Joan H. Schlich Memorial Scholarship Online Fundraiser Tournament

This event was held May 23rd, 2020 on ChessKid.com.  Thanks to your generosity, we were able to raise approximately $1,500 to replenish our scholarship fund for students in need this season!

 

Hampton Roads Chess Association

Joan H. Schlich Memorial Scholarship Online Fundraiser Tournament

on ChessKid.com

May 23rd, 2020

11 AM to 2:20 PM

5 Round Swiss, Game in 20, No Delay (5SS G/20; d0)

Scholastic PK-12 Players Only

REGISTER HERE

About Joan: Joan H. Schlich was an icon in the chess community nation-wide.  An avid player, coach, director, and organizer, she made a positive mark on the lives of countless adult and youth players over decades.  Joan passed away in June 2017 at the age of 78, leaving a hole in the hearts of the Hampton Roads chess community.

About the Scholarship:  HRCA established a memorial scholarship in Joan’s name.  With these funds, no player is turned away for inability to pay chess-related fees.  This needs-based scholarship ensures that every player, regardless of means, can achieve success.  All members of HRCA are eligible to receive a Schlich Scholarship upon request.  

The Schlich Scholarship can be used for the following expenses:

  •  Club membership fees (annual registration, dues)
  •  Online training accounts (ChessKid.com, Chess.com)
  •  School chess program tuition
  •  Tournament entry fees
  •  Tournament travel expenses
  •  State and National federation membership fees
  •  Private coaching
  •  Chess equipment for home use (e.g. boards and sets, notation books)
  •  Any other goods or services necessary for a player’s development

The Current Need:  The COVID-19 global pandemic has put many families under tremendous financial strain, and we anticipate a large spike in the number of scholarship applications that will be submitted in the upcoming months.  HRCA needs to replenish the Schlich Scholarship fund, and you can help by playing in our tournament!

How the Tournament Works:  You simply use this site to register for the tournament.  The twist is, you will register for a “section” based on how much money you’d like to contribute to the scholarship fund (minimum $10).  We will collect enough information, and we have enough knowledge of our players, that we will then place you into the appropriate section for play.

If the player already has a ChessKid account, we will provide you access to your tournament section using that account.  If the player does not have a ChessKid account, a complimentary account will be created and used to access your tournament section he day of  the event.

On Saturday, May 23rd, you will log in to ChessKid (web login, NOT the app), click on “Play vs Kid,” and go to a screen where you will see your tournament section.  You click on the tournament, and beginning at 10:45 AM, you can click the big orange JOIN button.  At 11 AM or up to a minute prior, your first round will start automatically.  It is not an elimination event — you will play all five rounds.  When you finish your game, do NOT exit out of the tournament.  You can pass the time by watching the other games in progress.  Always be ready to start the next round the second the last game finishes in each round — you have just 10 seconds to make your first move before the computer aborts the game.  If you are late for the tournament, you can still join and play in the remaining rounds.  Never exit the tournament space unless you intend to deliberately withdraw from the remainder of the event.

Some key anti-glitch tips we’ve learned:  A laptop or desktop are generally less prone to glitches than a tablet or phone (there are always exceptions), and you simply need to have good internet at your home.  Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are the best browsers to use, while Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer will likely cause you more problems.  Always clear your cache before every tournament.  See this helpful article on that process:  https://www.chesskid.com/article/view/how-to-clear-your-browsers-cache.  Be sure to do this Saturday morning.  If, during a game, you find that your opponent seems to be taking a really long time to move, or your clock continues to run after making your move, it is likely that your opponent moved, and a temporary loss of connectivity prevented your device from picking it up.  Simply refresh your browser with the circular arrow, and it should update your game in progress.  If you find yourself outside your game in progress, try going to the Games tab of the tournament, finding your game, clicking on the binoculars to view it, and it should let you back in.  Act quickly to avoid triggering the abandoned game limit or losing on time.  Glitches have become fewer and farther between in the last several weeks, but they still happen.  We know it is frustrating when it happens to you, though!

At the end of the event, you will see a Gold, Silver, and Bronze winner box pop up.  These are unofficial results and will be verified by the tournament director before releasing final results.  All rated sections will be submitted to US Chess for a special Online Quick rating, so memberships must be up to date to play in those sections.

