16 February Registered Players
Registered players as of Feb 16th - the schools on the waiting list are licking their collective lips in anticipation.
16 February Deadline Day
Not that I want to cause a stampede, but teachers are reminded that the deadline for submitting student names is 6.00 Friday evening - that's about 8 hours from now.
At 6.00, entries will be cut off, and the unused spaces allocated to the schools on the waiting list.
10 February Snack Bar menu at the Ciociaro
In response to a request for how much money to bring... (2017 prices)
Pizza by the slice $3.25
French fries 2.75
Potato chips 1.25
Cans of pop 1.50
Bottled water 1.50
Chocolate bars 1.50
2 February Celebrating 20 years!
Has it really been 20 years since the first Chess Challenge? Time passes so quickly when you are having fun.
The 1999 Chess Challenge had 292 elementary players from 20 schools. I think, that the only coach from the first CC who is still active is Mark Kopcok from First Lutheran Christian Academy.
Linda Lauzon came with her school (Ruthven) back in 1999, and after retiring has come every year as a room manager.
I am having fun, right? Mostly.
25 January We're full... probably...
We closed registration early, because we had multiple schools changing day. Also, one school managed to register twice, and another school registered three times! It was *ahem* a challenge sorting it out.
Because we are working from teachers' estimates of the number of players they will bring, we might still have a little space.
All will be revealed after February 16th, when the team sizes will have been settled. If you want to be placed on the waiting list, email kathleen
11 January Registration update
Well, entries have been pouring in, as usual. Last time I checked, there were 69 schools promising 1289 players. That makes us about 90% full. Tuesday the 27th is stuffed to the gills, with a waiting list, but there is still space on Wednesday the 28th.
6 January Online registration open
The Computer Guru survived the New Years celebration, and I'm pleased to tell you the online registration is now open.
1 December Ten years of the Top Ten
Teachers might be interested in looking at a table of the Top Ten schools over the last 10 years.
At the first Chess Challenge, in 1999, Harrow P.S. was the most successful school, led by the indomitable Robert Affleck.
After that, Ruthven P.S. and First Lutheran Christian Academy dominated, but about 10 years ago the Bellewood 'youthquake' arrived, and until recently it has been all Bellewood.
Most years, there is very little difference in the points used to calculate the standings. In 2017, for example, there was a Half-Point between first and second.
Ten years of the Top Ten
Chess Challenge 2018 - the plan
Kathleen Westlake has finally retired from Mad Science of Windsor and SchoolHouse Chess, and 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.
Features for 2018
Most schools (up to 600 students): 18 players overall, not more than 8 per grade
Large schools (over 600 students): 27 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:
-- 16 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).
Any questions? E-mail us at