Monday, June 20, 2016

Call for Nominations and SACA Elections

Call for Nominations

SACA board elections will be held at the Ye Olde Pueblo Chess Tournament during the weekend of July 15-17, 2016.

The SACA board consists of the following positions:

President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
(4) Directors at Large

Terms are one year commencing immediately after election results are announced at the Annual Member Meeting to be conducted on Sunday, July 17, 2016, 3pm at the Ye Olde Pueblo Chess Tournament. If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please send an email to: nominations@sazchess.org, and indicate the position you are interested in running for. Nominations will close June 30, 2016. You must be a registered SACA member of 13 years of age and reside in Southern Arizona in order to run for office. SACA membership registration is done free via the SACA website.

Seeking reelection are Martha Underwood (President), Michelle Martinez (Vice-President/currently Treasurer), John Wright (Treasurer/currently Vice-President), Robby Adamson (Director at Large), Lee LaFrese (Director at Large).

Vacant positions are Secretary and two Director at Large positions. However anyone can run for any position.

SACA Elections

Registered SACA members must vote in person at the Ye Olde Pueblo Chess Tournament during the weekend of July 15-17, 2016. Voting is available from 10am-2pm Saturday/Sunday. Voting will be closed one hour prior to commencement of the Annual Member Meeting to be conducted on Sunday, July 17, 2016, 3pm at the Ye Olde Pueblo Chess Tournament. You must register as a SACA member by June 30, 2016 and be of 13 years of age to participate in the voting. A ballot will be available for each SACA member eligible to vote. SACA membership registration is done free via the SACA website.

Monday, April 25, 2016

2016 AZ State Scholastic Championship Results Posted!

Check out SACA's website for the final individual and team standings!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Regional Championships (RQ #1) - Saturday, March 5th at Harelson



Harelson Elementary. 826 W Chapala Dr, Tucson, AZ 85704. From East and South: Take Oracle to Ina Rd. Turn west on Ina and go 1 block to Paseo Del Norte. Turn north onto Paseo Del Norte and go approximately 1⁄2 mile to Chapala Dr and turn west. The school is located on the northwest corner. From West or I-10: Take I-10 to Ina Rd (Exit 248). Take Ina east about 5 miles to Paseo Del Norte. Follow above directions to the school.

USCF Rated. Individual Swiss format with 5 rounds in 4 divisions. Open to students in grades K-9. Players may play up, but only qualify (see below) for the division that they participate in.

Junior High (K-9) Elementary (K-6) Primary (K-3) Kindergarten/1st Grade (K-1)

Registration is done online via Events4Chess.com by Friday, March 4, at 8:00 pm. USCF Annual Membership may be purchased online at the USCF website.

$20 per player required upon registration. Bring chess clocks and sets, none provided.
Check-in is not required. Please arrive by 8:15 am to inform us of players that will not attend. Pairings are posted at 8:45 am. Announcements start at 8:55 am and play begins at 9:00 am! Players should be seated as soon as the pairings are posted.
Round times are 9:00, 10:45, 12:30, 2:15, 4:00.

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Time Control: Game in 40 minutes (per player) with a 5 second delay.
Awards: Junior High Trophies: Elementary Trophies:
Primary Trophies: K-1 Trophies:
1st - 10th Individual 1st - 15th Individual 1st - 15th Individual 1st - 10th Individual
1st - 4th Team 1st - 6th Team 1st - 6th Team 1st - 4th Team
Medallions awarded to players scoring 3.0 or more points that do not win an Individual Trophy. Medals to all K-1 players not receiving a trophy. Participation ribbons to all.
Team scores consist of only the top 4 scores in the division.

