SPACE COAST SCHOLASTIC CHESS
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New website manager-
Elfi Ousley please contact her at 
elfi@spacecoastchess.org

with any website questions, etc.  
 


 


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




July News



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.


May News

Congratulations to Our School for winning our giant travelling pawn at the Season/Finale Grand Prix Championship Tournament! Their victories throughout the year enable them to win the Traveling Pawn for the 2013/2014 season - well done Our School!



     


Our next tournament is the Season/Finale Grand Prix Championship

        Date:      Saturday May 10th, 2014
      Time:      First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
      Place:     
Temple Israel of Brevard  
                            7350 Lake Andrew Drive Melbourne, Fl 32940 


                 


April News


Our travelling pawn was awarded to Our School for a super great team score of 15 points- super job!



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

Our next tournament is the Brevard County Scholastic Championship

        Date:      Saturday April 12th, 2014
      Time:      First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
      Place:     
Temple Israel of Brevard  
                            7350 Lake Andrew Drive Melbourne, Fl 32940 

            
       
                                       
   


March News

Congratulations to Indialantic Elementary for winning the giant travelling pawn at the March Mayhem!
Also, thank you Coach Chris for taking all these great pictures.  
 
                                    
See more pictures taken by Coach Chris - please click here! 

 85 Players pre-registered as of March 14th at 10 pm, click here for a list of pre-registered players, check player's name, section, byes and team and email me with any corrections at scott@spacecoastchess.org


Our next tournament is the March Mayhem Tournament

        Date:      Saturday March 15 th, 2014
      Time:      First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
      Place:     
Southwest Middle School  
                           451 Eldron Blvd. SE Palm Bay, FL 32909 
  
                           


February News

Congratulations
to
West Melbourne School for Science
- the February 2014 team winner of the Traveling Pawn!


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



Our next tournament is the Queen of Hearts Tournament

        92 Players pre-registered as of Friday February 21st at 6 pm, click here for a list of pre-registered players, check player's name, section, byes and team and email me with any corrections at scott@spacecoastchess.org

        Date:      Saturday February 22nd, 2014
      Time:      First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
      Place:     
Temple Israel of Brevard 
          7350 Lake Andrew Drive Melbourne, Fl   
              
                          
                                                 


January 2014 News



 Congratulations to RL Stevenson - the January 2014 team winner of the giant pawn! 
Also, thank you Coach Chris for taking all these great pictures.
To see more pictures taken by Coach Chris, please click here!



84
players pre-registered as of January 17th, 2014 at 11pm.
Click here for the list of pre-registered players and please check your player's section, school and byes if any and email corrections using our contact form.


Our next tournament is the Kings & Queens Tournament

        Date:      Saturday January 18th, 2014
      Time:      First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
      Place:     Temple Israel of Brevard
                7350 Lake Andrew Drive Melbourne FL   
 
                    

NEW NEWS! Results from the K-12 Nationals December 13-15th in Orlando, Florida. Several players from Space Coast Scholastic Chess played in the Nationals and did very well! If you have a player or team that you want to include here send me an email at scott@spacecoastchess.org  

    
Robert Louis Stevenson tied for third place in the 4th grade section!

    Peyton Kromash placed 2nd in the under 1200 section- good job!





November News

Congratulations to Robert Louis Stevenson for winning our giant travelling pawn at the Turkey Bash Tournament!

We had a great turnout with 83 players and everyone enjoyed the facilities at the Temple Israel of Brevard. Our next one will be January 18th at the Temple Israel of Brevard.

Have a nice holiday and see everyone at the next one!


  
                           




Our next tournament is:

The
Space Coast Scholastic Chess Turkey Bash

      Date:        Saturday November  2nd, 2013
      Time:        First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
      Place:       
Temple Israel of Brevard 
      Address:  7350 Lake Andrew Drive Melbourne, Fl 


                              



October News

We had a great turnout of 72 players at our October Brouhaha tournament at Saint Edward's School in Vero Beach. We had 18 new players and a couple of new players from Beachland Elementary in Vero Beach.

Congratulations to Our School- the October team winner of the giant pawn!
 
 

 

Our next tournament is the October Brouhaha  
           
            Date:       Saturday October. 19th, 2013
           Time:       First round starts promptly at 9:30 am
           Place:     
Saint Edward’s School
           Address: 1895 Saint Edward's Drive Vero Beach, Florida 32963

                                  


We had a great turn out for our first tournament of the year- 91 players attended the Fall Fracas at Southwest middle school. We had 18 new players and 8 new schools and even a couple of players from Grace Lutheran Preschool!

Our travelling pawn was awarded to Our School in the K-6 section for a super great team score of 13 points- super job!






                                 
You know ChessKid.com? This is great training tool for your kids! 


                      

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.



September News



Our next tournament is the Fall Fracas Tournament 
           
            Date:       Saturday September 21st, 2013
           Time:       First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
           Place:     
Southwest Middle School
           Address:
451 Eldron Blvd SE, Palm Bay, FL 32909




"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). 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.

