Chess

Updated Friday November 17, 2017 by CYC Office.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2017-2018 SEASON

Go to: www.cycstl.siplay.com

MEET SCHEDULE

December 9, 2017 - St Peter-Kirkwood

January 20, 2018 - St Margaret Mary Alacoque

February 17, 2018 - Ursuline Academy

March 10, 2018 - Vianney HS

March 24th - CBC (Finals) 

Dan Fitzgerald will be heading up this year’s program. Feel free to contact him with questions/comments.
Email:  danfitzgerald@archstl.org
Phone:  (314) 792-7255.

 

Loyola Academy Chess Tournament Schedule
 

2017 CYC CHESS SEASON

CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM STANDINGS

2nd Grade & Under 3rd & 4th Grade 5th & 6th Grade 7th & 8th Grade


CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYER RANKINGS

2nd Grade & Under 3rd & 4th Grade 5th & 6th Grade 7th & 8th Grade


TOURNAMENT QUALIFIERS

2nd Grade & Under 3rd & 4th Grade 5th & 6th Grade

7th & 8th Grade

 
PRELIM RESULTS

Dec. 3, 2016
St. Margaret Mary
Feb. 4, 2017
Duchesne H.S.
Feb. 11, 2017
Loyola Academy
Feb. 25, 2017
CBC High School
2nd Grade & Under 2nd Grade & Under 2nd Grade & Under 2nd Grade & Under
3rd & 4th Grade 3rd & 4th Grade 3rd & 4th Grade 3rd & 4th Grade
5th & 6th Grade 5th & 6th Grade 5th & 6th Grade 5th & 6th Grade
7th & 8th Grade 7th & 8th Grade 7th & 8th Grade 7th & 8th Grade

Costs:

  • Team registration is $15.00 for the season with an unlimited roster size.
  • Player registration is $11.00 per qualifier per player.
  • USCF registration, if the player is not already registered, is $9.00 for the season for players in 3rd grade and up.  We will have a limited number of the discounted $9.00 coupons.  The normal fee is $17.00.

2016-2017 Changes:

  1. We will divide the 4 & U Division in half and create a 2 & U Division players in this division will not need to register with the USCF.
  2. To improve the seeding of the matches, it was decided at the coaches meeting to register our players so we can the USCF ratings.  At the time this sounded like it was only a matter of getting player to register.  It has turned out to be more complicated.  We have to register as a club.  Our tournament director has to be registered.  The paper work and record keeping will increase.  We are now trying to revise our registration process and webpage. 
  3. More awards will be given out this year.
  4. There will be a short meeting of the judges prior to the first match.
  5. The good news is that five more parishes have expressed interest in joining the program this year.  More new players will make for better matches and more fun.
     

2016 CYC CHESS SEASON
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

4th Grade & Under 5th & 6th Grade          7th & 8th Grade

TOURNAMENT QUALIFIERS

4th Grade & Under 5th & 6th Grade         7th & 8th Grade

PRELIM RESULTS


December 5, 2015
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
 

January 16, 2016
St. Alban Roe

 

January 30, 2016
St. Dominic High School

February 13, 2016
Loyola Academy

 

7 & 8 Grade Division 7 & 8 Grade Division 7 & 8 Grade Division 7 & 8 Grade Division

5 & 6 Grade Division

5 & 6 Grade Division 5 & 6 Grade Division 5 & 6 Grade Division
4 Grade and Under Division 4 Grade & Under Division 4 Grade & Under Division

4 Grade & Under Division


GREATEST CHESS PLAYER IN HISTORY

Paul Morphy   USA (1837-1884)

Many have claimed that Paul Morphy was the greatest chess player in history, and those claims could have been proven true had he actually pursued a career in chess. After teaching himself the game as a child by watching family members play, he was considered one of the best players in New Orleans by age 9. He famously played General Winfield Scott in 1846, who thought he was being made fun of when Morphy was introduced as his opponent. Morphy went on to easily defeat him in two games, the second of which was effectively over after only 6 moves.

 At age 12, Morphy defeated the visiting Hungarian Master Johann Lowenthal in 3 matches, who initially viewed the match as a waste of time. In 1857, Morphy participated in the First American Chess Congress, which he won comfortably and was considered the champion of the United States. Too young to pursue his career in Law, Morphy traveled to Europe. By 1858, he had defeated all the English masters, except Staunton, who declined after seeing the young prodigy play.

Next he travelled to France where he easily defeated the leading European player, Adolf Andersson, despite being very ill with intestinal influenza. He won 7, lost 2 and drew 2 and was by then considered the strongest player in the world, despite being only 21.

Morphy returned home and retired from chess, only playing very occasional games. Had he pursued his career further, there is no doubt that Paul Morphy would be a contender for the number one spot all time. He was arguably the most gifted chess player to have ever lived, years ahead of his time in play and theory.

Paul Morphy is the perfect example why the CYC is starting a grade school Chess program.  Chess is a great game for all ages.  Like all sports it has many lessons to teach the young player.  Hopefully all schools and parishes will get involved and start a Chess team.  Like track, teams can be as small as one player.  At this time we are also looking at the track format with qualifying tournaments feeding into a CYC Championship Tournament.