Information: Email: scholastic@sazchess.org; SACA website: www.sazchess.org/
April 23-24, 2016 – Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships

Flyer/Information – Southern Arizona Chess Association – www.sazchess.org
Qualifications:To play in the Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships, a player must qualify a “slot” at a Regional Qualifier. A school may bring the number of players equal to the number of slots qualified at all Regional Qualifiers +1; a team qualifying exactly two slots in a division may bring four players in that division. Players qualify slots by: K-1 division: play at least 4 rounds OR score 3 points; Primary K-3, Elementary K-6, and Junior High K-9: score at least 3 points at a qualifier;
High School Grades 9-12: do not have to qualify. A player may not qualify more than one slot, regardless of the number of qualifiers played. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

League Match #4 - January 30, 2016 - Sonoran Science Academy



2325 W Sunset Rd Tucson AZ 85741. Take either Campbell or Oracle to River. Take River west to La Cholla. Take La Cholla north from River to Sunset. Go west on Sunset. MapQuest.
Non-Rated. Team format. Teams in each division are separated by rating into sections. Schools may enter more than one team per division, but you must fill out a complete team before starting a new team. An Individual Section is available for players that are not on a complete team.
High School (K-12): Teams of 3 players (2 player minimum to register) Junior High (K-8): Teams of 3 players (2 player minimum to register) Elementary (K-6): Teams of 3 players (2 player minimum to register) Primary (K-3): Teams of 3 players (2 player minimum to register)
$10 per player. Players pay their coach. Coaches are responsible for paying the school’s total entry fee on Saturday morning before the end of Round 1.
Players register with their coach. Each coach is responsible for registering the team via e-mail, scholastic@sazchess.org, by Thursday (1/28)**. You will receive a confirmation e-mail by noon on Friday. If you don’t receive that confirmation reply, please register again.
**Teams that meet on Fridays may register on 1/29 by 9:00 pm.
**Individuals that do not have a chess team may register through the above e-mail**
Required information for each school must include: Division and rating of each team. Player’s names and board number for each team. Number of players and player’s names who are not on a complete team.
**Team Rating = Rating of all three players combined.
**Player’s Rating = USCF (current supplement).
**Players must play in board order with no more than a 200 point rating swap.
**If unrated, estimate rating using grade multiplied by 75 plus 100. Kindergarten = 100.

Bring chess clocks and sets, none provided.
Players check in with their coach. Coaches, please declare team drops by 8:30 am. Pairings are posted at 8:40 am. Announcements start at 8:50 am and play begins at 9:00 am! Coaches, please seat teams as soon as the pairings are posted. Players not on a team should line up under their grade sign in the Individual Section each round.
Round times are 9:00, 10:45, 12:30.
Game in 40 minutes (per player) with a 5 second delay. Team: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophy per section.
Individual and Team: Trophy to all players scoring 3 points. Medallion to all players scoring 2.5 points. Ribbon to all players scoring 2 points. Participation Certificate to all.
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Equipment: Schedule:
Time Control: Awards:
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Information:
***
SACA is not responsible for children left unattended or unsupervised at our tournaments and events.*** 

Blitzing January G/5 - Wednesday, January 27 at Jewish Community Center



Jewish Community Center (JCC), 3800 E. River Rd., Tucson, AZ 85718.
5 round double Swiss tournament in one section. Non-rated. Open to all. USCF membership not required. USCF regular ratings will be used for pairing purposes.
Registration 6:157:00 PM on 1/27. First round begins at 7:15 PM. Other rounds as available. Time control G/5 minutes. Clock move. No delay. No byes.
$5 registration cost + Jewish Community Center on-site fee.
JCC requires a fee of $2 adults, $1 under 18 from non-JCC members.

Free entry to players rated 2200 & above, along with the JCC fee waived. $50-30; U1600 $20. Medallion to Best K-8, Best K-5.
Prizes based on 20 paid entries.
John Wright, 520-331-9981, jgwright1969@yahoo.com. W. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Last Chance to Register! Registration closes 1/22 at noon! Tucson Open & Scholastics - January 22-24, 2015