Tournament Schedule- Here is the tournament schedule for the 2013-2014 year

  • Sept. 21st Southwest Middle School
  • October 19th Saint Edward's
  • November 16th Indialantic
  • January 18th Temple Israel of Brevard
  • February 22nd TBD
  • March 15th Southwest Middle School
  • April 12th Temple Israel of Brevard
  • Mary 3rd Freedom 7 Elementary

 

May News
Congratulations to RL Stevenson - the May team winner of the giant pawn! 
 
      
        

Our next tournament is the Season Finale/Grand Prix Championship
          
           Date:       Saturday May 4th, 2013
           Time:       First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
           Place:      Freedom 7 Elementary School
           Address:
400 4th Street South Cocoa Beach, Fl 32931

New- Updated Grand Prix Standings as of the April 2013 Tournament-
Please go to the links/grand prix standings page for the Grand Prix standings as of the April 2013 tournament. Please email with corrections/changes for the Grand Prix to
scott@spacecoastchess.org  Remember, only points scored "over the board" count towards the Grand Prix so draws count as 1/2 point toward Grand Prix points but byes do not count toward Grand Prix points.



               
                                    

Congratulations to RL Stevenson - the April team winner of the giant pawn!  
      
 
April News

Our next tournament is the Brevard County Scholastic Chess Championship

        Date:      Saturday April 20th, 2013
      Time:      First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
      Place:     
Temple Israel of Brevard 
                                  7350 Lake Andrew Drive Melbourne, Fl 


March News
Home Team Wins the Giant Pawn 
Congratulations to Indialantic Elementary for winning the giant travelling pawn at the March Mayhem! The K-6 team scored a whopping 15 points to bring home the giant pawn- good job!

                  



Our next tournament is the Space Coast Scholastic Chess March Mayhem Tournament

          Date: Saturday March 16th, 2013
        Time: First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
        Place:
Indialantic Elementary School 

        Address: 1050 North Palm Ave Indialantic, FL32903
                   
                                                               

Congratulations to RL Stevenson - the February team winner of the giant pawn! 
Also, thank you Coach Chris for taking all these great pictures.

    

 

February News

Please note- We are not hosting the Florida East Regional tournament this year. We will host our "regular monthly" tournament the Queen of Hearts tournament in February see info. below-

Our next tournament is the Space Coast Scholastic Chess Queen of Hearts Tournament

              Date: Saturday Feb. 23th, 2013
           Time: First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
           Place:
Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary
                            Address: 1450 Martin Blvd. Merritt Island, FL 32951  

          
                                                                      



Information on the Florida Scholastic Chess League's Invitation Only Tournament (formerly called the FAST tournament) and now called the "Florida Scholastic State Championship" April 26th-28th.

In the past, the "FAST" tournament was an invitation only tournament held by the Florida Scholastic Chess League and players had to qualify in one of 4 regionals tournaments and Space Coast Scholastic Chess traditionally hosted the "Florida East Regional Tournament". However, the Florida Scholastic Chess League decided that the previous format of 4 regionals would be replaced by 2 Super-Regionals (South and North only).Unfortunately both qualifying tournaments have already passed, the South was January 11th-13th and the North was February 2nd-3rd.

I contacted Florida Scholastic Chess League and asked how players from our area could possibly attend without going to one of the Super Regionals and we were told that "Any player, who appears on the January 2013 "top 100" lists, as published by the U.S. Chess Federation, automatically qualifies for the
Scholastic Chess Championship". Here is a link to the qualifying guidelines. Here is the link to the FSCL website. The list of top 100 players will be emailed to me and I will post it on the homepage of our website. The invitation only tournament will be April 26th-28th in Tampa, Florida. I don't have the tournament information yet, but I will post it as soon as it becomes available. Our contact person is Eric Cooper, at Indialantic Elementary eric@spacecoastchess.org and please email him with any questions or comments- Thank You Scott Langford, tournament director.  

 


 January 2013 News

 

Welcome back chess players!

 99 players pre-registered as of January 25th, 2013 at 8 pm. Click here for the list of pre-registered players and please check your player's section, school and byes if any and email corrections using our contact form.

Our next tournament is:

              The Kings and Queens Tournament 

              Date:   Saturday January 26th, 2013
              Time:   First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
              Place:  
Gemini Elementary

              Address: 2100 Oak St. Melbourne Beach FL, 32951

                                    

Results of the K-12 Nationals in Orlando, Florida

Several past and current players of Space Coast Scholastic Chess played in the K-12 Nationals in Orlando in December. Click here to see the tournament results.
Our assistant tournament director, Nick Moore (1988), placed 9th in his section winning 5 out of 7 of his games in a tough field! Eighth grader Thomas Burcik from Central Middle School came in first place in the under 800 K-8 section- good job! Nick Moore, Evan Cooper, Lev Freeman and Austin Smithe took 3rd place as a West Shore team in K-9 and they were only ½ of a point out of 1st and 2nd place (which tied) way to go!

Parents and players if you have some news about your player playing in the Nationals please email me and I will add the news here! Thanks, Scott Langford, tournament director.


