Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Chesskids available on Launchpad!

Note to all Chess Families:
"Chess Kids is now available on the launchpad for McKinley students through their classlink login. "
Jean Hoffman, Principal

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Marissa Top Place on Chess Ladder for 2019-2020 Season!

Congratulations to Marissa Brunow who took the TOP PLACE on McKinley's 2019-20 Chess Ladder.  Great job Marissa!
In class, we had a ladder tournament.  The final two were Marissa, and Ben Ludwig.  Due to school cancellation, we never got to finish the tournament! 
Last night, Marissa and Ben faced off in the weekly McKinley Chesskids tournament (online).  Marissa won the game.

Great to see so many kids enjoying the Chesskids tournaments held several times every day - and ours every Tue evening at 630 - let me know if you're having difficulty finding the tournaments.  You must use a real browser- the app version (or mobile version) does not have tournaments available.

Thanks!  Mark/Mr S.

Chesskids Tournaments - use a BROWSER

Everyone please note that Chesskids tournaments are only available from a BROWSER.  This means you cannot use the app or mobile version of Chesskids to participate in a Chesskids tournament.

Thanks!  - Mark/Mr S

Thursday, March 19, 2020

FREE Online Tournament Details - WSCF

WSCF currently has 1150 members in its statewide WSCF club. This is the parent club to 30 “Group” clubs.
Each group has a director which manages that local group. Each group can also have multiple assistant coaches, and many do. A couple of the groups are 2 or 3 and some are 50 to 70 but most are about 20 – 30 students in size. The average is 38 students per group.

Online Tournaments
WSCF has today started daily tournaments on Chesskids.com. These will be held at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm.
Each tournament can happen with a minimum of 4 players and a maximum of 64. The time controls will G5 or G10 in the early tournaments and then G15 in the afternoon tournaments.
Each Saturday we will have a 5 round G30 Swiss. There will be multiple divisions based on the size of response from the previous week. Will try to keep divisions between 4 and 64 players. Will award trophies to division winners and have them shipped. (not every Saturday),
Members should see the listed tournaments on the right side of their login screen and/or by going to the fast chess page. Members can “join” a tournament beginning 15 minutes before a tournament.

Top 200
Each week WSCF will post the top 200 players based on a composite score of Lesson level, Fast chess rating and Puzzle rating.
The new rankings will be posted each Monday.
This will be done through August 31. At that time 30”, 26”, 22”, 18” and 14” trophies will be shipped to the top 5 members. The top 50 members will earn free entry into the first WSCF locally hosted tournament in the fall.

Club Competition
There will be competition between club, and we have to work out the details and this will be reposted soon.
Want to be a WSCF Statewide Club Member?
If you are not one of the 1150 current members then you can become a member by contact Bob at
bob@wisconsinscholasticchess.org .
There will be 3 price breaks for singles, groups 2 to 10 and over 10.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Online Tournament Details

The WSCF is offering several tournaments for Wisconsin kids EVERY DAY on Chesskids!  Congrats to Marisa Brunow for winning the 11am Tournament this morning!

I'm also holding a WEEKLY McKinley ONLY TOURNAMENT, every Wednesday at 7:00pm.  The top finishers will be announced HERE on this website!

Thanks!!  Mark/MrS.

Friday, March 13, 2020

More Cancellations - have a Great Summer!

More cancellations -
  • State Elementary (which was scheduled for next weekend 3/21-22) is cancelled
  • Tomorrow's Medical College Tournament here in Tosa was also just cancelled.
  • Next week's final chess class at McKinley is cancelled
Chesskids is still safe from the Virus!  We are hoping to hold some online tournaments for the kids.  Ideally we can even have a State Grade Level tournament online!  Bob is working on that.  We will also be holding a few other online tournaments - I'll post the schedule. 

For the chess class, with state being cancelled, we will end our season with yesterday's class.  Please congratulate your kids for a great chess season!  We have a young team with some VERY promising young talent, and a bright future.  I'll be sending out something in the coming weeks to recognize some kids who really put in the work this year.

For the kids in 5th grade who are going onto Whitman, we will be continuing that program next year.  Under Kyle Jain's instruction, that club has been extremely successful!  Our goal in a few years is to start a Tosa West Team and a run at some state High School Varsity championships.  

Wishing all the McKinley Chess families a SAFE, virus-free, Summer.   

-Mark / Mr S

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

LAST CHESS CLASS 3/19 - and final "official" tournaments

NOTE: BELOW POST IS OBSOLETE.  3/12 was our last class of the year, and Grade Level and State have been cancelled - thanks - M

3 more classes:
3/5, 3/12, and 3/19 and then we are done for the year.

STATE is our last "official" chess tournament of the year - 3/21-22 at UW Oshkosh.  Until then, we have 2 others: