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First Chess Club Meeting for Returning Students

All returning Chess club students are invited to our first Chess club meeting on the SECOND day of school, Friday August 17th starting at 6:35am in the Library.

All parents are asked to follow the steps to register your student(s) by going to our Registration page located here:

The registration fee is the same as last year.  Please make sure you follow the directions for making your payment.  This we, we ask that if you plan to turn in a check at this Friday’s meeting, please postdate it for August 24th.  The reason for this is that Ms. Reeb will not be at the club meeting on the 17th but will be at the following meeting.  

For all NEW students who want to join the Chess club, your first meeting will be August 24th. Same time and location as above. 

Thank you and we are all looking forward to a fun year of Chess and Chess related activities. 

Chris and James

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Casis Elementary Tournament Results

Last weekend, 31 Spicewood chess club members attended the Casis Elementary School chess tournament.   The tournament consisted of 5 rounds of games each worth 1 point.  In total, our kids scored a total of 81 out of a possible 155 points. (52%) Overall, our team won team trophies in 4 sections:  2nd place in sections K-3 U500 and K-3 U800.  3rd place in sections K-5 U800 and K-5 Any.

Five Spicewood students received trophies for scoring in the top percentile of their groups:  Gavin Wang (5th place in K-3 U300), Vincent Yang (4th place in K-3 U500), Ramzi Matous (1st place in K-5 U300), Marvel Chung (2nd place in K-5 U800) and Kavin Thiyagarajan (4th place in K-5 U800).

Ten Spicewood students received medals for scoring in the second percentile of their groups: Joyce Song, Draden Jones, Bryan Lee, Varun Sanghavi, Isaac Zhang, Yifan Qiu, Alexander Ho, Raghav Aggarwal, Ivan Leong and Aryan Punalekar.

Congratulations to all of the participants.  Each will receive special commemorative $5 Chess bucks for participation shown in the photos below.  On one side, it shows a photo of Lilia May Casis who the school was named after.  She was the first female professor at the University of Texas at Austin to be honored with a full professor title in 1916 teaching romance languages.  On the other side of the Chess buck is an image of Lilia’s sister, Josephine Ramona Casis who was a lifelong primary school teacher for 33 years at the original Palm School. The two sisters were born in Kingston, Jamaica around 1870 and moved to Texas in 1890.

If you have photos from the tournament, please send them to Chris Jones at chris@spicewoodchess.org

 

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T-Shirt Day!

At today’s Club meeting, we handed out the new Chess club T-shirts to all attending students. Don’t worry if you missed the meeting today, we will get your shirt to you.  If you are a parent that ordered one and were not at today’s meeting, please come next week and make sure you pay for the extra shirt. ($7)  James recognized Abigail Yarbrough in front of the whole club, thanking her for her winning design.  Everyone loves it.  (See her photo in the slideshow below).  It was probably one of a few opportunities we would have to take a group photo with everyone wearing the shirt, so enjoy the photos below.  It really is like herding cats trying to get everyone to stay still long enough and actually smile at the same time!  Thanks to all the parents that attended today for your help and a special thanks goes out to Christina Mason for leading the procurement and pickup of the Tshirts.

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Chess Club T-shirts!!!

2016-2017-tshirtWe will be ordering t-shirts at the end of next week.  The shirt will look like the mockup image to the left.  This year’s t-shirt graphic was designed Abigail Yarbrough who won our design contest earlier in the year. The t-shirt material will also be a higher quality than last year’s, softer, etc.

All Chess club members will receive a t-shirt as part of their registration fee.  If parents would also like one of these shirts, you will need to fill out the following form with your information and pay $6 for each extra shirt you buy.

Parent T-shirt Order Form

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Kealing Tournament Results

kealing-signLast weekend, 39 Spicewood chess club members attended the Kealing Middle School chess tournament.   The tournament consisted of 5 rounds of games each worth 1 point.  In total, our kids scored a total of 91.5 out of a possible 189 points. (48%)

Overall, our team won a team trophy in all 6 sections we participated in!  1st place in sections K-3 U300 and K-5 U500.  2nd place in sections K-3 U500, K-5 U800 and K-5 Any.  3rd place in section K-3 U800.   Really a great job by everyone.