Please come back! Players rated 1500 and above!

Many of our higher rated players (1500 and above) stop playing in our scholastic chess tournaments for different reasons but they would benefit from playing tournament chess.

Starting in the January tournament I will offer those players the opportunity to play one or two games. The games will be game in 90 with the first game from about 10 am – 1 pm and the second game from about 1:30 -4:30 pm. Players can decide to have the games rated or not.
Players need to contact each other and decide who is going to play who, etc. and email me at scott@spacecoastchess.org
 
I will send out an email with interested player’s names and ratings so that players can contact each other. Please email me with any suggestions on how to run this. In the past, I have found that I have too much going on with the regular tournament to try to organize an extra section of players. Also not all of the schools will have an “extra” room to play in so players can choose to play in the regular tournament hall with the other players (separate table/area) or even outside on a table/bench.





2012 Winter News 

More players and more fun! 

Our “Turkey Bash” tournament was a great success!  We had 125 players which included 23 new players and 5 new schools. The Novice section had a great turnout with 17 players and we hope to see some of those players again in January at the Kings and Queens tournament at Gemini.

We want to thank everyone for their hard work that makes every tournament a success.  We had several student volunteers that helped with setting up boards, checking players in, score keeping and assisting the tournament director.  A big thank you to parent and adult volunteers- Tom Moore our equipment manager, Matt Cobb our photographer, Elfi  Ousley our website manager and Cindy Rhoton for helping with the trophies!  We couldn’t have done it without our volunteers- thanks!

                      We wish everyone Happy Holidays! See everyone the 26th of January 2013!

Congratulations to Holy Trinity- the November team winner of the giant pawn!  Since the traveling pawn had a “traveling problem,” we will have a makeup picture with the team and the pawn in January! Below is a photo of the Holy Trinity winning team with the “imaginary pawn”!

   

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 scott@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. 

Matt Cobb our volunteer photographer has taken again great Photos of our chess playing kids at the Turkey Bash tournament and posted them on flickr. 
 
                                                  
 


November News

113 players pre-registered for the Turkey Bash Tournament as of November 16th at 8 pm.

Our
next tournament is:

The
Space Coast Scholastic Chess Turkey Bash

      Date:        Saturday November  17th, 2012
      Time:        First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
      Place:       
Indialantic Elementary
      Address:  1050 North Palm Ave, Indialantic, FL 32903
                                                

New- Want to try out tournament chess? Novice Section-
For the November tournament we will have a special section called the "Novice" section for new players that want to try out scholastic chess. Players for this section will not need a USCF membership but still need to pre-register by Friday November 16th at 7pm. On the pre-registration form for the player's section select "NOVICE". The entry fee for this section will be only $5 and can be paid at the tournament. The players in this section will play 5 unrated games. Trophies will be awarded to the top 5 players and medals for all players. This section is geared toward beginning chess players in the lower grades (third grade and under). Please contact Scott at
scott@spacecoastchess.org with questions.



                                                                           


October News

For our October Brouhaha Tournament we had a great turnout - 90 players which included 5 new chess fans. Everyone seemed to have a "spooky good time" and we all enjoyed seeing the creative costumes.

A big thank you to Satellite High School for hosting and we all loved the split tournament hall!

Congratulations to R.L. Stevenson Elementary for winning the "giant travelling pawn"- Good job!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Turkey Bash Tournament.

 

                 
        
Costume Contest at the October Brouhaha!

Join in the fun and wear a costume to our October Brouhaha tournament this Saturday October 20th at Satellite High School. Prizes to the first and second place winners in each category- see flier below for more info. So, players - join in the fun and wear a cool costume!


         




New
- check out the photos from our last tournament the Fall Fracas on Sept. 22nd at Southwest Middle School. Click on the icon below to see the photos on flick-
    
                                                    

81 players registered for the Tournament as of October 19th at 9 pm.  

    Our next tournament is:

    The
Space Coast Scholastic Chess October Brouhaha Tournament 

         Date: Saturday October 20th, 2012
          Time: First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
          Place:
Satellite High School
         Address: 300 Scorpion Court, Satellite Beach, FL 32937

                                                   
Our first tournament of the 2012-2013 season started off with 100 players- 85 return players and 15 new players! 

This is a great start for the season and we would like to thank all the players, parents, teachers, coaches and volunteers that help make Space Coast Scholastic Chess a great place to play scholastic chess!

The teams were very strong this time and the traveling pawn went to Heritage High School for scoring a top score of 15 points – congratulations on a big win!

 

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! Don’t’ forget to tell them that the first USCF tournament entry is free to all first time players and all they need to do is purchase a USCF membership at the tournament for $14.  

 




Finally - we hope that everyone had a great time and a super fun summer break; so are you ready for the 2012-2013 chess season?

93 players registered for the Tournament as of Sept. 21st.

