Part 4-6: Scholastic Chess Tournaments & Ratings!
What Makes Chess Clubs For Students Great? (Part 4-6 of 6)
by John Bain
Intro: What Makes "Chess Clubs For Students" Great? outlines practices for building a well-attended, successful chess club.
Part 1 - Basic Chess Skills and Psychology For Students emphasizes how learning the Chess Rules and Three Psychological Practices enable students to become stronger players.
Part 2 - Basic Endgame Checkmate Patterns For Students covers Four Basic Endgame Checkmate Patterns that will yield collateral benefits to all aspects of a student's games.
Part 3 - Choosing Location, Meeting Times & Equipment demonstrates that the right location, the right meeting times, and quality chess equipment will foster enthusiastic student chess club participation.
Part 4 - Chess Club Activities For Students shows that activities that are fun--and that improve chess knowledge and skills--are the lifeblood of a well-run, great chess club!
Part 5 - How to Promote Chess Clubs in Schools presents the very best, promising practices for promoting school chess clubs.
Part 6 - What Chess Teaches Kids About Life notes the virtues, lessons and life skills that chess teaches!
Part 4-6: Scholastic Chess Tournaments & Ratings
Part of a Team
Scholastic Chess Tournaments introduce students to more serious competition with chess players from other schools. Field trips to scholastic chess tournaments give students a sense of belonging--an opportunity to be part of a "team!" Hosting scholastic chess tournaments give students an opportunity for responsibility and service as well as being part of a team! Whether traveling or hosting scholastic chess tournaments, good, simple, sturdy chess clocks ($24.95) and chess sets ($14.00) are essential to Chess Club Ladder and Tournament Competition.
And, most importantly, scholastic chess tournaments give students an opportunity to earn ratings. Ratings!
Ratings! At United States Chess Federation (USCF) sponsored tournaments, students earn USCF ratings.
To students in chess clubs, USCF ratings rank in importance right behind position on the club chess ladder.
Chess Club Ladder Competition is by far the activity that attracts the most attention, most interest and the most students to chess club in the school setting. Nothing will improve interest and attendance in a chess club more than a well-constructed and well-displayed Chess Ladder! However, shortly after ladder rankings, come USCF ratings!
National & State Scholastic Chess Associations
State and national chess associations will provide information on how to locate chess tournaments as well as how to organize and run scholastic chess tournaments.
United States Chess Federation (USCF)
The United States Chess Federation lists upcoming scholastic chess tournaments, state by state!
State Scholastic Chess Organizations
Most states have regional state scholastic chess organizations like Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation, which also lists upcoming scholastic chess tournaments.
NEXT> Part 5: How to Promote Scholastic Chess Clubs in a school setting presents effective practices to increase attendance, enthusiasm and participation in school chess clubs!