“Under” or “Open”!? When and Why?

I’ve been talking to a number of parents over the last few months about the difference between Open and Under tournaments for their kids!  Most parents tend to underestimate their child’s resolve and continually ignore grandmaster advice and recommendations!!  Jennifer Yu’s parents did an excellent job of selecting tournaments for their daughter.  To view the key period relative to this blog, go to this link; http://www.uschess.org/msa/MbrDtlTnmtHst.php?14117950.3.  During that 50 game period, the Yu’s did an almost perfect job of selecting tournaments that would help Jennifer’s growth!   Remember if you want to get better at chess you must play against people that you have little to no chance against most of the time!!  Let’s explain why!  Believe it or not, even with a 200-300 point difference, there will be many times that the lower player is holding their own or even winning for a large portion of the game.  It only improves their confidence when they see how long they did well against higher rated players, not equal or lower rated players!!  To get the most, from chess, you must enter tournaments with 2-3 minute per move time controls.  Tournaments with at least a 60 minute initial or game time control will improve your concentration and vision. Make sure that if you get into a post-mortem after a game that the person is good enough to offer solid advice.  The best post-mortem for aspiring players come from players that exceed their rating by at least 200-300 points!   Post-mortems between players of equal strength, rated below 1600, can be dismissed with little lost.  All grandmaster agree that you play, analyze your game, go to work on the areas that you’ve identified, and repeat this process over and over.  The only time you should be in a tournament of players in your own class is if you are trying to win money.  If you aren’t there to win money, you should be getting the best lessons you can.

Thanks Mike C      

 

SORRY, WE CAN NOT HANDLE THE SCHOOLS AND THE LIBRARIES AT THE SAME TIME THIS YEAR.

THERE WILL BE NO LIBRARY SERVICES IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER!

It’s that time of year again when teams must be assembled/recruited!  RCI is so unique we have to go tell our story ourselves.  If we don’t, the kids will think it’s a club, not a team.  They won’t be told about the tournaments, They won’t know that there are no age requirements to be a coach, referee, and organizer.  No one will tell them that they can earn money now!!  13 year old Jason Morefield has earned almost $5000.00 in the last 12 months from chess!!! Players need to know they can make progress towards a full scholarship as close as the University of Maryland.  They can also meet any community service requirements while they play!  Kids need to know that chess is the one stop shop for respect, cash, scholarships, and employment!  Adults need to know too!!!

We will be attending as many open house nights and lunchtime simuls as humanly possible.  This build up is all over the city and will ultimately mean 22 stops per week. Our inability to cover both the schools and the libraries this year is a result of low staffing caused by weak finances.  ( I was out of work for a 6 weeks this summer!? Sciatic pain!)  A better understanding of the relationship between RCI and The Richmond Public Library is explained below:

NOTE:

THE RICHMOND PUBLIC LIBRARY HAS RECENTLY, “CLARIFIED” IT’S RELATIONSHIP TO RCI AS A “SPACE PROVIDER” ONLY!!  CHESS IS NOT AND HAS NEVER BEEN A, “LIBRARY” PROGRAM.  THE RICHMOND PUBLIC LIBRARY HAS NOT NOR WILL THEY PROVIDE ANY FORM OF IN-KIND SERVICES, HELP OR ASSISTANCE!  NO SETS, CLOCKS, NO BOOKS, NO TRAINING MATERIALS, NO DEMO BOARDS, NO COACHING FEES, NO CHILDREN’S MEMBERSHIPS, NO AFFILIATION FEES, NO TOURNAMENT ENTRY FEES, NO FOOD, NO REFRESHMENTS, NO SNACKS, OR TRANSPORTATION.  OVER THE LAST 2 BUDGET CYCLES THE RICHMOND PUBLIC LIBRARY HAS ASSURED RCI THAT THEY’D BEEN WORKING VERY HARD TO SECURE FUNDING TO MAKE CHESS A LIBRARY PROGRAM.  THEY HAVE RAISED $0.00 IN 18 MONTHS. LOL!?  

RCI HAS AND WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE FREE CHESS  SERVICES TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AT IT’S OWN EXPENSE WITH EQUIPMENT ASSISTANCE FROM THE VSCA AND THE VCF.

