I am happy to tell you that IS 318 won the NYC Junior High Championship, and that Danny Feng tied for first with 5/5. I don't know more than that because I was at the simultaneous IS 318 tournament.
NY's mayor, Mike Bloomberg, announced the likelihood of more teacher layoffs next year.
from the NY Post
Here are three scenarios of state budget cuts and how many teacher layoffs those cuts would translate into under the current “last in, first out” policy:
$500 million in cuts:
* 7,972 layoffs, or 11% of workforce
$750 million in cuts:
* 11,726 layoffs, or 16% of workforce
$1 billion in cuts:
* 15,265 layoffs, or 20% of workforce
. (This would include everyone who has been hired in the last five years, i.e. me.)
* City financial plan also recommends eliminating 6,166 teaching positions
* Under doomsday scenario, Bloomberg said, city could lose 21,000 teachers through layoffs and attrition
* There are currently about 75,000 teachers
I don't know exactly how they get from 15,265 to 21,000, but wow either way.
This would mean class sizes of 40 or 45. I need a larger room. The thing is, when classes get that big, it's not a small drop in learning. You have so many kids in the classroom that you spend all your time managing behavior, dealing with kids who knock each other's pieces over/kick each other and you spend no time on teaching. I'm getting used to the idea that it's never as bad as they say it's going to be, but there really isn't much left to cut.
anyhow, chess problems:
1. Brian Arthur was white here. What should he play?
2. He actually played 22. Rf3 Rxc2 23. Bxc2 Qa5! How should he continue here?
3. Carlos took on h2: 15...Bxh2 16. Kh1. What should he play next?
4. The game actually continued 16...Bd6 17. Nb5 Play for black?
1. Brian has mate in 6 with 22. Rxg7 Kxg7 23. Qg4+ Kh8 24. Qe4.
2. After 22. Rf3 Rxc2 23. Bxc2 Qa5, Brian found the only winning line, 24. Qxh6 gxh6 25. Bxf6+ Kg8 26. Rg3+ Qg5 27. Bxg5. Unfortunately, he had some trouble winning the piece up ending. :)
3. He should continue 16..Ng4! 17. Be1 Rxb2!
4. 17. Nb5 allows black to simply take the knight, 17...cxb5, as white's queen is then attacked.