Bronxville Chess Club/Team

The Bronxville School has chess players in the Elementary, Middle and High Schools.

In the Spring of 2015,  27 children participated in U.S. Chess National Tournaments.  We had a team of 10 at the Junior High Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky in grades 4-9.  And a team of 24 at the Elementary School Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee in grades 3-6.  (Yes three players went to both!)

The Club places great emphasis on sportsmanship and team building as a cornerstone of its program. Please note that enrollment in the tournament class is subject to review.

Those students interested in joining the Bronxville Chess Team at the U.S. National Championship in the spring may want to consider the tournament class, and should commit to participating in a number of local tournaments in order to train for Nationals. See the “About Tournaments” section for more information, and feel free to contact us at bxvchess@gmail.com with any questions.

 

Who can participate in tournaments?

The Bronxville Chess Club invites all participants to join the team and come out to tournaments. If your child knows the basic rules, and she or he interested in playing in a competitive (yet friendly) setting, tournaments are a great way to put the skills they learn in class to use and have fun!

Why go to a chess tournament?

Like any competition, a chess tournament gives children a chance to build confidence and character, while using the skills learned in class. At all tournaments the Bronxville Chess Club emphasizes team spirit and good sportsmanship.

Is my child ready?

If your daughter or son understands the rules well and likes to play chess, she/he is probably ready, but if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

When/where are tournaments held?

The National Scholastic Chess Foundation (NSCF) runs tournaments in Westchester County, Fairfield County, and at the Hunter School in NYC on weekends during the school year. Please visit their website for more information, including a tournament calendar, registration instructions, and FAQs www.nscfchess.org

What happens at a tournament?

Most sections in a tournament include four games of chess, played in a room separate from the area where parents wait (we don’t watch!). Once every child has finished a game during a round, the tournament officials post the pairings for the next round. If the participant wins, he or she will play another child who also won, and if they lose, they will play against a child who also lost that round.  There is some lag time between rounds, during which children play games, run outside, or eat snacks or lunch. Following the four rounds of play, medals and trophies are given out at an awards ceremony for each section, both to individuals and teams.

How long are tournaments?

Chess tournaments start at 9:30 or 10 am (depending on the section), and officially end at 4 pm, though most sections are done earlier (often by 2 or 3 pm).  Participants are allowed to “take a bye” for either the first or fourth round.  NSCF requires that all children under 16 have a designated adult supervisor present throughout the tournament.

We are interested in tournament play, but this whole “tournament” thing is a little intimidating!

If your child has never been to a tournament, she/he might feel more comfortable going in a group the first time. The Bronxville Chess Club sponsors our participation in four local tournaments per year. During the 2015-2016 school year, we will sponsor the following four tournaments:

  • Sunday, November 15, 2015 – Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Sunday, February 7, 2016 – Bronxville School
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016 – Mamaroneck Avenue School, White Plains
  • Saturday, April 9, 2016 – Brunswick School, Greenwich, Connecticut
Why go to a sponsored chess tournament?

While you will probably find children from Bronxville at most NSCF tournaments, it is particularly fun for kids to go to the sponsored ones – in a larger group with friends, wearing Bronxville Chess t-shirts, representing the school as a team.  Great camaraderie is built among children from different grades. The Club subsidizes the entry fee and orders pizza for the team at the tournament.

How do I register?

In order to register to play in tournaments, your child must have a U.S. Chess Federation ID number. Once they have an ID, they will begin to get a rating – an estimate of playing strength that fluctuates over time with each tournament. You can get an ID online by joining at www.uschess.org or concurrent with online registration on the NSCF website. To register for one of our sponsored tournaments, just look for an e-mail – it will include a link to the registration page and a discount code so you pay our subsidize fee. For non-sponsored tournaments, you can view the full calendar and register on the NSCF website (www.nscfchess.org)

What about Chess Nationals?

In the spring, we usually have a group of dedicated players from the Bronxville Chess Club travel to the National Elementary Championship sponsored by the U.S. Chess Federation. For 2016, Nationals will be held May 6-8 in Nashville, Tennessee. We have also had team representation at the Junior High Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia in April 2014 and in Louisville, Kentucky in April 2015. If your child is interested in going to Nationals please contact us at bxvchess@gmail.com.

 

Questions? bxvchess@gmail.com