Tucson Open & Scholastics: A Heritage Event!
January 22-24, 2016
► Grand Prix Points 40 (Enhanced) ◄ & ► US Chess Junior Grand Prix ◄ 
LOCATION: Doubletree Reid Park, 446 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711, 520-881-4200. Hotel Room $99 if by 12/23 use code “CHS”.
SECTIONS: Championship, Reserve (U1800), 5/SS, 3-day or 2-day schedule is available.
                   Booster (U1400), 5/SS, 2-day schedule only.
                   Scholastic I (K-6 / U1000) and II (K-6 / U600): Two separate 1-day tournaments (Sat/Sun); 5/SS.
All players must be in grade K-6 and rated under 1000 or 600 (USCF) as of January Supplement.
Chess sets and boards provided for tournament play only. Chess clocks not provided!
Championship: $60 + (Additional $20 if under 1800) Reserve: $45 Booster: $30. Scholastic I and II: $15 each day or $25 for both days. ***GMs/IMs Free Entry*** Late fee: Add $10 after 1/14, $20 after 1/21 or at the site. Re-entries: $40.
USCF membership is required for all sections.
Registration: Online at Events4Chess, postal mail (postmarked by 1/15, entry form below), or at site. 3-day schedule: Friday (1/22) 5:30 - 6:30p 2-day schedule: Saturday (1/23) 8:30 - 9:30a Booster: Saturday (1/23) 8:30 - 9:30a Scholastic: 8:30 - 9:30a (1/23 and 1/24).
Championship/Reserve:
3-day: Friday 7p; Saturday 10a, 5p; Sunday 9:30a, 3:30p. Time control: 40/90 SD/30 + 30 inc. 2-day: Saturday 10a, 1:30p, 5p; Sunday 9:30a, 3:30p. Time control: Rounds 1-2: G/60 + 30 inc; Rounds 3-5: 40/90 SD/30 + 30 inc.
Booster: Saturday 10a, 1:30p, 5p; Sunday 9:30a, 1p. Time control: G/90; d/5.
Scholastic I and II: Round 1 at 10am, then as available for Rounds 2-5. Time control: G/40; d/5. Byes: 1⁄2 point byes (2 max.) are available for all rounds if requested prior to start of round two.
Championship ($$Gtd.): $700 + plaque - $500 - $300; ($$b/4) Top X, A, B/below $150 each. $25 SACA gift certificate to Top Junior (U18) and Senior (age 50+).
Reserve: ($$b/38): $250 - $150; ($$b/4) Top C and D/below $100 each.
$25 SACA gift certificate to Top Unrated, Top Junior (U14), and Senior (age 50+).
Booster: Trophy to 1st + $50 SACA gift certificate, Trophy to 2nd - 5th Place, Top E, Top U1000/Unr. Scholastic I and II: Trophy to 1st – 5th Place (each day).
Top player who plays both days will also receive $25 SACA gift certificate. (Scholastic I and II)
Lee LaFrese, sazchess.events@gmail.com, Phone: (520) 906-7305. W. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Register now before fees increase! Tucson Open & Scholastics - January 22-24, 2015

Tucson Open & Scholastics: A Heritage Event!
January 22-24, 2016
► Grand Prix Points 40 (Enhanced) ◄ & ► US Chess Junior Grand Prix ◄ 
LOCATION: Doubletree Reid Park, 446 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711, 520-881-4200. Hotel Room $99 if by 12/23 use code “CHS”.
SECTIONS: Championship, Reserve (U1800), 5/SS, 3-day or 2-day schedule is available.
                   Booster (U1400), 5/SS, 2-day schedule only.
                   Scholastic I (K-6 / U1000) and II (K-6 / U600): Two separate 1-day tournaments (Sat/Sun); 5/SS.
All players must be in grade K-6 and rated under 1000 or 600 (USCF) as of January Supplement.
Chess sets and boards provided for tournament play only. Chess clocks not provided!
Championship: $60 + (Additional $20 if under 1800) Reserve: $45 Booster: $30. Scholastic I and II: $15 each day or $25 for both days. ***GMs/IMs Free Entry*** Late fee: Add $10 after 1/14, $20 after 1/21 or at the site. Re-entries: $40.
USCF membership is required for all sections.
Registration: Online at Events4Chess, postal mail (postmarked by 1/15, entry form below), or at site. 3-day schedule: Friday (1/22) 5:30 - 6:30p 2-day schedule: Saturday (1/23) 8:30 - 9:30a Booster: Saturday (1/23) 8:30 - 9:30a Scholastic: 8:30 - 9:30a (1/23 and 1/24).
Championship/Reserve:
3-day: Friday 7p; Saturday 10a, 5p; Sunday 9:30a, 3:30p. Time control: 40/90 SD/30 + 30 inc. 2-day: Saturday 10a, 1:30p, 5p; Sunday 9:30a, 3:30p. Time control: Rounds 1-2: G/60 + 30 inc; Rounds 3-5: 40/90 SD/30 + 30 inc.
Booster: Saturday 10a, 1:30p, 5p; Sunday 9:30a, 1p. Time control: G/90; d/5.
Scholastic I and II: Round 1 at 10am, then as available for Rounds 2-5. Time control: G/40; d/5. Byes: 1⁄2 point byes (2 max.) are available for all rounds if requested prior to start of round two.
Championship ($$Gtd.): $700 + plaque - $500 - $300; ($$b/4) Top X, A, B/below $150 each. $25 SACA gift certificate to Top Junior (U18) and Senior (age 50+).
Reserve: ($$b/38): $250 - $150; ($$b/4) Top C and D/below $100 each.
$25 SACA gift certificate to Top Unrated, Top Junior (U14), and Senior (age 50+).
Booster: Trophy to 1st + $50 SACA gift certificate, Trophy to 2nd - 5th Place, Top E, Top U1000/Unr. Scholastic I and II: Trophy to 1st – 5th Place (each day).
Top player who plays both days will also receive $25 SACA gift certificate. (Scholastic I and II)
Lee LaFrese, sazchess.events@gmail.com, Phone: (520) 906-7305. W. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Landon Brownell Memorial Scholarships - Deadline to Apply is December 31, 2015!