Playing sections:

Primary PK-2nd Rookie

Primary PK-2nd Rated

Intermediate 3rd-5th Rookie

Intermediate 3rd-5th Rated

Middle/High School Rookie

Middle/High School Rated

PRIZES!!!!

Primary PK-2nd Rookie

1st:  $20 Gift Certificate for Rochester Chess Center and a US Chess membership voucher

2nd:  $10 Gift Certificate for Rochester Chess Center and a free one-hour Zoom lesson with Coach Jack Bustillos

3rd:  Free one-hour Zoom lesson with Coach Jack Bustillos

4th:  Free ChessKid Gold account through September 2021

5th:  Free ChessKid Gold account through September 2021

Intermediate 3rd-5th Rookie

1st:  $20 Gift Certificate for Rochester Chess Center and a US Chess membership voucher

2nd:  $10 Gift Certificate for Rochester Chess Center and a free one-hour Zoom lesson with Coach Jack Bustillos

3rd:  Free one-hour Zoom lesson with Coach Nate Edmonds

4th:  Free ChessKid Gold account through September 2021

5th:  Free ChessKid Gold account through September 2021

Middle/High School Rookie

1st:  $20 Gift Certificate for Rochester Chess Center and a US Chess membership voucher

2nd:  $10 Gift Certificate for Rochester Chess Center and a free one-hour Zoom lesson with Coach Nate Edmonds

3rd:  Free one-hour Zoom lesson with Coach Nate Edmonds

4th:  Free ChessKid Gold account through September 2021

5th:  Free ChessKid Gold account through September 2021

Primary PK-2nd Rated

1st:  $20 Gift Certificate for Rochester Chess Center and a 10 minute live game with FunMaster Mike!!!

2nd:  $10 Gift Certificate for Rochester Chess Center and one free game analysis via e-mail from NM Nemanja Milanovic

3rd:  One free game analysis via e-mail from NM Nemanja Milanovic

4th:  One free game analysis via e-mail from NM Nemanja Milanovic

5th:  Free ChessKid Gold account through September 2021

Intermediate 3rd-5th Rated

1st:  $20 Gift Certificate for Rochester Chess Center and a 10 minute live game with FunMaster Mike!!!

2nd:  Free one-hour Zoom lesson with NM Daniel Miller (reigning / six-time VA State Champion)

3rd:  Free copy of FM James Schuyler’s book, “Your Opponent is Overrated” — to be signed when we return in person

4th:  Free one-hour Zoom lesson with Coach Larry Larkins (Armed Forces national champion)

5th:  Free ChessKid Gold account through September 2021

Middle/High School Rated

1st:  $20 Gift Certificate for Rochester Chess Center and a 10 minute live game with FunMaster Mike!!!

2nd:  Free one-hour Zoom lesson with NM Daniel Miller (reigning / six-time VA State Champion)

3rd:  Free copy of FM James Schuyler’s book, “Your Opponent is Overrated” — to be signed when we return in person

4th:  Free one-hour Zoom lesson with Coach Larry Larkins (Armed Forces national champion)

5th:  Free ChessKid Gold account through September 2021

Registration sections by donation level (at check-out, you will be charged for whatever level you choose):

Anand Level:  $10

Karpov Level:  $15

Alekhine Level:  $20

Botvinnik Level:  $25

Lasker Level:  $30

Carlsen Level:  $35

Capablanca Level:  $40

Fischer Level:  $50

Kasparaov Level:  $75

Morphy Level:  $100

Additional Donations can always be made via our PayPal Giving account:  https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1614534.  If you would like to donate a different amount from those listed above and play in the event, send the donation to the PayPal Giving account, then message Tina to be manually entered in the tournament.  Friends and family desiring to donate to the scholarship fund but NOT play in the tournament can also use the PayPal Giving account.

Hampton Roads Chess Association is a 501(c)(3).  Your donations are tax deductible.

We look forward to “seeing” you on the 23rd!

Please feel free to contact Tina with any questions, cschweiss2@gmail.com, 757-535-3880.