Our first tournament is:
   The Space Coast Scholastic Chess Fall Fracas 

    Date:        Saturday September 22nd, 2012
    Time:        First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
    Place:       Southwest Middle School    
   
Address:   451 Eldron Blvd. SE, Palm Bay, FL 32909 
    
Please also note:
"NO pets, footballs, frisbees or any other object that can be thrown will be allowed in the outside patio area".  
  


NEW FOR THE 2012-2013 SEASON


New volunteers- Elfi Ousley a long time supporter of Space Coast Scholastic Chess and friend of chess player Kai Wang's family has volunteered to be our website manager. Anything pertaining to the website please email Elfi at elfi@spacecoastchess.org and she can help you out. Elfi has also volunteered to help us with the gift cards that are given out for every fourth tournament.

Matt Cobb another long time supporter of Space Coast Scholastic Chess and parent to chess players Griffin and Evan Cobb has volunteered to be our photographer at the tournaments. Photos of our chess playing kids will be taken at each tournament and posted on flickr.   

"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). 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.

Tournament Schedule- This year we are trying to get the 2012-2013 schedule set before the first tournament in September to help everyone plan for other activities, etc. So far we have-

  • Sept. 22nd Southwest Middle School (confirmed)
  • October 20th Satellite High (confirmed)
  • Nov. 17th Indialantic (confirmed)
  • Jan. 26th Gemini (confirmed)
  • Feb. 23rd Robert Louis Stevenson (confirmed)
  • March- (still working on this one)
  • April- Holy Trinity (date not yet set)
  • May 4th Freedom 7 (confirmed)


New this season- Recycle those trophies!- Starting with the September tournament, players in the Open section and K-12 will have the option of turning in the 1st-3rd place individual trophies for a free tournament entry to the next tournament. Just accept your trophy at the awards ceremony and bring it to us at the end of the awards ceremony and we will give you a certificate for a free tournament entry and we will recycle the trophy and use it at the next tournament. We are trying this out based on input from "seasoned players" that have more trophies than they have room for.


The Giant Pawn Traveling Trophy is Back!



New this season- Recycle those trophies!-

Compete to win the giant pawn trophy and bring it to your school and show it off until the next tournament. The giant pawn trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring team (top 4 scores count as a team). 
 

 

2012 Summer Updates: 

Our last tournament on May 12th at the Freedom 7 Elementary School ended the 2011 - 2012 season. 

We had an average of 111 players per tournament compared to 99 tournament players of last year.

The SCCC "First Tournament is Free" program was again a huge hit; we had an amazing 35 first time tournament players at the Southwest Middle School on Sept 24th.

Space Coast Scholastic Chess takes the summer off and we will start again with our first tournament in September 2012.


May News

97 players registered for the Tournament as of May 11th at 10 pm.

New- check out the photos from our last tournament, the Brevard County Scholastic Chess Championship- Photos are here


Our next tournament is the Season Finale/Grand Prix Championship
    Date          Saturday May 12th, 2012
     Time          First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
     Place         Freedom 7 Elementary School
     Address     400 4th Street South Cocoa Beach, Fl 32931 


Updated Grand Prix Standings- Please go to the links/grand prix standings page for the Grand Prix standings as of the March 2012 tournament. The Grand Prix standings will be updated shortly to include the April tournament results. Please email with corrections/changes for the Grand Prix to
scott@spacecoastchess.org.  Remember, only points scored "over the board" count towards the Grand Prix.





Spring News


New- check out the photos from our last tournament- Photos from the March Mayhem Tournament!


Our next tournament is the Brevard County Scholastic Chess Championship

Date Saturday April 21st, 2012
Time First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
Place Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy (lower campus)
Address 50 West Strawbridge Ave. Melbourne, Fl 32901



108 players registered for the Tournament as of April 20th at 10 pm.



"FAST" information- Updated April 19, 2012:

Date announced for the Florida All Stars Tournament "FAST"- May 18-20. Tournament flier here

Top 3 teams and individuals from each section of the Feb. tournament qualify
                        
Team invitations- will be handed out at the tournament on April 21st
Entry fee for teams is $100 for 4 to 5 players 
If a team has fewer than 4 players the entry fee is $25 per person
Entry fee must be received by 5/4/2012 (complete info. provided in team invitation
package)

Individual invitations- Eric Cooper will be sending them out and players should have them by next week (week of April 23rd). Individual entry fee is $25. Pre-register by emailing Britt Ryerson at bryerson@gmail.com . Britt is the representative from the North Region and is helping run the FAST. After a player pre-registers by email a check should be sent to P.O. Box 12197 Gainesvlle, Fl 32604.

For questions please contact
eric@spacecoastchess.org . Mr. Cooper from Indialantic Elementary is the representative from our area for the Florida Scholastic Chess League and can answer questions about the "FAST" tournament.  Link to "FAST" info. on Florida Scholastic Chess League Website here.





March 2012 News

Our next tournament is the March Mayhem Tournament

Date Saturday March 17, 2012
Time First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
Place Indialantic Elementary
Address 1050 North Palm Ave. Indialantic, Fl 32903

click here to pre-register

84 players registered for the Tournament as of March 16th at 8:00 pm.


