last couple classes including the pizza night on the 26th!
-Mr. Seghers

P.S.   Just because it's the last Wednesday class of the year does not mean we are done with tournaments! Don't forget these final events of the year:

  • State GRADE LEVEL tournament MSOE 3/29  (recommended for K-8: email Mr. Seghers)
  • ALL GIRLS tournament 4/5  (recommended for all Girls!)- Email Leah (
  • HALES CORNERS CHALLENGE 4/12 (USCF rated- Red division and up recommended)
  • ASA CLARK (Our Last IAC Grand Prix tournament- Blue and up) 4/26

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

32 registered for Elmwood! (map and info)

UPDATE- I am still waiting for the final results sheet from Randy and Matt - stay tuned!  Everybody did really well, and I'll update the site when all the information is given to me.  Thanks! - Mark

The Elmwood tournament is getting BIG quickly!  CLICK HERE to see Flyer with all Info.

The MSCC has 37 kids registered overall so far - and we have FIVE full teams in the following groups:
  • K-12 open - Muskego High School 
  • K-3 - Mill Valley 
  • K-6- Bay Lane 
  • K-6- Lake Denoon 
  • K-3- Tess Corners 
Click here to see the full list of everyone who is all registered!  Let me know if there is anybody not yet registered that should be - just shoot me an email.

Everyone PLEASE BE THERE BY 8:15 so you can sign in/pay, and so we can get settled and get our "chess minds" working.  This should be a great tournament!

Don't forget to wear your Muskego Scholastic Chess spirit wear!

The address for the school is 5900 S Sunnyslope Rd, New Berlin.< click for map.

- Mark/ Mr. Seghers

SMCA Conference Tourney Results

Fun season for our High School team this year!  Muskego took 3rd place this year in Varsity, and 4th in JV.  Brookfield Academy now has the traveling cup... but we will get it back next year!
For the year, Evan Seghers finished in the first-team All Conference (the top 5 players in the conference according to coaches).  Jason Markowski finished in the second team All Conference (getting one first team vote, even though Jason played board 2).  Reid Seghers earned Honorable Mention.
Evan also won the "Coaches Choice" award for promoting chess in general, and for helping other kids with their questions.
In the end of year conference tournament, we had several of our players show up and do well.  Congrats especially to Kyle Jain who won 3 out of his 4 games in JV, and to Jason Markowski for earning a draw against Conference MVP Troy Zimmerman!
At the high school level, Jason and Evan are really coming on lately.  Evan earned a draw against a Master (2145 rated) last Thursday at the SWCC, and Jason also earned a draw against a near Master.
High School Kids - it's TIME TO PRACTICE!!!  State coming up on 3/21-22!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Elmwood Roll Call - need a few more to make teams

I have registered everyone I heard from, for the Elmwood tournament on 3/15....   see the link to see who is registered, and please let me know if I have forgotten anyone (or if you haven't told me yet!):

Click here to see who is registered:

Should be a great tournament!  We'll have an area for Muskego players to congregate.  Still need a few more kids to complete some teams, hope you can make it!  Email me if you would like to be registered.

Thanks!   Mark/Mr Seghers

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SMCA High School Conference End-Year Tournament this Sat 3/8

SMCA Post-season tournament

Date: March 8
Time: 8:30 check-in, 9:00 start, 4:00 completion
Where: Brookfield Academy HS
Rounds: 4
Time control: G45 + 5sec

We will play four rounds of G45. That will take us to 3:00-3:30 and allow 30 minutes for awards and be done by 4:00.