2023 Winter Scholastic
SDCC 2023 WINTER SCHOLASTIC overwhelmed with 115 players who played in 4 sections, 4 games of G30d5. The event went very smooth from 12 to 4:30 pm. This is by far our largest scholastic turnout since we reopened the scholastic tournaments in December of 2021. We have officially beaten our 2022 November Scholastic record of 114 players. In addition, we have beaten our record of no-shows, as we had NONE. All the kids were paired prior to coming in to the club that day using CaissaChess Live cloud based Tournament Directing software. All players received text notifications with their opponent's name, board number and color of pieces. It looked something like that:
When they came to the club around 11:45, they just needed to find their board number.
Special thanks to our volunteers: Jonathan Frye, Jason Nunez, Mario Amodeo, Chuck Ensey, David Saponara, Jim Harrell and Kathryn Mokhov. They took care of all the tiny details from cleaning the place, preparing the tables, getting all kids situated with boards and clocks, answering all questions kids and parents had, solving chess disputes, and many other things.
We were a bit worried about the weather and the rain but the weather turned out to be ok. The Open section played in the Skittles room while the U800/U500/U300 sections occupied the main tournament hall.