Weekly Announcements

This page is intended to replace e-mails for weekly HRSCC announcements.

Welcome back, everyone!  It was great to see everyone who was gone on vacation for the summer.

September 18th was the first round of our five-round season opener Swiss tournament.  See the tournament results tab on the HRSCC dropdown menu for the results of Round 1.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered.  We were still a bit short, especially for CLEAN UP.  I know everyone just wants to go home — so does the staff who works so hard for you not only on Tuesday nights, but throughout the entire week to prepare.  Don’t make the staff stay and clean up alone.  Use the link pinned to the top of the Facebook page or from the Volunteer tab on the HRSCC dropdown menu to sign up in advance.  Our volunteer coordinator is logging your hours for the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards (adults and kids).  If you would like to submit retroactive hours, please see Amy Nichols at club.

We need a new Librarian / Logistician – permanent volunteer staff position.  See Tina.

We need an Assistant Treasurer on an as-needed basis.  See Tina or Cheryl.

We need an Administrative Assistant to the HRCA President (Tina) — permanent volunteer staff position.  See Tina.

This week, arrive as close to 5 as possible.  Check in with me, make your Ladder challenge (we are back to the Ladder this week), then report immediately to your training group.  Pairings will be posted by 6 PM, and the round will start no later than 6:15 (coaches, release your groups by then).  Finish your game, turn in your result slip to the score table in the lobby, play your Ladder game, and go home.

If you have not already reviewed it:  HRSCC NEW PLAYER ORIENTATION.

It is now imperative that you let Coach Tina know in advance if you will NOT be at club.  This allows us to enter Byes in advance and know how many board numbers to lay out, saving time and allowing us to run each club meeting smoothly.  E-Mail prior to 4 PM on Tuesdays if possible.  Last minute absences (e.g. child comes home sick from school, car breaks down, impossible traffic, etc.) should be texted to 757-535-3880 prior to 5:30 PM, as should planned late arrivals.  Rounds will start between 6 and 6:15 PM weekly, so if you can guarantee arrival by 6, you will be paired (but you will miss training).  If you are a “no show” (absent with no notice), you will receive a zero point bye for that night’s round.  If your absence is known in advance, you are entitled to one half point bye per tournament.  Subsequent absences will receive a zero point bye for the same tournament.  Despite these pleas, we still had several no-shows on the 18th.

Tickets:  Coach Tina will only be issuing tickets for weekly ChessKid usage.  Tickets for attendance are contingent on good behavior in class and will be awarded by the coaches, as will homework (workbooks, etc.) tickets.  See the Weekly Homework tab on the HRSCC dropdown menu for your assignments!  Coach Tina will also issue tickets for extra activity such as participation in external tournaments.  The chess store will be open each week for you to purchase items with your tickets.

Don’t forget to register for three upcoming tournaments in our area:

Go to www.vschess.org to register for the Grafton Fall Scholastic on September 22nd, which is the season kick-off for the Virginia Scholastic Chess Association.  This event is at Grafton Middle School in Yorktown.  Advance registration is closed, but you can still walk up and register on site by 9 AM.

Go to Special Events drop-down menu on this page to register for the IndiaFest tournament on September 29th.  This is a fun, quick-rated only tournament with the top three players in each section being recognized on stage at IndiaFest in November.

Also under Special Events, you will find the National Chess Day tournament at MacArthur Center Mall.  There will be Blitz and Bughouse in the morning, as well as a simultaneous exhibition, followed by a quick-rated only tournament in the afternoon, a full day of celebrating the Game of Kings!

This website has been updated.  Take some time to look at important pages such as Homework, Tournament Clearinghouse, Private Coaches, Special Events, as well as the Calendar.  The new 2018-2019 schedule for HRSCC is now posted on the website.  More helpful information is coming soon, so check back frequently!

See you Tuesday!