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Hello all! I hope everyone is well. I just wanted to highlight a few upcoming events.
There are a couple more Shining Knights events (April 26th and May 17th.)
June will be fairly light, but July should be interesting. I expect to be teaching a couple of camps for Shining Knights in Methacton and Downingtown. There will also be a couple of guest lectures by Dov Gorman. These are only for players rated over 1200 and one lesson will focus on endings and the other on strategic planning. Please contact me if you are interested in attending. I will probably be running a small one day event in July as well.
August starts with the Holly Heisman Memorial on the 3rd. That page will shortly be updated with information about donors and participants. August 16th - 17th (and possibly Friday the 15th) will be a multi day event consisting of several state championships and will give players a chance to play at least 25(!!) rated games with many scholastic trophies. There will be lots more information coming over the next couple of weeks.
A team scholastic event in Shippensburg is just in the beginning stages of planning, but it will likely be Columbus Day weekend.
My move to Exton, PA is finally wrapping up and we (my wife, myself, and the animals), are very happy to be here. The fall has several exciting events coming up including three Shining Knights tournaments and a new major Philadelphia tournament. Also, the 2015 (please note the date) State Scholastic will be in Lancaster, PA!! More information on all of these events, to be forthcoming.
When: August 4, 2013
Where: JCC Kaiserman Branch, Haverford Rd. & City Ave., Wynnewood.
Advance entry strongly suggested.
Entry is free; however an optional, tax-deductible donation of $25+ to the Holly Heisman Memorial Fund at the Philadelphia Foundation to benefit women in need is strongly suggested .
Registration: 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m..
All: G/30, Rds. 10:30-11:45-1:30-2:45-4:00 or earlier.
3 Sections: Open 5SS & U1500 5SS (both open to all ages) and K-8 U900 4SS.
Many donated prizes ($1,000+/yr!).
Prize sponsors encouraged & honored at event. To make a donation, email Joshua Anderson.
To enter: Email Name, ID number, and section to Joshua Anderson.
A list of players and prizes are available by calling 610-649-0750, or emailing Joshua Anderson.
I am very pleased to announce that the Aloha Math Company in Frazer, PA at 17 Ravine Road, is going to allow us to start running not only tournaments, but also a chess club as well! The Tri-Bridges Club meets on Tuesdays, from 7 to 9.
If you have any questions, please email me or call 484-948-5692.
is extremely proud of my three students who played in the K-3 state championship. Aneesh came in 11th, Jack came in 6th, and Shawn is the new K-3 state champion. They all deserve a tremoundous amount of credit for working so hard. I would like to add that Evan finished 10th in the 7th to 12th U1000 section.
Congratulations to our participants and winners!
Sunday July 29, 2012 Sunday evening saw the end of the 2012 Philadelphia Junior Invitational, hosted by Chestnut Hill College. This event brings together the top eight scholastic players from the Philadelphia region. All of whom are in the top 3% of juniors in the entire country!
By luck of the draw, the two highest rated players, Andrew Ng and Rahul Swaminathan, had played, and drawn, on the first night. This allowed two first time participants, Josh Hernandez – Camen and Greg Whitehorn, to take the early lead. By the end of the second round Josh, one of three 13 year olds, found himself in clear first, being the only person to win his first two games.
As the rounds progressed, the four highest rated players began to separate themselves from the bottom four. As is common in a round robin event, where everyone plays everyone, the stronger players mostly drew against each other and beat the weaker players. The weaker players aim for draws against the stronger players and to beat each other. This is largely what happened, as neither the winner, Andrew, nor the second place finisher, Rahul lost a game.
The third and fourth place finishers, Yuhao Xu and Chris Yang, each lost one game and won two. Josh and Nathaniel Kolo, finished fifth and sixth respectively. Gregory Whitehorn lost several close games and beat the tail ender to finish seventh, and Kimberly Ding finished last. The tournament benefitted from great support from local Chestnut Hill businesses, the Chestnut Hill Business Association, Chestnut Hill College and the Dan Heisman Chess Support Fund. The Junior Invitational is in their debt, and we hope for and look forward to their continued support in 2013.
Mind's Eye Press would like to extend thanks to the Dan Heisman Chess Support Fund for all the assistance in making our tournaments such a success!
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