The Southern Arizona Chess Association is pleased to offer merit-based scholarships up to the amount of $300 to any eligible scholastic chess player from the Southern Arizona region.  The scholarships will be awarded yearly.
The application is available at: Landon Brownell Scholarship

Guidelines

Purpose
The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support to Southern Arizona scholastic chess players who have demonstrated excellence in chess and a desire to further their chess development.
Eligibility Requirements
As of June 30 of the current year the applicant must satisfy the following requirements:
  1. Live in Southern Arizona.  Southern Arizona is defined as Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz Counties.
  2. Participated in at least 1 SACA sponsored chess tournament since June 1 of the previous year. (Including SACA Scholastic League tournaments and US Amateur West.)
  3. Be a current (or family) member of SACA.
  4. Be enrolled in 3rd – 12th grade in school or the home schooled equivalent.
  5. Obtained the minimum official established USCF rating based on current grade at least once since June 30 of the previous year.
  6. Current Grade3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th11th12th
    USCF Minimum Rating1300140015001600170018001850190019502000
  7. In order to be eligible for the current year, the applicant cannot have received a SACA Merit Scholarship the previous year.  (Applicant would be listed as an Honorable Mention.)
Method of Award
SACA will reimburse up to $300 in chess expenses of the scholarship award winner.  The reimbursement will only be awarded once, but may be used for multiple expenses.  A receipt of purchase will be required in order for SACA to reimburse the scholarship winner.
The following are eligible for SACA Scholarship reimbursement:
  • Purchase of chess equipment, chess books, or chess software.
  • Attendance (including travel expenses) to an out of region tournament.
  • Attendance in a chess camp.
If there are any questions regarding permissible use of scholarship funds, please contact SACA prior to purchasing any good or services.  Chess lessons are NOT permissible for scholarship funds.  Scholarship funds are non-transferable.
Requests for reimbursement (including all receipts) are due December 31 of the following year in which the scholarship was awarded.  All late requests will be denied.
SACA reserves the right to change or discontinue this Scholarship at any time, but will honor any scholarships that have already been awarded.