February 2012 News-

New tournament dates & location confirmed- February 25th, 2012 at Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary. Pre-registration is now open. Please note- If you pre-registered for the previously scheduled tournament I need you to submit a new pre-registration form if you plan on playing in the tournament on the 25th!

click here to pre-register and here to look up your uscf id
and here for the USCF membership form


123 players registered for the Tournament as of Feb. 24th at 10:00 pm.

Tournament at Central Middle School on Feb. 18th, 2012 rescheduled.

Our next tournament is the 2012 East Florida Regional Scholastic Chess Tournament

Date Feb. 25th, 2012
Time First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
Place Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary
Address 1450 Martin Blvd. Merritt Island, Fl 32951

Notes: Sections are K-1, K-3, K-5, K-8 and K-12 (different than our
regular sections) and top 3 teams and top 3 individuals from
each section will be invitated to the Florida All-Star Tournament
in April (date and location tbd)
click here to pre-register

New- check out the photos from our last tournament the Kings and Queens at Gemini Elementary.
Photos from the Kings and Queens Tournament!


DON'T FORGET THE SIMULTANEOUS!

Players will be able to participate in a simultaneous with local chess coaches Chris Bortzner or Milos Baishanski and have the opportunity to win $50 for a win and $25 for a draw! The simul will take place before the tournament on Sat. Feb 25th at Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary.

· Simul starts promptly at 8 am
· Cost is $2 per player (collected at the tournament)
· Limited to first 24 players, first come first served
· No need to pre-register or pre-pay, just show up pay and play
· $50 for a win and $25 for a draw! (Last year we had 1 win- good luck)

The Regional tournament is our biggest tournament of the year. The sections for the Regional tournament are K-1, K-3, K-5, K-8 and K-12, which are different from our "regular" tournament sections. Top 3 teams and top 3 individuals from each section will be invited to the invitational Florida All Stars Tournament in April (date and location tbd).

 

Happy New Year- January 2012 News


113 players registered for the Kings and Queens Tournament as of Jan. 20th at 7:30 pm. Click here for a list of pre-registered players and email any changes/corrections using our contact form.


Our next tournament is the Space Coast Scholastic Chess Kings and Queens Tournament

Date Saturday January 21, 2012
Time First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
Place Gemini Elementary
Address 2100 Oak Street Melbourne Beach, Fl 32951

click here to pre-register

New- check out the photos from our last tournament the Turkey Bash Nov. 12th, 2011 at Indialantic Elementary
Photos from the Turkey Bash!


November News

110 players registered for the Turkey Bash Tournament as of Nov. 11th at 7 pm. Click here for a list of pre-registered players and email any changes/corrections using our contact form.


Our next tournament is the Space Coast Scholastic Chess Turkey Bash Tournament

Date Saturday November 12th 2011
Time First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
Place Indialantic Elementary
Address 1050 North Palm Ave. Indialantic, Fl 32903

click here to pre-register

New- check out these photos and more from our last tournament- see the link below.


Check out the photos from the Oct. Brouhaha here- link to photos a great way to view them is to use the slide show link in the upper right hand corner- enjoy and a big thanks to parent volunteer Shawn Harrs for taking these great photos for our website!


Can you guess where the Traveling Pawn Trophy is this month?



Compete to win the giant pawn trophy and bring it to your school and show it off until the next tournament. The trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring team (top 4 scores count as a team). Congratulations to Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy for winning the giant pawn trophy for the second time in a row at the October Brouhaha! Can they continue their winning streak- come find out at the Turkey Bash on Nov. 12th at Indialantic Elementary!


September News

Check out the photos from the Fall Fracas here- link to photos
a great way to view them is to use the slide show link in the upper right hand corner- enjoy and a big thanks to parent volunteer Shawn Harrs for taking these great photos for our website!

105 players registered for the October Brouhaha Chess Tournament as of Oct. 7th at 9 pm. Click here for a list of pre-registered players and email any changes/corrections using our contact form.


Our next tournament is the Space Coast Scholastic Chess October Brouhaha Tournament

Date Saturday October 8th 2011
Time First round starts promptly at 9:00 am
Place Holy Trinity Lower Campus
Address 50 West Strawbridge Ave. Melbourne, Fl 32901

click here to pre-register

Where is the giant traveling pawn this month?

 

 

Compete to win the giant pawn trophy and bring it to your school and show it off until the next tournament. The trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring team (top 4 scores count as a team). Congratulations to Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy for winning the giant pawn trophy at the Fall Fracas Tournament!

"First Tournament is Free" Again, if this is your very first USCF rated tournament you will not have to pay the $15 entry fee. However, you will still need to buy a USCF membership which is $13 if purchased at the tournament or $16 if you buy it from the USCF website. The USCF membership is good for one year.

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Tournament dates for 2011-2012

Please go to our tournaments dates page to see the schedule for the 2011-2012 year. We are working with the schools to finalize the dates and the tournaments dates page will be updated asap. So far these dates have been confirmed by the schools-

Sept 24th Southwest Middle School
Oct 8th Holy Trinity Lower Campus
Nov. 12th Indialantic Elementary
Jan 21st Gemini Elementary
May 12th Freedom 7 Elementary


The New Giant Pawn Traveling Trophy is Here!

