(Last year's trophies... would you believe I don't have a picture of 2016 trophies!)
till the 2017
February 28 and March 1, 2017
Did someone just say "2017"??
Help! Call 911!!
Winners of the BIG trophies at the 2016 playoffsGrade 1 Aiden Taylor David Suzuki Grade 2 Sam Ripley Home-schooled Grade 3 Jacob Marcelloni First Lutheran Wen Shi Lariviere Saint-Edmond Grade 4 Brett Cook Talbot Trail Karol Jasniewicz Mgr Augustin Caron Grade 5 Rishi Damarla Ste Cecile Jezzel Farkas St Anne Terry Wang Southwood Grade 6 Jack Li Ste Cecile Daniel Xie Roseland Rose Forshaw Saint-Ambroise Grade 7 Webster Kuo Sandwich West Aneesha Ekanayake Talbot Trail Shivan Gaur Talbot Trail Grade 8 David Tebbens Sandwich West Lily Zhou Bellewood Eric Li LaSalle
2016 School Standings
2016 Medal winners
2016 Playoff winners
2015 School Standings
2015 Medal winners
2015 Playoff winners
2014 School Standings
2014 Medal winners
2014 Playoff winners
2013 School Standings
2013 Medal winners
2013 Playoff winners
2012 School Standings
2012 Medal winners
2012 Playoff winners
2011 School Standings
2011 Medal winners
2011 Playoff winners
2010 School Standings
2010 Medal winners
2010 Playoff winners
2009 School Standings
2009 Medal winners
2009 Playoff winners
2008 School Standings
2008 Medal winners
2007 School Standings
2007 Medal winners
30 March 2016 - Acronyms 'R' us
Experienced players negotiate the muddy waters of tournament names with ease, but for newcomers, it's just a bowl of alphabet soup:
OYCC = Ontario Youth Chess Championships
CYCC = Canadian Youth Chess Championships
CO = Canadian Open
NAYCC = North American Youth Chess Championships
28 March 2016 - Playoffs...
We had a great time at the playoffs. Noisy, crowded, but... that's kid chess. We could have done with a little more space, but the Ciociaro Club was preparing to host 2,000 people for an Easter Brunch the next day.
At the same time, there was a mini-secondary Chess Challenge, which went well. 2016 Medal winners here (scroll way down).
Kathleen Westlake from Mad Science did a great job as master of ceremonies, and Peter Porritt managed the computer pairings well, despite a pairing program that seemed to have indigestion. Rachel Tao helped with the set-up and clean-up. Matt Ripley looked after the grade 1 section.
Many thanks to arbiters Herb Alice, Vlad Drkulec, Gord St. Pierre, and Dan Passador.
Congratulations to all the trophy winners, listed above. Now, it's on to Ontario Youth Championship in April, and the Canadian Youth Championship in July.
Only days left till the 2017 Chess Challenge: February 28th and March 1st.
2 March 2016 - Survived another...
My thanks to all those people who were praying for good weather. I was up half the night preparing for the county buses to be cancelled, and it is very hard to type with your fingers crossed.
Either the crossed fingers or the prayers worked, and we had a great day again.
Full medal results are here 2016 Medal winners. Scroll down for Wednesday results.
A question for the Bellewood Bisons: does it get boring, winning all the time? I ask, because I've never had the experience.
Full list of "Top Ten Schools" tomorrow, I gotta go veg-out in front of the TV.
1 March 2016 - Tuesday a great success...
Tuesday went very well, even the weather cooperated. The Brennan student-volunteers were marvelous. 2016 Medal winners
1 March 2016 - This is it!!
"All things are ready if our minds be so!" (Shakespeare's Henry V)
Of course, it helps if you also have a whole bunch of chess sets and boards and clocks and name tags and scorecards and...
26 February 2016 - Player Hall and Section assignments ready
Yup, I've been working my digital digits to the bone.
Take a look here for
23 February 2016 - Ciociaro Club hall layouts ready
Our procedure is a little different this year. Usually, we close off changes to player lists early, and the section assignments are available a week before the event. This year, teachers can make changes up till Friday 26th, and the section assignments will be available Friday evening.
20 February 2016 - player lists are now closed
The list of registered players is HERE in all its glory - missing names, spelling errors, and all. Teachers have until the 26th to correct the names on their list, but cannot add new players.
17 February 2016 - only two days left to list your players
Teachers are reminded that players must be listed by Friday 19th... after then, the lists will be capped and any unused spaces given to schools on the waiting list. online registration
8 February 2016 - we got medals...
Lots of medals... 360, to be precise. Kathleen is wearing out her fingers polishing, even as I write these words.
20 January 2016 - New chess club starting...
There is a new club opening on Sundays and Mondays. Check it out here! The grand opening is on Sunday January 24, 5.00 pm. No word on whether there is free food, but I can hope, can't I?
13 January 2016 - Almost full...
Please be advised there is limit to the number of players we can accommodate. We can squash in about 1440 players, and as you can see from the 'live numbers' at the online registration , we are getting close.
11 January 2016 - Space filling up...
We have 60 schools registered at the moment, with an estimated 1236 players, which means we are about 85% full. There is a good balance between the two days, fortunately. Online registration
5 January 2016 - About half-full
The online registration was available on the first day back to school (thanks, Computer Guru), and as of this morning 35 schools have registered, with Tuesday a bit more popular than Wednesday.
2 January 2016 - Registration now open
The online registration is now available.
26 November 2015 - advertising in the mail
55 public schools, 37 elementary schools, 6 Independent schools, and 15 French language schools --- the 2016 advertising is in the mail, or the courier as the case may be, and will be delivered next week, with any kind of luck.
A total of 112 advertising packages, all sealed with a kiss. Or something.
Features for 2016
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:
-- 19 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).
kathleen [AT] madscienceofwindsor [DOT] com