The three individuals in charge are the same as last year: organizer Salman Azhar (see photo at right), National Tournament Director John McCumiskey and CalChess President Tom Langland.
Please check out the round schedule at the official website. There are 13 categories, split up by both grade level and rating. The first round begins at 9:00am on each day, although players should plan to arrive by 8:30. The Kindergarten plus 1-3 Rookie, Novice and Junior Varsity sections play five rounds on Saturday only. The 4-6 Rookie and Novice sections play five rounds on Sunday only. The other three Juniors Varsity sections (4-6, 7-8, 9-12) and all four Varsity sections (1-3, 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12) have six rounds with three on Saturday and three more on Sunday.
As of midnight on April 28, about 850 players have registered. A few more people will likely sign up late, but the entry fees increase by $10 and $20 this week. Unfortunately, the low turnout continues to follow a downward trend over the past few years: 1319 in 2006, 1172 in 2007 and 1028 in 2008. Perhaps the weak economy plays a significant role, but that's not the only factor being blamed by pundits.
- Latest entries by rating
- Latest entries by team
- High School: 9-12 Varsity
- Junior High: 7-8 Varsity
- Elementary: 4-6 Varsity and 4-5 Varsity
- Primary: 1-3 Varsity
- High School: Saratoga H.S. and Mission San Jose H.S. (Fremont)
- Junior High: Windemere Ranch M.S. (San Ramon) and Hopkins J.H.S. (Fremont)
- Elementary 4-6: MSJE, Weibel Elem. (Fremont) and St. Mark's School (San Rafael)
- Elementary 4-5: MSJE and Weibel Elem.
- Primary 1-3: Forest Park Elem., MSJE and Weibel Elem.
Good luck to all players and parents! If you read this blog and you see me on the weekend, please say hello to me. I will be busy with my students, but I also enjoy meeting people.