Sunday, May 30, 2010

End of Year Party

Three Champions:  Nick Bruck (2nd), Taylor Walton (1st), Andrew Uriarte (3rd)

Chess Club and Friends

Four Seniors honored with School Letters:  Taylor Walton, Juve Ruiz, Maxx Bates, and Tyler Jaramillo

We honored Erwin Kett for his dedication with a beautiful wood board from Poland

Curly and Miles Can't get enough. . .

Julia and Andrew 

They are better chess players than bowlers!

Umm . . .

Nick and Miles (Miles was awarded Most Inspirational Player)

Nick Bruck, WRHS :MVP

The New WRHS Chess Champion

Andrew Uriarte was voted in as President and Miles Hendrix as Vice President for the 2010-11 school year.

End of the Year Summary

Here is to a great year!  We had members attend over 23 local to national tournaments and we collectively earned over 43 awards.  We added a club website, purchased training software, sponsored a simul, boasted over 28 active members, featured guest lecturers, and had lot's of fun.  Here are other achievements.

Team Achievements:
2010 State Scholastic Champions
2010 West Jordan 1st Place
2010 Twin Falls Invitational 1st Place

Individual Achievements:
Nick Bruck
1st Place Christmas Blitz
3rd Place 11th grade West Jordan
2nd Place WRHS Chess Championship
Andrew Uriarte
2nd Place Christmas Blitz
1st Place High School Winter Tournament
1st Place Santa’s Bughouse
1st Place Challenger MVCC
3pt. trophy West Jordan
2nd Place 11th grade State Scholastics
2nd Place Class E State Closed
3rd Place WRHS Championship
Tyler Jaramillo
2nd Place High School Winter Tournament
Adam Porth
2nd Place Southern Idaho Open
2nd place Challenger MVCC
1st Place Class E State Closed
Chris “Curly” Ellis
1st Place Santa’s Bughouse
3rd Place High School Winter Tournament
3 pt. Trophy West Jordan
Taylor Walton
1st Place Think Like a King Contest
1st Place WRHS Chess Championship
Desmond Porth
1st Place U800 US National Scholastics
2nd Place 7th grade West Jordan
1st Place Middle School Winter Tournament
Darwin Porth
1st Place K-3 Winter Tournament
Dylan Porth
1st Place 4-5th grade Winter Tournament
3 pt. trophy West Jordan
6th place 4th grade State Scholastics
Jake Whitlock
1st Place 6th grade Winter Tournament
1st Place 6th grade West Jordan
Raleigh Grossbaum
2nd Place 10th grade West Jordan
Shane Bruess
3 pt. trophy West Jordan
Maxx Bates
1st Place 12th grade West Jordan (Perfect Score)
3rd Place Twin Falls Invitational
Miles Hendrix
1st Place Twin Falls Invitational
Juve Ruiz
2nd Place 12th grade State Scholastics

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Taylor Walton wins WRHS Chess Championship!

Miles and Taylor square off
      Taylor Walton (5.0) almost did not make it to the final section, but in an executive decision by Pres. Nick Bruck and Advisor Adam Porth, he did.  Fortuitously for Taylor!  He maintained a renewed focus and practiced his guitar and chess on a daily basis, according to his father.   It sure showed up in his tournament games for the championship.  He wins a mahogany board, a nice trophy, and a place in WRHS history on the perpetual plaque.
       Defending champion, Nick Bruck (5.0) earns second place with only one loss to Taylor.  In the game against Taylor, recording mistakes prevented Taylor from continuing record keeping and put Nick in time trouble.  In the future, it was decided that all participants in the championship will be required to record in order to claim a win, loss, or draw.  Nick wins a trophy and a Saitek digital clock.
       Andrew Uriarte (4.0) won third place after a win against Tyler Jaramillo (3.0).  Andrew wins a trophy and Chessmaster 9000.  Senior Tyler Jaramillo leaves our Chess Club program with a fourth place book by Emmanuel Lasker, Common Sense in Chess and some great memories.  I think he was happy to win third place as he wanted to win that program.  Esdras Santiago (2.0) and Miles Hendrix (2.0) were welcome participants and played tough games against all competitors.

Standings in the WRHS Championship are:
1st place  Taylor Walton, 5.0 
2nd place Nick Bruck, 5.0 
3rd place Andrew Uriarte, 4.0 
4th place Tyler Jaramillo, 3.0 
5th place Miles Hendrix, 2.0 
6th place Liam Skye, 1.0 
7th place Esdras Santiago, 0

Thursday, May 20, 2010

End of year party!

Meet at Bellevue Memorial Park for giant chess, recreational play, pizza and awards, and then we will head to the bowling alley for bowling.  All alumni, parents, and friends of chess are welcome.  We will be honoring 4 seniors with school letters and pins, awards for all club members, trophies and prizes for WRHS Championship, and door prizes will be drawn.  We will vote for President and Vice President for next year (must attend to vote).  State Championship medals will be awarded as well.

Date:  Friday, May 28
Time:  6 pm
Place:  Bellevue Memorial Park (near my house)

Pictures from last year

Championship nears an end

The games are getting exciting and Andrew is beginning to calculate the possible outcomes.  I see much more confidence displayed among the players and a propensity to pay more attention to each others games.  Tonight, the boys actually analyzed a game between Miles and Andrew.  Chess Club is really bringing these kids together and they are being nicer to one another, as well as supporting one another more.  It makes me proud to see the growth.  Danny Mills (former Blitz and Bughouse Champion) visited with Junior Hidalgo.  Danny still has the knack for seeing sound, winning strategies and decisively beat me down in a game.  Julia is beginning to grow as a player as well.  She is showing me and the team her support by wearing our club shirt at the Las Vegas Open. That's right . . . her mom is bringing her to this prestigious tournament in June.  I hope she has a great experience there and doesn't let her enthusiasm wane during those tough games.

Standings in the WRHS Championship are (so far):
1st place  Nick Bruck, 5.0 (done)
2nd place Taylor Walton, 4.0 (2 games left - Miles and Esdras)
3rd place Andrew Uriarte, 3.0 (1 game left - Tyler)
4th place Miles Hendrix, 2.0 (2 games left - Taylor and Tyler)
5th place Tyler Jaramillo, 2.0 (2 games left - Miles and Andrew)
6th place Liam Skye, 1.0 (done)
7th place Esdras Santiago (1 game left - Taylor)
Good Luck on Tuesday, guys!

Nick, Taylor, Andrew and I discussed the championship next year.  Some important notes:  1.  All players will be required to keep score, 2.  We will start two weeks earlier next year.

Tuesday Chess Club

Nick Bruck played a Simul against 6 people.  He commented on how hard it was to keep all the games straight, however, he performed very well with 4 wins and 2 losses.  Great Job!  I hope more kids opt to play some Simuls.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Championship Rounds Begin

1. Miles Hedrix        1
2.  Nick Bruck         1        
3.  Tyler Jaramillo     0
4.  Liam Skye           0
5.  Esdras Santiago   0        
6.   Andrew Uriarte   0
7.  Taylor Walton      0

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