League Match #3 - Saturday, December 12, 2015

League Match #3
December 12, 2015
International School of Tucson
Directions:      1701 E Seneca St, Tucson, AZ 85719. Visit Google Maps for directions.
Description:    Open to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Individual/Team format 4 round Swiss System with 6 sections:
RATED: Junior High/High School (K-12), Elementary (K-6), Primary (K-3), and Primary (K-1).
NON-RATED: (K-12) & (K-3).
**This is not an elimination tournament; all players will play all rounds unless they withdraw from the tournament.       
US Chess Federation (USCF) membership is required for the RATED sections.
US Chess Federation Membership may be purchased online at the USCF website.
(Annual membership rates range from $17 - $33.)
Entry Fee:        $15 per player. Bring chess clocks and sets, none provided.
To Register:    Each player is responsible for registering online via the Events4Chess, by Friday,
December 11 at 9:00 pm. (Registration close). After registration close you will be assessed a $5 late fee and will not be paired for round 1. You will enter as a ½ point for round 1.
Schedule:        Check-in is not required. Please arrive by 8:30 am to inform us of players that will not attend. Pairings are posted at 8:40 am. Announcements start at 8:50 am and play begins at 9:00 am! Please be seated as soon as the pairings are posted. Round times are 9:00, 10:30, 12:00, 1:30.
Time Control:  Game in 30 minutes (per player) with a 5 second delay.
Awards:            Individual: Trophy to all who score 3.5 or more points. Medallion to all who score 3.0 points. Ribbon to all who score 2.5 points. Participation Certificate to all.
Team: Top 3 to each section. **Team scores will be based on the top 4 scores.**
Information:    Email: scholastic@sazchess.org; SACA website: www.sazchess.org/

A food/snack bar will be available at the tournament site.
***SACA is not responsible for children left unattended or unsupervised at our tournaments and events.**

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tucson Open and Scholastics - January 22-24, 2016

Tucson Open & Scholastics: A Heritage Event!
January 22-24, 2016
► Grand Prix Points 40 (Enhanced) ◄ & ► US Chess Junior Grand Prix ◄ 
LOCATION: Doubletree Reid Park, 446 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711, 520-881-4200. Hotel Room $99 if by 12/23 use code “CHS”.
SECTIONS: Championship, Reserve (U1800), 5/SS, 3-day or 2-day schedule is available.
                   Booster (U1400), 5/SS, 2-day schedule only.
                   Scholastic I (K-6 / U1000) and II (K-6 / U600): Two separate 1-day tournaments (Sat/Sun); 5/SS.
All players must be in grade K-6 and rated under 1000 or 600 (USCF) as of January Supplement.
Chess sets and boards provided for tournament play only. Chess clocks not provided!
Championship: $60 + (Additional $20 if under 1800) Reserve: $45 Booster: $30. Scholastic I and II: $15 each day or $25 for both days. ***GMs/IMs Free Entry*** Late fee: Add $10 after 1/14, $20 after 1/21 or at the site. Re-entries: $40.
USCF membership is required for all sections.
Registration: Online at Events4Chess, postal mail (postmarked by 1/15, entry form below), or at site. 3-day schedule: Friday (1/22) 5:30 - 6:30p 2-day schedule: Saturday (1/23) 8:30 - 9:30a Booster: Saturday (1/23) 8:30 - 9:30a Scholastic: 8:30 - 9:30a (1/23 and 1/24).
Championship/Reserve:
3-day: Friday 7p; Saturday 10a, 5p; Sunday 9:30a, 3:30p. Time control: 40/90 SD/30 + 30 inc. 2-day: Saturday 10a, 1:30p, 5p; Sunday 9:30a, 3:30p. Time control: Rounds 1-2: G/60 + 30 inc; Rounds 3-5: 40/90 SD/30 + 30 inc.
Booster: Saturday 10a, 1:30p, 5p; Sunday 9:30a, 1p. Time control: G/90; d/5.
Scholastic I and II: Round 1 at 10am, then as available for Rounds 2-5. Time control: G/40; d/5. Byes: 1⁄2 point byes (2 max.) are available for all rounds if requested prior to start of round two.
Championship ($$Gtd.): $700 + plaque - $500 - $300; ($$b/4) Top X, A, B/below $150 each. $25 SACA gift certificate to Top Junior (U18) and Senior (age 50+).
Reserve: ($$b/38): $250 - $150; ($$b/4) Top C and D/below $100 each.
$25 SACA gift certificate to Top Unrated, Top Junior (U14), and Senior (age 50+).
Booster: Trophy to 1st + $50 SACA gift certificate, Trophy to 2nd - 5th Place, Top E, Top U1000/Unr. Scholastic I and II: Trophy to 1st – 5th Place (each day).
Top player who plays both days will also receive $25 SACA gift certificate. (Scholastic I and II)
Lee LaFrese, sazchess.events@gmail.com, Phone: (520) 906-7305. W.