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September 6th 2019 Club Meeting

Our third meeting of the year went smoothly as the Pawns continued lessons with James on the basics of controlling the center while Chris reviewed how Forks are a powerful tactic to use in the middlegame with the Knights, Rooks and Kings.  A video from Chesskid.com was shown that outlined the fork principles and you can watch it here:

  Parents are in the process of completing registration. We had a number of fees and forms turned in.  If you haven’t finished the six registration steps yet, please do so as the deadline for completion is September 27th.  We have a few students who are still attending our club to see if they want to continue on as members, so remember to be helpful to anyone who is new.  

We will be testing students next week to see if they are ready to move up in Skill groups, so look forward to that next week.  

The first scholastic tournament of the year is happening NEXT WEEKEND, September 14th.  Us coaches highly encourage everyone to attend at least one tournament this year.  You can find details on how to register at this link: Meridian School Tournament

The second scholastic tournament of the year will be held at one of our favorite locations, Casis Elementary on November 9th.  You can register for that tournament here:  Casis Elementary Tournament. (It is my favorite location because there is a Starbucks DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET!!!)

 

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2018 Meridian Tournament Results

We had 29 students from Spicewood Elementary participate in the Meridian Scholastic Chess tournament on September 29th, 2018.  The tournament consisted of 5 rounds of games each worth 1 point.  In total, our kids scored a total of 70 out of a possible 145 points.   (48%)   

This year we have a large number of Pawns and Knights skill groups and they showed up at this tournament and really did a great job representing the K-1 and K-3 sections.  

We got FIRST place in the K-1 under 400 section with 5 students getting a total score of 10.5 points.  The team received a tall trophy at the awards ceremony and you can see it in the Spicewood Elementary library this week.  

We got SECOND place in the K-3 New section with 7 students gaining a total score of 10 points.  This team also received a team trophy which is in the library. 

We got THIRD place in the K-3 under 400 section with 3 students gaining a total score of 7.5 points.  This team also received a team trophy which is in the library.

We got SECOND place in the K-5 under 800 section with 4 students gaining a total score of 13.5 points.  This team also received a team trophy which is in the library. 

We also came in NINTH place in the K-12 Any section which includes mostly middle and high school students.  Sean Teoh won 3 out of 5 games against a lot of tough opponents.  

For the individual awards:

We had two students receive trophies for 4 or more points in their sections:  Alexander Ho and Gavin Wang.

We had 8 students receive medals for scoring between 3.0 and 4.0 points in their sections: Sean Teoh, Gavin Gu, Isaac Belyi, Isaac Zhang, Julian Joseph, Joyce Song, Jeremy Yang and Reett Aulakh

Congratulations to all of our students who competed at this year’s Meridian chess tournament.  Each student received $5 chess bucks for their participation.  We had many first time tournament students this year and they all did a great job representing Spicewood Elementary.  

The tournament itself was very nice as it was not as crowded as other tournaments have been in the past.  Plenty of room to mingle with others, areas outside to play, etc.  The tournament coordinators did an excellent job and we look forward to more tournaments later this year and next.  

 

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Upcoming Local Chess Tournament At Meridian World School

The 2018 Meridian Chess Tournament takes place on September 29th and is now open for registration (https://www.austinchesstournaments.com/events/869).  Please share this information with your students asap!  Entry fees are at their lowest right now and go up in September.

 

 

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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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