Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to the last CCF tournament at Rickover. Although we narrowly missed out on a few team awards, we did have four Bateman players earn individual honors in their respective sections! This was our biggest turnout as a team, so let’s keep it up in 2019!
Here are some important updates before the winter break:
- We are extremely excited to announce the launch of our new and improved Bateman Chess Team website! One of our amazing chess parents, Ms. Alexandra, has been working tirelessly on organizing all of the different chess announcements, documents, and information. You can also use the website to find any forms that may have gotten lost in those book bag black holes, as well as plan ahead for upcoming events. Please “check” it out: http://bateman.cps.edu/chess-team.html
- Students are receiving an updated calendar that includes all of the practices and events from now until the end of February. Please keep that schedule in a handy place to plan ahead. You may also check the Bateman School Google Calendar for any practice updates.
- Remember that we will have our next free tournament the Saturday after we return (Jan. 12) at Chicago Vocational High School. A flyer is attached for your reference. This is a special team tournament with a different format, so I hope we can get several players to participate. We have to pre-register for that tournament this week, so please return the attached permission slip by this Thu. (12/20), even if you’re not 100% sure you can attend. We can make changes the week that we return in January, if necessary.
- I have also attached some flyers for events that are happening during winter break. If you have any questions about them, please let me know.
- We have the Greater Chicago Championships in early February (2/2/2019), which is a great opportunity to play in a rated tournament. Our school can qualify for free entries (which includes a free annual membership to the official US Chess). A flyer for that event will also be sent home when we get back to school, but please plan ahead.
- You have probably heard of NCAA March Madness for basketball. Well, we have our own chess March Madness, with city, state, and national championships! All of the tournament dates and locations are listed on the back of the updated calendar.
- Did you know that Bateman has had students represented at National tournaments for the past six years? We would love to continue our streak and get even more players participating. Another one of our fantastic parents, Ms. Joy, has been recruiting interested parents for the National Elementary (K-6) Championships in Nashville, TN on May 10-12. If you are even remotely interested, please let us know so that we can help you plan, and we can get a full team!
- Finally, we just renewed every Chess team member’s Chesskid.com Gold membership. We have also received free Internet Chess Club accounts (play.chessclub.com/cps). Students should be using their accounts for additional practice and sharpening of their skills. Family and homework should always come first, but the Chesskid memberships were paid for by school fundraising, and therefore should be used when possible.
I wish everyone a safe holiday season and a prosperous new year! See you in 2019…
If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (773)534-5055.
Mr. Geisler [Member: U.S. Chess Federation, Illinois Chess Association (Youth Committee), Chicago Chess Foundation (Board member)]
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