2015 – 2016 Chess Schedule
10/10/15 Free US Chess Membership Tournament
10/31/15 Halloween Tournament
11/21/15 Steve Dillard Memorial
1/18/16 Annual MLK Event
KCA Championships (Coming soon)
Other Local Organizer Events (Coming soon)
Private Lesson Discounts
Free US Chess Membership Tournament — 10/10/2015
Online Sign Up (Individual & Team)
Printed Registration Form
Photos from the 2014 Event
This tournament will pay for your US Chess Membership. It is a nationally recognized event that got an exclusive article written in the December 2014 edition of Chess Life. If you plan on regularly attending tournaments or you wish to try out a tournament, this event should be the first event of the year for you. Here is why:
Chess tournament entry fees are almost always $20 and in order to play in any chess tournament, you have to have a US Chess membership found at http://www.uschess.org. A US Chess Membership costs $17 – $45 depending on your age. For all scholastic participants in this event, we will pay your US Chess membership! Therefore, instead of paying $20 + the US Chess membership fee, you just pay the $20. This event is especially good for chess teams!
Steve Dillard Memorial — 11/21/15 through 11/22/15
Online Sign Ups are at www.SPFWO.com
Here is why you need to mark this event on your calendar:
- Top girl receives a $52,000 college scholarship to Webster University
- Top boy receives a $52,000 college scholarship to Webster University
- Separate girls and boys sections
- Around 150 trophies / awards will be given away (depending on registrations)
- It is a national chess tournament
The event has come to Louisville thanks to the Susan Polgar Foundation and Webster University and they were gracious enough to name the event after Mr. Kentucky Chess who was tragically taken from us earlier this year. Steve’s dream was for a scholarship tournament to come to Kentucky one day and so we have made it happen. We are excited to be organizing this event.
- Over the summer, Chess Performance developed a tracking system that can track everything your children are taught and what they know in chess. If you wish to see what your child knows, visit the chess coach in your club and he or she can show you.
- We are currently working on hosting a JCPS chess camp over spring break and in the summer. Stay tuned for information regarding this chess camp opportunity. We may even do our first winter camp this year as well to allow for some holiday season shopping!
- Ryan Velez & Randas Burns got to work with and meet Grandmaster Maurice Ashley over the summer. GM Ashley came to Lexington and helped run a chess tournament at the Roots & Heritage Festival. It was a huge success and GM Ashley will be attending again next year!
- Chess Performance is looking for potential office space and/or a store front. If you know anyone or have any ideas let us know at ChessPerformance@gmail.com
–Chess Performance Team
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Winter Scholastic & Women’s State Championship
Deep thinkers attend this tournament from grades kindergarten up through 12th grade to compete against the strongest competition scholastic chess has to offer. This event is one of the strongest events to help your child prepare for the state level competition. The event itself has a history of nearly 30 years and is well staffed. Among staff who will be in attendance are Larry Bell, John Simons, Ryan Velez, Amy Nunn, and a host of volunteers from the Lexington area. If you are serious about providing your children with the best preparatory opportunities for the upcoming state events, consider attending this event. The Women’s state championship also occurs during this event where the winner will be crowned the women’s state champion!
8th Annual MLK Day Tournament
Because chess players and tournaments are held in every country on earth, few things can claim to have such a background with as much diversity. That is why we feel holding a chess tournament on Martin Luther King Day each year is a good way for children to celebrate diversity. The MLK event is also one of the most well attended events in scholastic chess each year. That makes it one of the top championship preparation events year after year. This event is also worth considering if you wish to help your children prepare for the state level competition.
2nd Annual BCPS Tournament
Bullitt County has begun running tournaments within the past two years. They have a great facility and it is not too far from Louisville or Lexington. Supporting this event will not only give added practice before state level events, but you will be helping the Bullitt county chess system which includes various chess clubs in schools throughout the BCPS system. This event will function like the free USCF membership event in October that was held in Louisville.
Kentucky scholastic chess championship season is almost upon us. With the state team regional qualifiers (Quads A, B, C and D) happening in February, there is not much time left to prepare for these prestigious events. For those who do not know, here are the state championships in list format:
- Quads A, B, C and D = Regional Team Qualifiers for Scholastic Players
- State Team Championship = Around 80 teams compete to be state champion across 5 divisions
- State Individual Scholastic Championship = Players vie to be the overall state champion across 5 divisions
These events are competitive for all ages and skill levels and create lifelong memories for kids and families. Information for these events is published on the KCA website and will be up on the Chess Performance site in the next few days. If you have any questions about any events in this blog entry contact us at ChessPerformance@gmail.com
~Chess Performance Team
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UPDATE 1 – We listed a tournament in our book as occurring on December 2nd when in fact it is occurring on December 6th.
