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Welcome back to another great chess season at Space Coast Scholastic Chess!





October News

We got off to a good start to the 2014-15 Space Coast Scholastic Chess season last Saturday, with 114 players competing in 5 sections.  The new Scholastic Masters section was a success, and most people got out about two hours earlier than in the past. I hope that everyone was reasonably happy with the event, and I will continue to try to improve it. The results have been uploaded and are now on the USCF website. The next SCSC tournament will be October 25th at Viera Charter School.

There will also be a "Future Grandmasters" tournament October 12th at the Brevard Chess Center for any students wanting to play more rated chess games.

 

 

Unfortunately, I will not be able to offer chess memberships (or renewals) anymore at the tournaments. Recent changes by the USCF have made the "aged based" pricing tricky and more expensive. Additionally I no longer receive an Affiliate credit, so I can't offer a reduced cost membership. Everyone will have to sign up (or renew) at uschess.org prior to attending any future tournaments.

 

 

Our next tournament is the 
             October Brouhaha Tournament
         

      Date:      Saturday October 25 th, 2014
      Time:
      First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
      Place:     
Viera Charter School  
                                6206 Breslay Drive, Viera, Fl. 32940



If you are planning to attend the chess tournament this upcoming Saturday (10/25) at the Viera Charter School, there is a very important development of which you must be aware.

There will be a  breast cancer awareness walk that morning, starting at Space Coast stadium at 9:00, going right past the school, and closing down local roads for at least an hour. Alicia Angus has worked out a solution with the walk organizers and the police that will allow us access to the school, but only from the Wickham Road entrance (you will not be able to enter Stadium Parkway from the north), and only before 9:00. You must enter (or exit) before the walk begins. No cars will be allowed to cross over or use the road once it is filled with walkers.

    Christina LaFortune has created a nice sign for everyone to print out and display in their windshield, which will allow the Police to identify us as chess players and allow us to pass through.

Please use it to make it easier on them and us. Remember, the most important thing is to get there early (8:30). Be aware that you will have to pass through areas that will otherwise be closed, so this may take extra time (and patience), so plan accordingly. Also, if you are not planning to stay, then you should arrive extra early, as you will have to egress before 9:00 as well.

                                                              




                                                           


In addition to pizza from Domino’s for lunch, Viera Charter School will make it possible to have a concession sale from Long Doggers at the October Brouhaha Tournament.

  
                                   
                                         


If you dare - come in the best, scariest, most clever Halloween costume – we will award you with a BOO- surprise!
 
                                                        




Congratulations to the West Melbourne School for Science for winning the giant travelling pawn at the Fall Fracas Tournament!






                                              




June News

We would like to take a moment to give a special shout out and thank you to Scott & Linda Langford who lead the league so well for the past 5 years!

Chris Bortzner has agreed to take their place as tournament director starting next season. This is a big job, so, let‘s all step-up and help support Chris and the league.


Also, thank you Matt Cobb for taking all these great pictures. To see more pictures from the tournament - please click here!
           
       
                                       
   

 
 See more pictures taken by Coach Chris - please click here! 


Here is the tournament schedule for the 2014-2015 season

  • Sept. 27st Southwest Middle School
  • October 25th Viera Charter School 
  • November 22nd Melbourne Village Hall 
  • January 24th Temple Israel of Brevard
  • February 21st Viera Charter School 
  • March 14th Central Middle School
  • April 11th TBD
  • Mary 2nd Holy Trinity Academy, Lower Campus

 

"First Tournament is Free"-

Back by popular demand! In an effort to encourage "new" players to participate in tournaments, all first time unrated players will not have to pay their first tournament fee (typically $15).

However, you will still need to buy a USCF membership at the USCF website. The USCF membership is good for one year.

All players must pre-register by the Friday before the tournament to play in the first round. Walk-ins will get a first round bye. 

 

Important Information for players that have pre-registered but can’t come to the tournament-
We realize that “things” come up or happen and sometimes a player has pre-registered for a tournament but can’t come. Please read the information below about what to do if this happens.

A day or more before the tournament- If you are unable to attend the tournament and it is a day or more before the tournament please email the tournament director at chris@spacecoastchess.org so he can withdraw the player.
 
On the morning of the tournament- If on the morning of the tournament, a player is unable to attend please call your school chess coach or another player from your school and try to get the message to the tournament director. The player will be withdrawn and not paired.  When a player is a "no show" the other player that he/she is paired with does not get to play the first round and has to wait 30 minutes before they can claim a win by forfeit.

Typically we do not have internet access at the tournament site so the T.D. can't check the email at the tournament site. Email is checked at 7 am before the T.D. leaves for the tournament site- so if you can notify us by 7 am or earlier by email we can withdraw the player. 

 

As we all know playing chess builds character and develops life skills – so if you know of someone who might be interested please bring them along with you to our next tournament!



             


ChessKid.com - #1 Site for Kids

  

Safety - Dedicated to being a safe place for kids to learn and play chess! 

 No contact with strangers. Parents manage their kids' access and friendships online and can monitor their activity.

 Learn & ImproveDiscover the rules and strategies of chess! Improve your game, memorization skills, patience, and sportsmanship!

 

Play & Have Fun- Free online games with other kids from around the world! Enjoy tournaments & club matches too!



Although some functions on the site are free, in order to watch the videos, play online tournaments and do more than 3 puzzles a day, you need a Gold membership, which is $50/year on the website.
Coach Chris can get you the membership for only $15/year.

 If anyone is interested, please register and assign Guardianship to  (
Chris@BrevardChess.com) so he will activate their account and collect the fee.  
 








  













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