Compete to win the giant pawn trophy and bring it to your school and show it off until the next tournament. The giant pawn trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring team (top 4 scores count as a team).

Summer Chess Camp
Hope everyone is having a great summer. Milos and Chris our local chess coaches are having a joint chess camp, see the flier for more info.

Best of Both Worlds Summer Chess Camp -July 11th-15th

 

  • 8 am to noon
  • location Brevard Chess Center 599 Sherwood Ave. Suite 103 Satellite Beach, Fl 32927
  • taught by both local chess coaches Chris and Milos
  • cost is $195 per student and siblings are half price!
  • price includes T-shirt, commemorative photo, snacks, drinks and some great lessons!

 

This will be a great workshop and a great way to get the kids started on chess again before the scholastic season starts up again in September. Contact Chris Bortzner to register, or for more information email chris@brevardchess.com

 

Summer Updates

The 2010-2011 season ended with our last tournament of the season on May 14th, 2011. We had a great year. We had an average of 99 players per tournament compared to 81 from last year. The "first tournament is free" program was a huge hit and we had an amazing 29 first time players at our January Kings and Queens tournament- a record for sure!

Space Coast Scholastic Chess takes the summer off and we start again with our first tournament in September.


"FAST" information:
New dates for the Florida All Stars Tournament "FAST"- May 20-22. See the tournaments page for more info. For questions please contact
eric@spacecoastchess.org . Mr. Cooper from Indialantic Elementary is the representative from our area for the Florida Scholastic Chess League and can answer questions about the "FAST" tournament. Updated "FAST" info here. Link to "FAST" info. on Florida Scholastic Chess League Website here.


Where is the giant traveling pawn now?

This year we saw West Shore Jr./Sr. High, Central Middle School , and St. Edwards in a close race for the Giant Traveling Pawn. West Shore won it for a second time at the Season Finale in May but in the end it was St. Edwards that took the Giant Pawn home for good. The St. Edwards team beat out the West shore team by 1.5 points- way to go St. Edwards!

So congratulations again to St. Edwards School in Vero- these “chess masters,” earned the Giant Pawn – a great honor indeed!

New Pictures!

Check out the photos from the Season Finale/Grand Prix Chess Tournament on May 14th, 2011
- Click here to view photos (click on the slide show link in the upper right hand corner for a quick and easy way to view)

May News

102 players registered for the Season Finale/Grand Prix as of May 13th at 7 pm. Click here for a list of pre-registered players and email any changes/corrections using our contact form.

Our next tournament is the Season Finale/Grand Prix Chess Tournament

date Saturday May 14th, 2011
time- first round starts promptly at 9:00 am
place- Indialantic Elementary
1050 North Palm Ave. Indialantic, Fl 32903

click here to pre-register.

"FAST" information- New dates for the Florida All Stars Tournament "FAST"- May 20-22. See the tournaments page for more info. For questions please contact eric@spacecoastchess.org . Mr. Cooper from Indialantic Elementary is the representative from our area for the Florida Scholastic Chess League and can answer questions about the "FAST" tournament. Updated "FAST" info here. Link to "FAST" info. on Florida Scholastic Chess League Website here.


New- Check out the photos from the Brevard County Scholastic Chess Championship on April 16th, 2011 - Click here to view photos (click on the slide show link in the upper right hand corner for a quick and easy way to view)

Grand Prix Standings updated! The Grand Prix standings for each section are listed under the Links/Grand Prix tab. Go to the Links/Grand Prix page and scroll down to see the Grand Prix standings tables for each section. Please check these carefully and email me using the contact form with any corrections/questions.

"First Tournament is Free" Again, if this is your very first USCF rated tournament you will not have to pay the $15 entry fee at the March Mayhem tournament. If you played in the Novice section in November it doesn't count as your first tournament because it was not USCF rated. But you will still need to buy a USCF membership which is $13 if purchased at the tournament or $16 if you buy it from the USCF website. The USCF membership is good for one year.



Where is the giant traveling pawn this month?



Compete to win the giant pawn trophy and bring it to your school and show it off until the next tournament. The trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring team (top 4 scores count as a team). Congratulations to St. Edwards School in Vero Beach for winning the giant pawn trophy at the Brevard County Scholastic Chess Championship!

April News

97 players registered for the Brevard County Scholastic Chess Championship as of April 15th at 10 pm. Click here for a list of pre-registered players and email any changes/corrections using our contact form.


Our next tournament is the Brevard County Scholastic Chess Championship

date Saturday April 16th, 2011
time- first round starts promptly at 9:00 am
place- Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy (lower campus)
50 West Strawbridge Ave. Melbourne, Fl 32901

click here to pre-register.

New- Space Coast Open Tournament reduced entry fee for Brevard County Students ($20 online or $25 at site). Tournament dates April 29- May 1st or April 30th- May 1st. Click here for a tournament announcement.