UPDATE 2 – The December tournament initially cost $20 but we have lowered it to $15
UPDATE 3 – Here is the December 6th online registration form
~Happy holidays from the Chess Performance team
Running chess tournaments isn’t a job, it’s a passion…
Sometimes when I need to think, I’ll take a long walk in the rain. When I share this idea with people they usually respond with a specific quality about the rain that they do not like: “it’s cold,” “it’s wet,” “it ruins my hair,” etc… The most redeeming quality about the rain for me is that it allows me to be alone in public. As I put on my jacket I can feel the nylon inside of my jacket sleeves. My coat is a bit cold when I put it on but quickly begins insulating me nicely. When I leave my house I also leave behind social media, e-mail, and phone calls.
On my most recent walk I was asking myself “Why do I run scholastic chess tournaments?” It is a good question for someone in my position. I am too old to play in scholastic events and they cost a lot of money to run. Then it occurred to me, running scholastic tournaments is not a job, it is a passion. Watching strong teams come and go, new players entering tournaments, and once forgotten players making a comeback into chess, I can always find myself motivated to organize and run tournaments.
As the water beaded off of my coat I could feel the tops of my shoes getting wet. With the rain picking up, I began thinking about our recent tournaments. Everyone who works at Chess Performance has been involved with organizing and running tournaments for many years. But this year has been one of the most monumental in Kentucky Chess history. Each of the tournaments we have helped run has done something remarkable this year thanks to the community’s support:
- Oct 4th – the largest October tournament in KY chess history
- Oct 25th – we had 14+ counties represented at this event plus more costumes than ever
- Nov 1st – we helped grow the MSU Open down in Murray, KY
- Nov 8th – we had more bughouse teams than last year’s bughouse KY state championship
The 2014 Grade Level Championship on November 22nd is projected to be one of the largest in it’s history. We hope to see you there.
HERE is the online sign up form
HERE is the printable form
–Chess Performance Team (Ryan Velez)
The Halloween Tournament was a huge success:
- 319 Games of chess played
- 200 Kentucky Chess Guidebooks distributed
- 142 participants
- 80 trophies distributed
- 24:1 “Participant” to “Tournament Director” ratio
- 18 new USCF memberships purchased
- 14 paid staff members
Halloween Event Pictures
Halloween Tournament Crosstables
Halloween Team Standings
November Chess Tournaments
The above tournaments are highly recommended. The November 8th event is going to end around 1:00 – 1:30 PM and is the most affordable November event for individuals and clubs! The November 15th event has one of the best sites in Kentucky at the UK Student Center. The Grade Level Championships will crown 13 different state champions!
~Chess Performance Team
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6TH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN TOURNAMENT — OCT 25TH, 2014
“The most fun tournament all year!” ~ Kathy K.
Online INDIVIDUAL Registration HERE
Online TEAM Registration HERE
Printable Registration Form HERE
- Every family/group that attends gets THIS book for free
- Kids wear costumes & play chess
- Costume awards are given out
- Entry fee $15.00 for everyone
Because we had such good numbers at the Oct 4th tournament, John Simons and Ryan Velez have decided to try to keep that momentum going. For the rest of the scholastic season, Chess Performance…
- tournament entry fees will be $15.00 (whether you’re on a team or not)
- on-site entry fees are $20.00
- The extra $5.00 will be used to sponsor Quad B and the State Individual
FREE USCF MEMBERSHIP TOURNAMENT RECAP — OCT 4th, 2014
“As far as we know, this is the largest October tournament in Kentucky history.” ~ Ryan Velez
Event Pictures & Team Standings HERE
- 200 purchased USCF memberships
- 186 Players from 14 different cities
- 136 trophies given out
- 96 board numbers used
- 96 chess sets set up and used
- 82 new USCF Members
- 70 chess clocks used
- All tables and chairs in the building were used (literally)
We want to thank the community for supporting this event, our team of volunteers, and Korey Kormick for vending chess equipment.
~Chess Performance Team
Ryan Velez: ChessPerformance@gmail.com 502-240-9325
John Simons: CTPELLC@gmail.com 502-418-5312
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In just 2 weeks the scholastic season begins in Kentucky!! The first chess tournament will pay for your USCF membership !!
Please note that we switched the location of the USCF membership tournament to Chancey Elementary because we believe the event will be bigger than expected. The above flyer has the updated details.
For more information on scholastic events please go to www.ChessPerformance.com (it has been redesigned!)
NOTE TO NEW CHESS PARENTS
If you have reservations about going to chess tournaments call us and talk about it. We do not always recommend brand new students for chess tournaments immediately after clubs begin; however, we will work with you to determine if your student would be ok to join a tournament!
–Chess Performance Team
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