Monday, December 8, 2008

Ready for Nationals

We have started on an online program of instruction with NY Chess Kids. So far I have been pleased with the way the online lessons have turned out. I have written in the past about some of the advantages. The technical execution of the lessons is very smooth. It's virtually the same thing as having a live lesson but more efficient. It helps that the instructor has a prepared lesson plan each time and all game scores and tactics pre-loaded into a database from which he teaches (and gives us afterwards). We have one recorded lesson which is a good example.


Alyssa seems to have benefited the most. She has gotten much more focused recently and I think she realizes that there's a direct correspondence between her win ratio and the effort she puts into following the lessons. In a recent tournament game she got to apply one of the first lessons which was drawing with a K vs. K + Pawn. She probably wouldn't have been able to do that a few weeks ago. Alyssa's rating has shot up a few hundred in recent tournaments and the quality of her games has improved noticeably.

We have been stepping up the number of tournaments and lessons they have been getting ahead of the National K-12 Scholastic Championship in Orlando, Florida on Dec 12th-14th. This will obviously be our first national event so everyone is looking forward to it (and to Disneyworld afterwards). I looked a few past events and current top player lists and my best guess is that Richie will be somewhere around 5th-15th highest in rating for the kindergarten section but there's a lot of variance. There's definitely at least two much higher rated 5 year olds. Alyssa, of course, will have an uphill battle but with her recent strides I'm hopeful she can enjoy the tournament. She recently toppled an 800 rated player who probably got frustrated with the resistance she put up while a piece down and eventually blundered away the lead. If she plays with that kind of fighting spirit, I'm pretty confident she won't get zero points at least.

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new to stamford said...

i was wondering what the chess scene was in Stamford. I used to play as a scholastic kid, and i taught in high school, but I haven't played in 7 years or so. i kind of would like to teach again. rated 2050

Koji said...

Most of the scholastic chess tournaments in Fairfield county are run by Michael Zadorozny (ACTA Chess). There isn't really an organized adult playing scene that I know of. Michael and some other master level players meet frequently on Saturday nights around 7:30-10:00 pm at the Borders book store on Long Ridge Rd. There's used to be a few players that met at Starbucks near the Ferguson Library but I'm not really sure if they meet regularly. There might be a UConn chess club but I've never been to a meeting so I couldn't really say if they still meet.

Anonymous said...

Do you have information about upcoming ACTA tournaments ?

Koji said...

Unfortunately there is no good online resource to check upcoming ACTA tournaments and they aren't listed on the USCF website. Your best bet is to contact Michael at actachess@aol.com

I happen to know that next one (85th ACTA) is going to be on February 8th.

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