New dates for the Florida All Stars Tournament "FAST"- May 20-22. See the tournaments page for more info. Updated "FAST" info here. Link to "FAST" info. on Florida Scholastic Chess League Website here.

New- Grand Prix Standings updated and includes March! The Grand Prix standings for each section are listed under the Links/Grand Prix tab. Go to the Links/Grand Prix page and scroll down to see the Grand Prix standings tables for each section.

"First Tournament is Free" Again, if this is your very first USCF rated tournament you will not have to pay the $15 entry fee at the March Mayhem tournament. If you played in the Novice section in November it doesn't count as your first tournament because it was not USCF rated. But you will still need to buy a USCF membership which is $13 if purchased at the tournament or $16 if you buy it from the USCF website. The USCF membership is good for one year.


New Photos- Check out these photos and more from our last tournament (see link below)




New- Check out the photos from the March Mayhem tournament at Central Middle School on March 19th, 2011 - Click here to view photos (click on the slide show link in the upper right hand corner for a quick and easy way to view)


Where is the giant traveling pawn this month?



Compete to win the giant pawn trophy and bring it to your school and show it off until the next tournament. The trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring team (top 4 scores count as a team). Congratulations to Central Middle School for winning the giant pawn trophy at the March Mayhem Chess Tournament!

March News!

New- Grand Prix Standings! The current Grand Prix standings for each section are listed under the Links/Grand Prix tab. Go to the Links/Grand Prix page and scroll down to see the Grand Prix standings tables for each section.

95 players registered as of March 18th at 9 pm. Click here for a list of pre-registered players and email any changes/corrections using our contact form.


Our next tournament is the March Mayhem Tournament

date Saturday March 19th, 2011
time- first round starts promptly at 9:00 am
place- Central Middle School 2600 Wingate Blvd. West Melbourne, Fl

click here to pre-register.

"First Tournament is Free" Again, if this is your very first USCF rated tournament you will not have to pay the $10 entry fee at the March Mayhem tournament. If you played in the Novice section in November it doesn't count as your first tournament because it was not USCF rated. But you will still need to buy a USCF membership which is $13 if purchased at the tournament or $16 if you buy it from the USCF website. The USCF membership is good for one year.

New- Check out the photos from the Regionals tournament at Central Middle School on Feb. 19th, 2011 - Click here to view photos (click on the slide show link in the upper right hand for a quick and easy way to view)

Where is the giant traveling pawn this month?



Compete to win the giant pawn trophy and bring it to your school and show it off until the next tournament. The trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring team (top 4 scores count as a team). Congratulations to Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy for winning the giant pawn trophy at the East Florida Regionals Chess Championship!


FEBRUARY 2011 NEWS

112 players registered as of February 18th at 9:00 pm. Click here for a list of pre-registered players and email any changes/corrections using our contact form.

Our next tournament is the

2011 East Florida Regional Scholastic Chess Championship
date- Saturday February 19th, 2011
time- first round starts promptly at 9:00 am
place- Central Middle School 2600 Wingate Blvd. West Melbourne, Fl 32904

click here to pre-register.

DON'T FORGET THE SIMULTANEOUS!

This Saturday at 8 am, COME PLAY AGAINST LOCAL CHESS COACHES MILOS AND CHRIS! It's a lot of fun and it's only$2 to play!

Players will be able to participate in a simultaneous with local chess coaches Chris Bortzner or Milos Baishanski and have the opportunity to win $50 for a win and $25 for a draw! The simul will take place before the tournament on Sat. Feb 19th at Central Middle School.
· Simul starts promptly at 8 am
· Cost is $2 per player (collected at the tournament)
· Limited to first 20 players, first come first served
· No need to pre-register or pre-pay, just show up pay and play
· $50 for a win and $25 for a draw! (Last year we had 2 wins and 1 draw- good luck)

 

The Regional tournament is our biggest tournament of the year. The sections for the Regional tournament are K-1, K-3, K-5, K-8 and K-12, which are different from our "regular" tournament sections. First place players in each section (K-1, K-3, K-5, K-8 and K-12) and players from each first place team are invited to the invitational Florida All Stars Tournament on May 27th-29th in West Palm Beach, Florida (see the Tournaments page for more info.). Trophies will be awarded to the top 10 in each section and to the top 3 teams in K-3, K-5 and K-8 and to the top team in K-1 and K-12.

New- Check out the photos from the Kings and Queens Tournament- Click here to view photos (click on the slide show link in the upper right hand for a quick and easy way to view)


Where is the giant traveling pawn this month?



Compete to win the giant pawn trophy and bring it to your school and show it off until the next tournament. The trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring team (top 4 scores count as a team). The giant pawn is enjoying itself at the fabulous INDIALANTIC ELEMENTARY (pictured above)! Congratulations to Indialantic Elementary for winning the giant pawn trophy at the January Kings and Queens tournament!

JANUARY 2011 NEWS

104 players registered for the Kings and Queens tournament as of Jan. 28th at 9pm. Click here for a list of pre-registered players and email any corrections/changes using our contact form.

