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 1997, 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).
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