Monday, April 18, 2011

we had a good weekend

the K-8 team: David, Danny, Rashawn, Jakob, Randy, and James
the K-9 team: D'Andrea, Shawn, Joel, Justus

National Junior High (K-8) Champion James A. Black, Jr.  
IS 318 won clear first in the National Junior High School Chess Championships, in the K-8 and K-9 Open sections simultaneously. James Black tied for first in the K-8 Open and won on tiebreaks. Danny Feng tied for 3rd and placed 6th with 6/7; David Kim and Rashawn Williams placed 9th and 12th with 5.5/7. Shawn Swindell finished 11th in the K-9 with 5/7.

IS 318 also won the Under 750 section with 24/28 points, and Mubassar Uddin and Jiayu Tang shared first individually with perfect scores. Jiayu only got to go to Ohio because we had two extra seats on the bus and Galvin told me to pick the two best kids from my early morning class. :) This was his 4th tournament.

We came third in the Under 1000 and Under 1250.

IS 318 won the blitz team championship by 9 points. James Black won clear first with 11/12 and Justus Williams, Joel Ogunremi, and Danny Feng were half of a 6 way tie for second place with 10/12.

Black Feng (James Black and Danny Feng) won the bughouse tournament; David and Randy finished second. JP Garcia played with Aaron Schein of Horace Mann; they finished 4th, and D'Andrea and Joel were 5th.

National Under 750 Champion Mubassar Uddin does his tactics worksheet.

Maya McGreen does hers.

Paul Tough (author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America) hung out with us for the weekend.

Danny Feng, right, (1996) shows William Yu (475) how to use Chessbase

Joel and Earl

Galvin congratulates the kids. Matan is listening in the back right corner
a bughouse dispute
more photos here. I should have some games and positions later this week.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

Girls Nationals: student photography, a limo singalong, and CT Art

Ashe and Xonatia, across the street from the hotel, after the last round. I'm going over a game in the back.

Ashe, Zanea, Rhoda

Edeli, Ashe

Mariah is about to show me her last round win over Sophia Flanagan.


Ashe and Xonatia

Xonatia and Mariah
We took a white stretch limo from the tournament to the airport, because it was 40% cheaper than the airport shuttle we had taken from the airport to the hotel. Of course, Galvin told the girls it was because they won (the 12 and under, came second in the 14 and under) and none of them had been in a limo before, so there was enormous excitement. 

sorry I'm shaking the camera so badly, but I figured you would want to share in the limo singalong:

 Jamye Moya (white) has a CT-Art-like problem in her 4th round game against Taylor Cogshell. 
more photos here

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Girls Nationals, Saturday

Mariah and Haby


Rhoda, Ashe, Edeli
Jamye, Xonatia, Shanniah

Jamye, Haby, Xonatia

After 3 rounds, we are leading in the 2 sections we are playing in: 12 and under, and 14 and under. results here. I sit in my hotel room and analyze chess all day. Some of the girls are really playing quite well, and most of them are working hard at the board, so I am happy. I had two tempting offers to experience the nightlife of the windy city, but I'm so exhausted, I can't. I know that next weekend (62) will be much much worse than this one (11), and that fills me with fear.

look: a running race

Friday, April 8, 2011

help finding a chess board that changes color/ shows moves?

I saw something on the internet a while ago: a site with a chess board you can play that changes colors of the squares to show move possibilities, but not in an instructional way, in an arty way.  If anyone has seen it, I'd really appreciate a link. thanks!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Irina Krush gives a masterclass at IS 318

     IM Irina Krush was kind enough to come to 318 today and teach an excellent lesson on improving pieces to a specially-convened class of top students. She leaves to play in the US Championship on the same day we leave for Junior High Nationals! good luck to us both! (shouldn't the fantasy contest be starting?? I get all my students to enter as class projects so they care when we look at the us championship games. It's awesome because we win some books and prizes just through sheer numbers.)

Many thanks to Irina for generously volunteering to her time!
The kids in the front row take a laid back approach (but pay rapt attention)

D'Andrea and Joel

This was earlier in the day, when Rashawn, Kenneth, Isaac, Avery, and Jamye from my seventh grade class are showing me their answers to Final Jeopardy. The Final Jeopardy (from Nationals Opening Review Team Jeopardy) question was "Place 2 kings, 2 queens, 2 rooks, 2 bishops, and 2 knights on the board so no piece attacks another." (from Coakley)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011