SPACE COAST SCHOLASTIC CHESS
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Elfi Ousley please contact her at 
elfi@spacecoastchess.org

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




June 2015  News
 

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the Grand Prix tournament at Melbourne Central Catholic School. It was a terrific tournament at a beautiful site. Thank you to Jim Ziarno, who arranged the event for us. We look forward to having more tournaments there in the future, and the participation of a full MCC team next year.

    Congratulations to our tournament section winners; Lucy Ryals (K1), Jared Wells (K3), Shaya Akbari (K6), Jalen Woods (K12), Priya Gutta (Open), and Sajan Gutta (Scholastic Masters). Top teams were; West Melbourne School for Science (K3), Viera Charter School (K6 and K12), and Our School House (Open). The Traveling Pawn was won this month by WMSS, but will be kept by OSH, which won it four times during  the year. The Grand Prix winners (for cumulative score for the year) were; Lucy Ryals (K1), Josh Cronkhite (K3), Andrew Camilli (K6), James Carter (K12), Peyton Kromash (Open), and Ayush Maddikonda (SM). Congratulations to everyone who participated.

    Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make this season a success; Elfi Ousley (website), Tom Moore (equipment), Jane Catacutan (scoring), Matt Cobb (photography), Sheryl Kromash (registration), Nick Moore, Bobby Saraka, Michael Catacutan, Zach Wooley and Billy Macom (Asst TD's), and all of the other parents who helped organize the playing sites and run the concessions. We could not have done it without your support.



                                                    


May 2015  News



Our next Tournament is the 

              Season Finale / Grand Prix Championship


Date:      Saturday May 2nd, 2015 

Time:      First round starts promptly at 9:00 am

Place:     Melbourne Central Catholic School

             100 East Florida Avenue, Melbourne, Florida 32901


                                

April 2015  News


The Brevard County Championship was a big success, with 95 players competing and having fun. Congratulations to everyone who played, especially Lucy Ryals (K1), Ethan Tal (K3), Andrew Camilli (K6), Jalen Woods (K12), Jonathan Diaz (Open), and Timmy Mayes (SM), who all won first place and the title of County Champion.

The top team overall was Viera Charter School, winning the Traveling Pawn.

Big thanks to Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Indialantic, which provided a beautiful site for a tournament, and the promise of future events there. We really appreciate their hospitality and great facilities.

The last tournament of the school year will be the Grand Prix Finale, May 2nd at Melbourne Central Catholic School, where we will be awarding trophies for year to date achievement.

Thank you Darlene Carter for taking these great pictures. To see more pictures from the Brevard County Scholastic Championship tournament please click here!

                                                


March 2015  News       
                    
Thank you to everyone who competed in the March Madness tournament, which was completed in less than 6 hours!
Congratulations to Roshan Anil, who won K1, on tie breaks. All of the other sections were won with perfect scores; Josh Cronkhite in K3, Caleb Cronkhite in K6, Dwight Catacutan in K12, Peyton Kromash in Open, and Liam Pelikan in Scholastic Masters. Congratulations to Caleb and Dwight, who will be moving up to the Open Section.
The next tournament will be April 11th at Eastminster Church in Indialantic.

 
Congratulations to Our School for winning our giant travelling pawn at the February - Queen of Hearts Tournament.
    
   


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

 

 

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.


                                                         




                                              

June 2014 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.

           
    
 

Here is the tournament schedule for the 2014-2015 season

 

Sept. 27.

 Southwest Middle School

October 25.

 Viera Charter School 

November 22.

  Melbourne Village Hall 

January 24.

 Viera Charter School     

February 21.

  Viera Charter School 

March 14.

  Central Middle School

April 11.

 Eastminster Presbyterian Church  Indialantic  

May 2.

 Melbourne Central Catholic school

 

"First Tournament is free for Brevard County students".  

Back by popular demand! In an effort to encourage new players to participate in tournaments, Brevard County students who are unrated 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!



             


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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 10 month at $10.

 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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