Chess News, November 4, 2014


The next Saturday tournament is November 15th!

We will be playing in the Gateway Fall Open at Lindbergh High School.

  • Depart from Crossroads: 7:15 AM (sharp)
  • Tournament ends: 5:30 pm, with awards following. Return to school by 7 pm
  • Cost of tournament: $12, cash or check payable to “Gateway Chess League”

United States Chess Federation membership is required for this tournament. Players must either show proof of membership or purchase membership at the tournament. Please make check payable to “USCF” or “Gateway Chess League”

  • ages 16 and up: $24.00 (add extra $7 for Chess Life magazine)
  • ages 13 to 15: $20.00 (add $7 for Chess Life magazine)
  • under 13: $16.00 (add $7 for Chess Life magazine)

Students should also bring a lunch or money to purchase food (breakfast, lunch, and snack).

Middle School Chess Continues

We have a match each Tuesday after school on November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9, and 16.
There is a one time cost of $5. We will depart from Crossroads at 3:45 pm. All matches take place at McKinley Classical Junior Academy. An additional parent driver is requested for each match. Please contact Howard for details.

Parent Meeting November 17th

Our annual parent meeting will be held on the 17th in Howard’s room (1). We will discuss the upcoming season, requirements for Nationals, and the annual trivia night fundraiser. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending!

Results from the Missouri Grade Level Championships

Crossroads competed in its first tournament of the season on October 18th in Columbia, Missouri, on the Mizzou campus. The 10th grade team of David Dong, Homer Dula, LaVaughn Caradine, and Katie Stujenske finished in first place. They were joined in the lower grades by Crossroads newcomers Parker Lake and Ernie McCarter, and 9th grader Jonathan Lake, who finished in 3rd place for his grade. Howard thanks assistants Michael Bartley and Ed Dromgoole for their assistance during the tournament.

Elementary School Tournament is a Success

Over 110 elementary school students came to Crossroads on October 25th for our annual tournament. Everyone had a great time, and the tournament ran exceptionally smoothly from start to finish. Thank you for everyone who helped set up, grill, work concessions, referee, keep score, and clean up on this day.

Upcoming Saturday Tournaments

Attendance at State, plus three additional tournaments (or their equivalent in weekday matches), is required to attend Nationals in Columbus, Ohio next spring.

Dec 6 Sperring Middle School, all grades USCF rated tournament
Jan 10 Sperring Middle School, all grades (revised location) USCF rated tournament
Jan 24 Pattonville High School, all grades USCF rated tournament
Feb 21 Wydown Middle School, all grades USCF rated tournament
March 28-State Championships, Battle High School, Columbia, MO (HS section is USCF)

High School Varsity League

Upper school matches will most likely begin December 3rd, and will be held on Wednesdays after school. An additional parent driver is requested for away matches.

Note that due to a rules change, our middle school players may play on the team if needed.