Many individuals, non-profits, private schools, school systems, school administrators, municipalities, elected and appointed officials are using similar techniques to acquire free services from concerned citizens.  RCI has taken measures to be unaffected by any private, public, city, state, or federal… budgets, grants, unrealistic fiduciary promises or string a longs.  As a result, this type of interruption in services will not occur again.    

WANT TO HELP?

  1. WE NEED COACHES. VOLUNTEER AND PAYED.  IF THEY PAY US, WE’LL PAY YOU.  IF THEY DON’T, THEN WE WILL WORK OUT SOMETHING TO YOUR SATISFACTION.   Hours vary depending on whether you are a library or a school.

2.)  Help us give away a home or business security system any where in VA.  We do new and replacement systems.  Never any charge for equipment or installation. Even thermostats, cameras, and recorders are free!  You get $100.00 for the referral and we get $300.00 for chess in Richmond.  CALL ME OR HAVE THEM CALL ME 804-426-6058. We guarantee to match and exceed any written offer!!

3.)  Every body wants free advice, free simuls, free classes, updated services, updated website, ideal tournament locations and conditions, low entry fees etc.  Chess is cheap, not free, Say thank you with a donation once in a while.  If you use any chess services that are provided by volunteers, you should be making a donation to them every year.  I know that many of the  people that have been getting services from RCI, the VSCA and the VCF are way overdue!!!

4.) Share as much as you can about us on social media, at your schools, churches, and other places where you meet.  We will always have the lower price and the better service!!

Thanks

Mike Callaham, President

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If I’m to be happy, if we are to reach our goals, chess must expand every day, month and year.  To do that we need money!?  Donations are great, I wish they would be enough, but they haven’t been and they won’t.  We need personnel, I wish we had volunteers, but there haven’t been and won’t be enough of those either.  We give away security systems and are paid a portion of the monitoring.  If you refer someone to us you get $100 for your effort.  This isn’t about the money!!  When you get a system from us, you have my personal guaranteed that no one has ever got a better system for free.  Prove you have and I’ll make that our standard offer and pay you $100.

This is our, ” 20 Point Over Quota Sale” Your main control box is included.  Now take the rest and make your free system.  When you reach 20 points, you’re done.  All you pay for is monitoring!!

Doors 1, doorbells 1, lamp modules 1, keyfobs 1, medical pendants 1, motions sensor 2, smoke detector 2, glass break detectors, 2nd control pad 4, thermostat control 4, indoor fixed camera 4, pivot camera 5, recorder 6.  Free installation through 8/31/16.  All systems are wireless and include offsite control capabilities.  Businesses welcome.  Call today 804-426-6058

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Do something meaningful as soon as you can!

Thanks

Mike C

 

 

A Call To Action

Mission:
RCI’s on going mission is to increase the number of scholarships, employment opportunities, and entrepreneurial opportunities available to chess players of all ages in the City of Richmond.
History:
Michael Callaham, (Founder/CEO) has a 30 yr. history of youth chess involvement.   When it was discovered that there are no age requirements to be a Nationally Certified Coach, Referee, or Organizer, we began to explore how families could use chess as a growth and income opportunity.

Special attention was given to ensuring that the chess programs meet international standards, that they are free to Richmond Public School Students/Families, and that every event is at or near a bus stop!

Activity:
Since 2011, RCI has sponsored more than 900 coaching, tournament and special event appearances with in the Richmond City Limits!  RCI established the Richmond Middle School Chess League.  In an unprecedented cooperative effort with The Virginia Scholastic Chess Association, (Secretary) The Virginia Chess Federation, (Board Member and State Scholastic Director) The Richmond Public Library, (Friend) and Richmond Public Schools, (Community Partner/Parent) RCI organized, sponsors, and manages the Richmond Metropolitan Grand Prix Chess training and tournament circuit.  (400 free trainings and 12 tournaments annually).  Since 2011, only RCI coached students have represented RPS at the Virginia Scholastic Chess Championships.

You want to see something positive in the community, this is it!  We all know the city has no money.  Through our partnership with Monitronics, we are allowed to give away 2 and 3 times the free equipment offered by ADT and Brinks and Monitronics gives us a portion of the monitoring!

Get on board!  Thank someone from one of the agencies involved, tell someone about us, come play chess, come work with us, come coach, get a security system from us, or make a donation.
Sincerely doing my best for kids through chess, Michael A Callaham Founder/CEO RCI