Sunday, November 30, 2014

Still need volunteers

There's still a few more slots that are open for the Lake Denoon Tournament, December 13. If you haven't done so already, please sign up. Thank you.

Monday, November 24, 2014


The hallowed grounds of Lake Denoon Middle School

>>CLICK HERE<< to register for the next IAC Grand Prix tournament to be held at LDMS on December 13, 2014.

5 Divisions:
USCF Rated: K-3, K-6 and K-12
NON Rated: K-4 and K-8.  Grades 9-12 must play USCF Rated K-12 division.

Lake Denoon Middle School
W216S10586 Crowbar Dr, Muskego, WI 53150

Check In: 8:30-9:15 AM  -  Round 1: 9:30 AM

Entry Fee:
  • $20 Early Registration
  • $25 On-Site

Kyle earns BLACK level!

The MSCC welcomes a new player to the BLACK division, our highest wrist-band level in the MSCC.
This weekend, at the University School tournament, Kyle Jain did very well and raised his rating to 1309!  When a player reaches 1300 after a tournament, this qualifies the player for the black level!
Kyle joins Evan, Jason, Reid, and Fernando at the Black level.
Reminder: the Purple and Black wristbands can only be earned by competing in USCF-rated tournaments and earning a certain rating.  900 is the rating for Purple, and 1300 is the required rating for Black.

Congratulations Kyle!!!

OTHER RATINGS NOTES: in the USM tournament, Will Schantz raised his rating over 100 points to 1,111!  Will is also approaching the Black level.  Evan Seghers raised his rating also, to 1754, passing Jason Markowski by ONE point... Evan and Jason have been neck and neck this past year for 1st board Varsity!

MSCC owns K-12 at USM

Evan, Jason and Fernando = 1st, 2nd, 3rd in K-12

Muskego players flexed their "chess muscles" and did well at University School on Saturday.

In the K-12 division, Muskego High School took first place, and Lake Denoon Middle School took 2nd place. Individually, Evan Seghers took first place, with 4.5 out of a possible 5.0. 2nd place was MHS' Jason Markowski with 4.0, 3rd place was MHS' Fernando Collahuazo (who played a great game against Evan to a draw in the final match), and 4th place went to LDMS' Kyle Jain. Will Schantz finished 10th with a trophy (3.0) and Kolton Otterbacher also had 3.0 and finished 13th.

In the very tough K-6 division, Alyssa Przedwiecki took 18th out of 41 players by going 3.0, and her BLMS teammate Anoushka Prasad also won 3/5 to finish 20th. Several other MSCC players competed and nobody finished with 0 points.

In the equally difficult K-3 division, congratulations to Nate May for winning 3 out of 5 games.

This was a very tough tournament to start the season with, and we congratulate everyone who had the courage to jump into the mix in the tough USCF-rated tournament. We especially praise the kids who took notation and can therefore LEARN from their losses! Chess notation is very important for players who wish to improve their game!

NEXT UP: OUR OWN TOURNAMENT on December 13th at Lake Denoon! We'll have the signup form up today or tomorrow. This tournament will also have UNRATED divisions for beginners (both K-4 and K-8 divisions), as well as the usual USCF-rated K-3, K-6, and K-12.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hello MSCC players & parents!

The annual tournament at LDMS is getting close - Dec. 13th!  Aside from being a great local tournament for both beginners and more advanced players, it's the Club's main fundraiser for the year, and to be successful we need your help!

Karla Klein has set up something called "Sign up Genius" as a way for people to sign up for time slots to help out with everything from player check-in to the concessions stand.

Please check this out and consider signing up for what you can - we really appeciate it!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me ( or Mark ( with any questions about the tournament details overall, or Leah ( about anything related to concessions.

Thank you!

Friday, November 14, 2014

MSCC Apparal

If you haven't done so already,  please pick up your MSCC apparal on Wed, Nov 19.
There's no class Wed, Nov 26.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Demonstration game for WHITE tonight

Below is a game we are going through for the WHITE division tonight.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Upcoming Tournaments!

  • The UNIVERSITY SCHOOL tournament is on Nov 22nd!  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
  • Our own LAKE DENOON tournament is on Dec 13th!  Mark the calendar!   Registration will be open on 11/24.

Top Four MHS boards do well at Junior Open!

Congrats to our top 4 boards for our Muskego High School chess team for doing extremely well at the Junior Open in Oshkosh this weekend!
Special congrats to Fernando Collahuazo, who established a brand new USCF rating of 1748 by going 3.5 - 1.5 in the 5-round tournament, beating an 1163, a 1406, a 1542, then ALMOST beating a 2021 (a slight miscalculation in the endgame only), then drawing a 1652.
Evan Seghers went 4-1 to finish 5th in the 73-player Open division and take home a trophy.  Jason Markowski finished 3.5-1.5 and Reid Seghers finished 3-2.
Muskego Chess made a statement on Sat/Sun, nice work boys!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Mr. Matt's Homework from Nov. 5th Lecture

Analyze The Following Position

White to Move
Black has just played 9. ... e5

This past week's lecture was about the Greek Gift. A thematic sacrifice, it is called the Greek Gift as it is similar to the idea of the Trojan Horse from the Trojan War.

The above position is from Sharma, K vs Nielson, C. at the USM Tournament in 2013.

Homework: Analyze the Bxh7 sacrifice and show in notation if it is correct or incorrect. If it is correct, make sure to show all of Black's best responses. No bad moves for Black! If it is incorrect, what should White play instead?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

REGISTER NOW for University School Nov 22!

CLICK HERE to register for USM!

The Muskego Scholastic Chess Club will register players as a group - just CLICK HERE to fill out the quick form to let us know of your child's interest to play.

We have emailed a flyer to all parents - let us know if you don't have one, and we will email it to you.

Check In: 8:30-9:15 AM
Round 1: 9:30 AM
Entry Fee:  $20 Online - $25 On-Site

Wisconsin Junior Open this weekend

A few players just decided to go to the Wisconsin Junior Open this weekend at UW-Oshkosh.  It's a Saturday/Sunday, 5-round tournament... LONG games... let Mr. Seghers know if you're interested-  This is for Red Division and up, primarily, and there is both an Open Division and a Reserve Division.