August 27, 2023
SDCC AUGUST SCHOLASTIC
SDCC AUGUST SCHOLASTIC went terrific with 108 players. As the last few large tournaments, we had zero no-shows. Everyone who wanted to cancel sent us emails. We are always amazed with how responsible all the families are! Thank you for that. The tournament directors were Irina Nizmutdinova, Jim Harrell, Jonathan Frye and Jason Nunez. Jonathan mainly worked in the Open and U800 sections while Jason helped U300 and U600 sections. Jim Harrell took care of pairings, and Irina did a bit of everything.
The tournament has been rated, and you can see it on USCF website: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?202308272672.0.
To see tie breaks and pairings on CaissaChess site: https://caissachess.net/live/3069.
108 players showed up and played in 4 sections. It was nice to see families driving from other towns to participate in our event. It’s an honor!
Before the first round began Jonathan and Jason talked about general tournament rules and expectations. With so many brand new players coming into U300 and U600 it was important to go over the expected behavior during tournament (ex: not talking to their opponent, not making noise etc), as well as basic tournament rules (touch move, touch capture, using the clocks etc).
And finally, our U300 section! Many new unrated players are starting in this section and getting their very first tournament experience. It is truly fascinating to see them grow so fast from U300 into upper sections and graduating from scholastic at one point. 35 players total (our largest section as it’s truly a starting point in a scholastic chess journey. James Macmillan and Renae Chen both had a perfect score of 4 out of 4 with James getting the first place award on tie breaks. Thaman Movva, Salim Lamouri, Anoushka Silva, Meja Hibbert, Yoel Dalisay, Agniv Das and Dhruv Hota all scoring 3 out of 4 but getting 3rd through 9th places respectively. U300 awards followed the same pattern as U600 awards.