Six Spicewood students received trophies for scoring in the top percentile of their groups:  Murtaza Sanjeliwala (4th place in K-3 U300), Yifan Qiu (1st place in K-5 U500), Alexander Ho (2nd place in K-5 U500), Noah Greep (3rd place in K-5 U500), Kavin Thiyagarajan (4th place in K-5 U500) and Annika Shivam (6th place in K-5 U800).

Nine Spicewood students received medals for scoring in the second percentile of their groups: Isaac Zhang, Alice Zhang, Sean Toeh, Rounav Sur, Benjamin Sloma, Niko McMullen, Ivan Leong, David Li and Aryan Punalekar.

Congratulations to all of the participants.  Each will receive special commemorative $5 Chess bucks for participation shown in the photos below.  On one side, it shows a photo of Hightower Theodore Kealing who was an African-American educator, writer, editor and activist in Austin in the 19th century.  Kealing Middle school is named after him.  One the other side of the Chess buck is an image of Kealing Middle school’s mascot, the hornets.

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Upcoming Pizza Party and Potluck October 22nd

pizza-party-voteThe Spicewood Chess Club is holding our annual party at the Spicewood Elementary school on Saturday October 22nd morning from 10:00 to 1:45.

We will be playing Chess and having fun with our friends.   We will have a few coaches available to work with the students.  We will also have out our fun chess sets, LED lightup boards, 4 player chess, marble chess set, etc.

We have also invited some of our friends from the Laurel Mountain Elementary school Chess club as well as local chess teachers and experts.

The club will be providing Pizza and we ask parents to signup to bring other items needed for the party such as drinks, plates, utensils, etc.  This is also a potluck, so we encourage parents to bring cookies, snacks, etc.  Please bring something to share.  Please remember no food containing nuts.   

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Meridian Tournament Results

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 9.43.03 PMWe had 24 students from Spicewood Elementary participate in the Meridian Tournament last weekend.  The tournament consisted of 5 rounds of games each worth 1 point.  In total, our kids scored a total of 64.5 out of a possible 120 points.   Six Spicewood students received trophies for scoring in the top percentile of their groups:  James Shivam, Jacob Li, Bela Jere, Raghav Aggarwal, Aryan Punalekar and Ethan Tang. Seven Spicewood students received medals for scoring in the second percentile of their groups: Iam Leong, Alexander Ho, Darryl Tang, William Du, Sambit Kanjilal, Annika Shivam, and Marvel Chung.  Congratulations to all of our participants.  Each will receive 5 Chess bucks for participation.

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Tshirt Design Contest Results

The Chess Club held a design contest to design our next Tshirt.  Today at the club meeting, it was the last day to turn in submissions.  A committee of 5 parents reviewed each submission and a clear winner was determined.

2016-tshirt-design-winner-abigail-yarbrough

Congratulations to Abigail Yarbrough for winning this year’s contest.   We especially liked the panther head on the King piece as well as the chess pieces making the letters in the words.  We all look forward to seeing your design on our club tshirts this year.

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Club Registration Opens

online-registration-youth-sportsRegistration for the 2016-2017 school year has opened.  Please click on the About section above and then click on the Registration link.  That page gives some details about the registration process and a link to the Registration Form.

You can also click here to go directly to that page.

We will be closing club registration PROMPTLY on Friday September 1st so please register as soon as possible.  

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Summer Chess Camps

Chess Camps

There are a number of chess camps running this summer that are excellent ways for you to keep improving your Chess skills.  We list some of them below:

Best in Class Education Center in the Galleria Oaks shopping center on Research at Anderson Mill Rd. is hosting a Chess camp which is run by our club friend Gary Gaiffe.  To register for this camp contact the Best in Class Education Center at 512-375-3245.  There is limited space at this venue so don’t wait too long to sign up as they expect to have more campers than we can accommodate.

  • August 1 – 5

North Austin Mathnasium located on Anderson Mill Road is hosting 4 chess camp weeks. Summer Chess Camp at Mathnasium! Featuring National Master Paul Chaplin, this camp offers five exciting full days immersed in a fun yet structured hybrid learning environment. Offering beginning and advanced grouping, individual and team competitions, t-shirts, awards and prizes!!

  • June 6 – 10
  • June 20 – 24
  • July 11 – 15
  • August 8 – 12

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