Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A few more highlights from State!

This was really a great event - MSCC brought 18 players to a Statewide tournament that had over 420 players from 89 schools!  The players represented our club very well and we're very proud of them!

As you saw on the last post, we had some great individual & team accomplishments!  We also had some very close misses:

  • The strong Bay Lane K8 team of Alyssa, David and Adam just barely missed a team trophy, with only 3 players!  Next year, with a full team, they will be a force.
  • On the JV side, Jake and Elena just barely missed the top 10, with strong wins of 4-1/2 and 4 points.
  • And for the younger players -  Logan, Nelson, Steven and Elijah, we had some strong wins and, more importantly, some breakthroughs as to the importance of playing slow.  Especially in a tournament like this, where games can last up to 2-3 hours, there is great benefit to having patience and looking at each and every move carefully.  I think the younger players will attest to this being a great tournament, and we look forward to getting more players to the tournament next year so that we can make some teams!

Monday, March 21, 2016


At the state tournament in Oshkosh this weekend, we had a great deal of success!  Most notably,

  • Evan Seghers won the High School Varsity individual championship!
  • Kyle Jain won the K-8 individual championship!
  • Lake Denoon Middle School won the K-8 team championship, taking 19 points out of a possible 24!
Lots of other great successes this weekend, including:
  • Muskego High School going 4-1 to finish in 2nd place in Division 1 to the powerful Madison West team.
  • Will Schantz going 5-1 in K-8 to finish tied for 2nd place in K-8.
  • Aaron Gibbs and Nick Schuster going 4-2 to round out a winning K-8 state team!
  • Kolton Otterbacher going 4.5 out of 5 to win 5th board for D1
Many more details to come and pictures - watch the site!

Hales Corners Challenge - Great Tournament!

April  9, 2016, Hales Corners Challenge XXIII
(check our blog for updates)
Hales Corners Challenge XXIII: April 9, 2016 USCF Grand Prix Points: 10.  Chess Magnet School Junior Grand Prix.  Wisconsin Tour Event.  4SS, G/60;d6. 2 Sections: Open & Reserve (under 1600).  Olympia Resort Hotel, 1350 Royale Mile Rd., Oconomowoc, WI 53066; 1-800-558-9573 (mention Southwest Chess Club for $99 room rate).  EF: $40-Open, $30-Reserve, both $5 more after April 6. Comp EF for USCF 2200+. $$GTD: Open: 1st-$325, 2nd-$175, A-$100, B & Below-$75; Reserve: 1st-$100, 2nd-$75, D-$50, E & Below-$40.  Reg.: 8:30-9:30. Rds.: 10-1-3:30-6. Entries to: Robin Grochowski,  3835 E. Morris Avenue, Cudahy, WI 53110;   
Goddesschess Prizes for Females in Addition to Above Prizes
Open: $50 per win/$25 per draw; Reserve: $20 per win/$10 per draw
Perfect Score Prizes for Females: $80 in Open/$40 in Reserve
Questions to TD:  Robin Grochowski: (414)-861-2745

Monday, March 14, 2016

Elmwood Elementary Results

We had 10 players at Elmwood Elementary & they did a good job!

K12 Section (Open):
Rachel G came in 14th pl
Jacob G came in 13th pl
Alyssa P came in 9th pl

K12 Section (U800)
Sam M came in 9th pl; 1st place in class (U800)
Nick S came in 12th pl.
Nelson came in 25th pl.
Kenny M came in 14th place & received the 1st place trophy for U400.

K3 & K6 (unrated)
Sarah M came in 22nd pl w/3 points.
Nate M came in 19th pl w/3 points.
Rishi had 2 wins & 2 draws.
Logan came in 7th pl for 3rd gr.
Anthony R had 1 win for his 1st away tournament.

Good job to all!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Pizza Party - March 16, 2016

Just a reminder this Wednesday, March 16 from 6-6:30 pm we'll have a pizza party. It's $5 per person. I'd like to ask everyone to start w/2 slices at first & then if there's left overs, it's up for grabs.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Wisconsin Grade Level Championship @ MSOE
Hello Parent & Players!  The MSCC brought 12 to the tournament on Saturday - it was a really nice event with over 270 in attendance, and a lot of bling was handed out!
Every one of our players finished with at least 2 out of 5 points, but the coaches know that we can do a whole lot better than that just by slowing down!  We talked about this a lot during the tournament yesterday and it really needs to be taken to heart by a number of players, if they truly want to see improvement.  Playing a slow game is not just about taking time off the clock, it's about giving the players more chances....more chances to see threats so they can do something about it, and more chances to see captures & opportunities and do something about that too, like winning !!
The results:
2nd grade - Rishi S stood alone and had a couple of nice wins
3rd grade - Logan O had 3 wins and finished in 10th
5th grade - Evan S, Gavin J and Josh K formed a nice team and took home the 3rd place team trophy!
7th grade - David B, Adam P, Colton P and Alyssa P had a good day and took home the 1st place team trophy!  Adam had 3 wins, Colton 2.5, David took 9th place with 3 win and Alyssa took 4th place with 4 wins!
8th grade - Will S and Aaron G combined to take home the 3rd place trophy!  Aaron took 9th place w/ 3 wins and Will took 6th place w/ 3.5 points
HS - Evan S stood alone and took home the 1st place trophy with a perfect 5 wins!