Friday, April 10, 2015

Blitz and Bughouse Results

After our 12 am trek to Boise and then flights all day, bus to the hotel on Wednesday, getting up was very difficult for everyone.  Bughouse was very much a tough proposition with my team moving in slow motion compared to the other teams.  This is a good way to get the nervousness of a tournament dealt with.
Shopping at North Market

Andre and Wesley scored 6.0 points (37th place)
Desmond and Dylan scored 3.0 points (53rd place)

With a brief rest and some food, the Blitz tournament began.  The Silver Creek team was now fully awake and aware of the possibilities.  Desmond and Andre continued to lead our team round-by-round and ended with 6.0 points each (better than last year's results).  In Andre's games, there were some weird occurrences.  One of his opponent's picked up his pawn an moved it backwards and then mentioned a racist comment.  Later in the tournament, Andre saw a TD warning the player about racist comments.  I was taking picture from the balcony of Wesley's game and then witnessed a "slight of hand" by his opponent.  The player moved a bishop one square diagonal to take a piece of Wesley's and then returned it to the original square in one slick movement.  Pressed for time, Wesley did not notice.  Our team went into the last round  in 27th place and had nearly 4 points to gain in order to overtake the 20th team (assuming their team did not earn any points!).  I at least expected us to break the top 25, but we were 2 points behind them.  Desmond won both his games handedly as well as Andre.  Wesley scored 1.5 points and Dylan scored one ending our tournament in 22nd place.  We moved up 5 positions!

Desmond 6.0 points (166th place)
Andre 6.0 points (172nd place)
Wesley 5.5 points (192nd place)
Dylan 4.0 points (273rd place)

Hopefully we will bring one of these home

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Desmond, Dylan, Andre, Wesley, and Levi are in Columbus, Ohio enjoying the heavy rain, but more importantly playing the greatest game among the nations finest players. 

Bughouse (a chess variant with teams)
  • Andre and Wesley scored 6 points and are 37th in the nation.
  • Desmond and Dylan scored 3 points and are 53rd in the nation

Blitz (fast chess G/5) is tonight beginning at 5 pm eastern time. 

Classical (G/120 d5)  begins tomorrow at noonish

I will begin publishing more today and throughout the tournament.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

2015 Girls State Chess Champion!

Temiloluwa Aderogba is the 2015 Girls State Champion and will be the Idaho representative for the Susan Polgar invitational Chess Tournament and the National Girls Invitational Tournament!  Temi is a 5th grader at Eagle Elementary School of the Arts and is a newcomer to Idaho and the United States via England.  We are very happy to offer her a warm welcome into the vibrant chess community that Idaho offers. Congratulations!

Here are the results of this fabulous event:
Overall Championship
1st place Temiloluwa Aderogba
2nd place Carmen Pemsler 
3rd place Dylan Porth 

Overall 6-8th grade
1st Amelia Mussler-Wright
2nd Katlyn Genta
3rd Heidi Mungall

Overall 4-5th grade
1st Celeste Hollist
2nd Darci DeAngelis
3rd Alex Schrader

Overall K-3rd grade
1st Machitas Fernandez
2nd Sara Hollist
3rd Veronica Richmond

1st place 12th grade Abby Shiner
1st place 1st grade Audrey Richmond
1st place 2nd grade Simone Williams
1st place 3rd grade Daniela Valencia

Even though there was 21 participants, there were not enough  K, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 grade participants to award those prizes.  Sign up next time so you can be your grade's champion.  Thank you to all the donors, participants, parents, and volunteers to make this one of the best events.

Pictures posted on FBBCSD Chess Rage

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Girls State Chess Championship


It is so nice to see pre-registrants at this historic event!  On Friday night before the tournament, a free, open blitz tournament will be hosted by the BCSD Chess Rage at the Community Campus at 7 pm.  We have some donated prizes for this event.  

On Saturday, plan to arrive a bit early to double check your registration information.  Remember to request any byes.  

9:00 am - 9:45 am Check-in
9:45 am - 10:00 Welcome (in CC Theater)
10:00 am- Round 1
11 am Round 2
12 pm Round 3
1 pm Round 4
2 pm Round 5 (3 pm for Championship Section)
3 pmish Other Section Awards (CC Theater)
5 pmish Championship Section Awards (CC Theater)

Beginning at 10:30 am, Brooklyn Castle (CC Theater)
12 pm Searching for Bobby Fischer (CC Theater)
2 pm Knights of the Bronx (CC Theater)

Simul by Levi Catangcatang (part of a school project) Ongoing 9:30 am until done.
Analysis by Fred Bartell and Desmond Porth

The BCRD has offered free workout passes.  E-mail to claim ticket (there are only 10!)

Door Prizes and donors:
Java (gift card)
Barnes & Noble (gift card)
The Closet (gift certificates)
Wise Guy Pizza (gift certificates)
Smith Optics ($250 in SWAG)
Chartwells (free drinks to winners)
Snow Bunny (free ice cream to participants)
Mason's Trophies (trophy award donations)
The Coffee House (Discounted drinks - mention chess)
The Wood River Inn (Discounted rates - mention chess)
BCRD (Workout Passes)

This is a great way to celebrate Easter Weekend - See you soon!

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