10th grade Va State Champion is top seed at Va Scholastic

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Going back to our, “Chess is ageless” Philosophy!  Praveen Balakrishnan is making his next move for scholastic champion of Va. He leads the k-12 with a section that has 2471, 2290, and 2183 as top 3.  They have 1669, 816, and 504 career games since 2008, 2009, and 2008.  They are in the 9th 10th and 9th grades respectively!

Jason Liang, a 5th grader! brings in the heat with him leading the k8 with ratings of  2068, 1762, and a 1746.  They have game records of 424, 481, and 455 since 2016!, 2012, and 2012.  They are 5th, 6th, and 8th graders respectively!  A 5th grader leading a k-8, outstanding!!  Jason is currently the sole registrant from, Belmont Station ES, Loudoun County.  So, why not!

Not to be out done is Ronen Wilson!  He jumps up a section as well in an attempt to ruin the 5 graders fun.  He leads his group in a tighter 1923, 1785, 1645 battle.  These players have 453, 196!?, and 361 career games since 2014, 2013, and 2013.  They are in the 3rd, 5th and 4th grades.  As for Ronen, there’s only 1 other registrant from Ashburn ES, Loudoun County.  He’s making the right decision as well!

Thomas Jefferson HSST, Fairfax County, Holds 9 of the 10 top seeds in the k-12.  When is someone gonna step up and make a serious commitment to copy or beat them?! (Smile)

Everyone of these kids has played more career games than me!  I “m getting old! lol

Stay posted for more updates.

Mike C


Chess… Tool or Toy!?

If you want a chess scholarship from US Chess, here is the criteria.  Get on board as soon as possible.  Once you read this you should have a better understanding of why chess is such a good application builder and why chess deserves to be listed under the, “Accomplishments” instead of, “Hobbies and Interests”!  Chess can be a tool or a toy.  The choice is yours!!!

By US Chess|January 5, 2018|Administration, College, Kids, News
Are you a chess player and a scholar? If you’re a US Chess member, and a high school junior or senior, please apply for the 2018 Scholar-Chessplayer Award. Download the 2018 Scholar-Chessplayer Application (Word file).
If you are a current US Chess member you are eligible to apply for a 2018 National Scholar-Chessplayer award if you:

Played in at least 25 Regular-rated US Chess or FIDE games during calendar year 2017. Games that are not regular rated do not count towards the 25 game requirement.  

Have shown outstanding achievement both in academics and chess

Completed at least one year of chess-related community service since the beginning of 9th Grade

Articulate in an essay (of 500 words or less) how your selection as a 2018 Scholar-Chessplayer will enable you to further your education, and continue your chess activities in the future

A total of five awards of $1,500.00 each will be presented for a total of $7,500.00 in scholarship money. Previous recipients of this award are not eligible. These scholarships are awarded annually by US Chess, and funded by the US Chess Trust and The National Scholastic Chess Foundation. They recognize outstanding high school students who promote a positive image of chess.

Applications are available here.

Applications are scored equally in four areas: Academics, Chess Playing, Community Contributions, and the Personal Essay. Contact Susan Kantor, Scholastics Associate, at the US Chess Office, (931) 787-1234 x136 or email skantor@uschess.org with any questions.

Your completed application consists of the documents listed below. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated by the selection committee.

The cover page of the Application, which contains basic information about yourself.

Your high school transcripts showing all courses and grades.
Your SAT or ACT scores (pre-SAT scores are not acceptable).
Evidence that you have played at least 25 US Chess or FIDE rated games during calendar year 2017.
A list and brief description of your best Chess Accomplishments.
Examples of your Chess-related Community Service since the beginning of 9th Grade or later.
A letter of recommendation from a teacher in a current or former school you have attended in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
A letter of recommendation from a Chess Coach or Tournament Director.
A letter of support from someone other than a parent, guardian or relative, attesting to the nature, duration and impact of your chess-related community service. We also encourage you to submit newspaper articles or web-based stories as evidence.
Your essay of no more than 500 words describing how your being recognized as a Scholar-Chessplayer would help you continue contributing to the greater US Chess community in the future.
OPTIONAL: A recent color photograph of yourself, either a headshot or full-length.
You can send your application to us in two ways—email or regular mail. If you use email, we must receive your application by Friday, March 2nd, 2018. If you send your application by one of many available postal carriers, it must be postmarked by midnight on Monday, February 26, 2018.

Recipients who attend the 2018 National High School Chess Championship in Columbus, OH on April 27th – 29th, 2018, will be recognized at the event. Attending the 2018 Nationals tournament is not a requirement to be eligible for the 2018 Scholar-ChessPlayer Award.

Send your completed application to:

US Chess Federation

Attn: Susan Kantor

P.O. Box 3967 Crossville, TN 38557-3967

OR Email – Attn: Susan Kantor at skantor@uschess.org

No matter what you want to do in the field of chess, to be a complete chess personality means, you can’t play all the time!!  Strong coach, referee, and organizer activities and certifications will sometimes mitigate your rating, but never the other way around!!  Just being an applicant for this scholarship is an accomplishment worthy of discernment on a college or employment application!!  Master the rules, record your games, and continually prepare for increased leadership!  Stop playing around!! lol

Nascar Watch Out!!

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The race to find new sponsors/customers is on!  We need businesses to tell kids how important they are when they play chess!  You can have your logo on everything we show people for just $99.00 a year and a promise to provide your services free or at a discount to Chess Families pursuing scholarships!

Want to use our services?  Of course we have everything chess has to offer!  To give entrepreneurial and professional development, we have companies.  The “Pro Funding Suite” allows us to offer commercial money, loans and credit building!  Got all the money you need?  $10,000.00 to $10,000,000.00!  If your electric bill is $7000 a month or more, “Sunview Integrated Solutions” can usually lower that bill by 10% – 30%.  There is no risk!!  Lloyds of London underwrites our energy saving guarantees and there are no up front cost.

Helping the chess community with your advertising, patronage, or referral is so simple, even a cave…!  You get the idea.

VA Scholastic Championships are March 2nd – 4th.  RCI is trying to take 20 parents and children from RPS to this event!  The total $4844.00.  We’ll accept donations from private citizens, but if you’re a business owner, advertising, doing business with us, or sending us a referral teaches the kids a lot more!

Thanks for your time,

Mike C

Don’t let them miss out! It matters!

I had never been to a huge scholastic tournament before this past weekend when I went to the Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championships, or the “City Championships”, as my friend called it. I only played chess competitively in a few small scholastic tournaments and Goichberg tournaments. I never had a school chess team, never […]

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