Monday, March 12, 2012

More Tournament News

Frank Love Chess Club is continuing to make itself known at local tournaments.  On March 3rd, at the Mountlake Terrace Spring Fling 11 kids represented Frank Love.  It was Zach's first time ever competing in a chess tournament.  Curtis had 4 points (3 wins and 2 ties, making him undefeated), Cameron had 3.5 points and Kobe earned 3 points.  All 3 qualified for the state tournament next month.  Tyler earned 3 points also, which made him qualified for the state tournament for his second time this year.  Congratulations to all of our players! 

On Saturday March 10th, Cedar Park Christian School hosted a tournament.  Six students from Frank Love represented our team there.  Hayden, Dylan and Liam R competed in their first ever chess tournament that day!  Hayden is in kindergarten, but since there were enough kindergartners at this tournament, he played in a K-3 section.  He won his first two games and qualified for the state tournament in April.  He is our 3rd kindergartner to qualify!  Dylan and Kenney won 3 games in their sections and also qualified for the state tournament.  The most exciting part of the tournament was when the last of the awards were given out, the team trophies.  Frank Love won 3rd place!  We were the only public school to receive a team trophy.  Once again, Congratulations to all of our chess players!  The trophy will be in Mr. Adams' room this week until chess club on Thursday when it will be placed in the (starting to get crowded) chess club cabinet in the library.

If you haven't made it to a tournament yet and would like to, Shelton View is hosting a tournament on March 31st.  It will be at Lockwood elementary (NOT at Shelton View)  8 kids from Frank Love have already signed up and I know more are interested.  You can register online at and click on tournaments on the left.  It is best to register early.  The price goes up by $7 a week before the tournament.  This tournament is only open to Northshore School District Students.  Last year our team won second place and this year we're hoping to give our rival another good day of competition.

If you have qualified for state, it's best to register early.  The price goes up as the tournament comes closer.  Long Duong has made a group reservation for us at the Holiday Inn in Richland.  Please contact Long Duong or Dawn Furukawa for more information on how to join our group. 

This week will be the last week for our club chess tournament.  Rohan is the only person with 5 wins out of 5.  Alex K is also undefeated with 3 wins and 2 ties.  We have a few more that haven't lost yet, but none of those have been present for all 5 weeks.  If you know in advance that your child will be absent from chess club, please let us know.  It affects our pairings, lessons, number of copies needed and things like that.  Also, please do allow your child to leave before being dismissed by Mr. Adams.  There is a sign out sheet if you really must leave early.  Chess club is over at 4:10.  We need all students to stay until the end to help clean up boards and listen to the announcements.

Our last chess club meeting is scheduled for Thursday April 26th. There will be no meeting the week before because of spring break. That means there are only 6 club meetings left and we have started to think about next year. We would like to set up a survey to get parents' opinions about what is going well and what could use some improvement with chess club. We would also like to get a good feel about how many students we can expect in the fall. Last year we had about 40 kids and this year we jumped to 76 the first month. We currently have about 55 who come regularly. If you have any ideas, suggestions or would like to volunteer for next year, please contact Dawn Furukawa or Mr. Adams.

Every week Mr. Adams and I continue to see changes in our players.  One first grader who used to stack the rooks on the board is now focused  on his game and concentrated on his opponent during the games.  We're seeing more good sportsmanship like when a 4th grader was asked to play one of kindergartners and couldn't believe what a tough game it had been for him.  Every week they make us proud.  I think all of Frank Love Chess Club is looking forward to the Shelton View tournament on March 31st.  Hope to see you there!

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