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Tuesday Ciociaro layout
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with hall and section assignments
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High school Chess Challenge
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25 February, 8.45 am Hall layouts complete
The Windsor Star was late, and so it was either work or talk to what's-'er-name. It's Saturday - Kathleen, do I get time-and-a-half?
The hall layouts are done, with only minor changes. Take a look here:
Tuesday Ciociaro Club layouts
Wednesday Ciociaro Club layouts
24 February, 11.45 pm All sorted out...
The final number was 1451 players.. they have been divided in sections - 89 sections, if I counted correctly - and you can find the lst for each school here: Registered schools,
with hall and section assignments
I'll have a look at the hall layouts in the morning. Time to veg-out.
24 February Last day for adjusting your list of players
This is the very last day for shuffling and ruffling your list of players. After 5.00 pm, I start dividing the players into groups (called 'sections'), and Kathleen starts printing name tags and score cards.
20 February Lotsa kids
With some of the original estimates a bit high, and adding in the 133 players on the waiting list, we will end up about 1450 players total, I think.
I've made preliminary plans for setting out the sections at the Ciociaro - you can have a sneak-peak at them here: Tuesday and Wednesday.
18 February List of registered players
This is the list of registered players as of February 17th. The 133 players on the waiting list are not included yet.
17 February Last day to enter players
The deadline for entering the names of your players is 6.00 pm, Friday 17th.... After then, you will not be allowed to add any players. You can make changes to your list until the 24th, but not add any more players after the 17th.
5 February We've got medals
29 January Practice tournament
For players who just know they are going to reach the playoffs, there is a practice tournament on Sunday February 5th. (In the afternoon, so it will be finished before the Superbowl starts.)
Most schools (up to 600 students): 20 players overall, not more than 8 per grade
Results update: There were 40 players in three sections. The A-section was won by Thomas Pan, the B-section was a tie between Jacob Gaisinsky, Sam Ripley, and Terry Wang; I don't know who won the playoff. The C-section was a tie between Caydon Wang and Trianna Tran... once again, I don't know the result of the playoff.
19 January Spaced out...
So, on the 10 day of registration, we hit our theoretical maximum number of players. We have 1415 players, based on teachers' estimates. Tuesday is 102% full, and Wednesday is exactly full.
Please note that registration is closed based on estimates. If you want to be put on the waiting list, please email kathleen
16 January Space...
At the time of writing, we have 1174 players, and Tuesday is full, at 99.3% of capacity. There is still space on Wednesday.
10 January Online Registration
Online registration is ready for business and will be open starting January 10
Chess Challenge 2017 - the plan
Kathleen Westlake, the General Manager of Mad Science of Windsor and SchoolHouse Chess, will be taking major responsibility for the Chess Challenge. Robert Bierer, an Information Technology manager, will be processing registrations, and I (John Coleman) will be looking after the website.
Chess Challenge 2017 - the bad news...
After many years of the Windsor Chess Challenge registration fee being set at $10, we've finally had to raise the fee ... a whole 62 cents! That's right, the registration fee is now $10.62 plus HST ($12.00 total). In 2016 we included the HST in the entry fee. In 2017, the HST can be partially rebated to your school through the HST Public Services Bodies Rebate. Simply share this information with your school administration to let them know of the HST paid for your students' participation.
Features for 2017
Large schools (over 600 students): 30 players overall, not more than 8 per grade
My suggestion is that schools with big chess clubs have an in-house tournament to determine who can go to the Chess Challenge.
Please note the deadline for entry:
-- 17 February for the player lists. We have to make sure we have enough chess sets (about 400), and get more if necessary. And, yes, we have to rent tables (the Ciociaro Club has mostly round tables - not good for chess, unless you have very long arms).
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