Our next tournament is the Kings and Queens Tournament

date Saturday January 29th, 2011
time- first round starts promptly at 9:00 am
place- Gemini Elementary 2100 Oak Street Melbourne Beach, Fl 32951

click here to pre-register.

"First Tournament is Free" Again, if this is your very first USCF rated tournament you will not have to pay the $15 entry fee at the Kings and Queens tournament. If you played in the Novice section last month it doesn't count as your first tournament because it was not USCF rated. But you will still need to buy a USCF membership which is $13 if purchased at the tournament or $16 if you buy it from the USCF website. The USCF membership is good for one year.


Where is the Giant Pawn?


Compete to win the giant pawn trophy and bring it to your school to show it off until the next tournament. The trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring team (top four scores count as a team). Congratulations to St. Edward's School in Vero Beach for winning the giant pawn trophy at the Turkey Bash tournament!

Central Middle School will host the Florida East Regional Tournament on Feb. 19th, 2011. This is our biggest tournament of the year and we expect a record number of players this year. Click here for the tournament announcement for the Regionals. Pre-registration for this tournament will open on Feb. 1st, 2011.

NEW- Check out the photos from the Turkey Bash Tournament- click here to view the photos (click on the slide show link on the upper right hand corner for a quick and easy way to view)



NOVEMBER 2010 NEWS

Date set for the January Tournament- January 29th, 2011 at Gemini Elementary details coming soon!

Check out the photos from the October Brouhaha Tournament- Click here to view photos (click on the slide show link in the upper right hand corner for a quick and easy way to view!)


Novice Section- For the November tournament we will have a special section called the "Novice" section for new players that want to try out scholastic chess. Players for this section will not need a USCF membership but still need to pre-register by Friday November 19th. On the pre-registration form for the player's section select "NOVICE". The entry fee for this section will be only $5 and can be paid at the tournament. The players in this section will play 5 unrated games. Trophies will be awarded. This section is geared toward beginning chess players in the lower grades (third grade and under).


"First Tournament is Free"- 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). All players must pre-register by the Friday before the tournament to play in the first round.

New Traveling Trophy The Giant Pawn-
Compete to win the giant pawn trophy and bring it to your school to show it off until the next tournament. The traveling pawn trophy will be awarded to the top scoring team at the Turkey Bash tournament. Congratulations to Central Middle School for winning the giant pawn trophy at the October Brouhaha tournament. Top 4 scores count as a team.

USCF memberships will be available for purchase or to renew at the tournament site. Contact Chris Bortzner at Brevard Chess Center for more information. You can purchase or renew an economy scholastic membership (for players 18 years and younger but does not include the magazine) for $13 from Brevard Chess Center. Or if you prefer, you can still purchase or renew your membership through USCF.


NEW FOR THE 2010-2011 SEASON

"On-Time Start"- In an effort to start on time and end on time, first round pairings will be made Friday night to allow a 9:00 am start time. The first round will start at 9:00 am not 9:30 am like last year! Please arrive in plenty of time to allow a 9:00 am start time! In order to play in the first round, all players must be pre-registered by Friday at 7:00 pm. Parents still need to check in their players at the check in table and pay the tournament fee upon arrival. Walk-Ins and players that are not pre-registered will receive a 1/2 point bye for the first round. If a pre-registered player is late, they can still play in the round and they have up to 30 minutes before their opponent can claim a forfeit on time. Of course, if the player is more than a few minutes late, the late player may have to play the entire game using very little time.


"USCF Memberships now available for purchase at the tournament"-
USCF membership is required to play in the tournament. New this season, you may purchase a new USCF membership or renew your existing membership at the tournament through Brevard Chess Center (Chris Bortzner) which is a registered affiliate of USCF and receive a $3 discount on an economy scholastic membership (which is the scholastic membership without the magazine subscription). You still must pre-register for the tournament. On the tournament pre-registration form enter "will purchase USCF" in the USCF member number box. To purchase a USCF membership directly from USCF click here.

"First Tournament is Free"-
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). All players must pre-register by the Friday before the tournament to play in the first round.


"New Section K-6"- K-5 section has been changed to K-6. Players and teams in Kindergarten through 6th grade are eligible for this section.

"No Confirmation Emails"- Unfortunately our old web site form mailer tool was taken out of use by our hosting provider. Due to the changes our new pre-registration form will not automatically send out a confirmation email when you submit the form. Instead, we direct you to a "Thank You" page that you can print as your pre-registration confirmation if you like. We hope to have an email confirmation back in service soon.

"New Time Control for the Open Section"- The time control for the Open section (players rated over 1000) will be increased from game in 30 to game in 40 with the last round game in 50. This change was made based on several requests from players in the Open section.

"New Prizes for the Open Section"- Like last year, we will award trophies for 1st through 3rd places in the open section. This year, open players will have an option to choose between the trophy or a gift card. The gift card will be $30 for first place, $20 for second and $15 for third.

The above changes were made based on input that we received at our end of the year meeting and input from the players.

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