Saturday, September 28, 2019

WEIBEL CHESS CLUB NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 28, 2019



While our Team increased a few players our Club lost players.  Last year we had lost a total of 30 player in Club and Team last year.   The 2019 Club has 85 players, a decrease of 10 from the2018 Club.  With Team gaining nine players the net loss is one player.  So I was thrilled that I would not have to make drastic cuts in the budget as a did last year.  The n came the ugly new from the School District.  The Fremont Community Services Director made a decision, despite it being retroactive to charge all PTO programs and run by volunteers to charge facility fees.

 If the Fremont Unified School District goes through with a retroactive policy to charge us through our sponsor, the PTO, for the use of facilities, I will not be able to restore anything of the things from last year’s budget cuts.   If the FUSD does not rescind the extra charges, that were not put into effect until two weeks ago, there will be a budget shortfall of between $5,000 and $15,000. Of course, unless we removed all classrooms and only used the MU, this would destroy our program. Imagine 80 plus kids all in the MUR with 7 loud teachers taking at the same time.  Ahhh.  At this moment with our PTO President,  Sharon Kwok, and a former PTO President, Fahria Khan, attempting to identify to the District their unfair and likely illegal retroactive charges, I am optimistic.

STATS:  Of the 85 members 39 are girls..  We only have 2 Kindergarten students in the Club, down from 8. This drop may be due to all Kindergarten classes being early bird this year..  BY GRADE:  1st = 16 2nd = 21 3rd = 17 4th = 13 5th = 9 6th = 7

CONFUSED OR CURIOUS ABOUT OUR CURRICULM?
I ordered the T-shirts and will order the parents polo shirts next week.  I only order the number of T-shirts for those who get them gratis, those that joined for the year and for those that ordered them extra. I do order two extra in each size in case the parent ordered the wrong size. Requesting a change in the initial order size may not be possible if the two extra are already exchanged unless the one of the exchanged shirts fit
KEEP IN MIND:
1) The children start chess promptly at 2:55 in the MUR.                                

2)  Students are dismissed from the MUR at 4:25 PM.  However students in Amy’s Raw Beginner class are picked up on stage in the MUR.  Beginners in Kevin’s class are picked up outside of Room 13. .  I will send a notice home to the parents of children in the latter two classes.

3)  No parent nor anyone designated on our list to pick up their child may do so before 4:25 PM without advance notice. Please do not enter the MUR until 4:25 PM.

4) All players must leave through the doors leading to the upper/staff parking lot.  No student can exit back into the school or be on school property after chess unless they are in an afterschool program that meets on the campus.
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES:  2:55 util 4:25pm\

E-MAILS TO CONTACT OUR INSTRUCTORS:

Demetrius Goins:  coachdemetrius@gmail.com
Bada Norovasambuu: bada.n0524@gmail.com
Jason Cruz: jacruz04@yahoo.com
Alan Kirshner: Alan@WeibelChess.org
Clarence Jones: arencejones@gmail.com

Our instructors are always willing to answer your questions and provide you with information on your child’s progress,

CHESS MAGNET SCHOOLI still need to set-up for Chess Magnet School for this year placing each student in their class and provide their nicknames. I plan on e-mailing a list of Nicknames and Passwords for ChessMagnetSchool.com.  Those that had Chess Magnet School  previously will use the same Nicknames and Passwords.  Doing puzzles here are optional and students will get one extra point for each ten puzzles.
OPTIONAL CHESS TOURNAMENT AT WEIBEL ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5. http://www.CalNorthYouthChess.org/FallQuads19-GP

RATINGS AND RANKINGS:

For those of you new to Weibel Chess this year, let me try and explain our ranking system.  Players get points for playing chess, doing homework, attending tournaments and at the discretion of their teacher.  The children get 3 points when they win a game, 2 points for a draw and 1 point for a loss.  These points are doubled when they play in a United States Chess Federation Tournament.  When they obtain a specific amount of points they obtain a title.  For example, after obtaining 8 points they are a Pawn. At the end of the year we have an awards ceremony/banquet.  All players will receive trophies and a certificate with  their current title.  The top 5 point winners will receive special trophies.

Each week, after the first month,—unless my schedule prevents it—I will update the points and the ranking sheets. Please be sure your child brings home a sheet each week.  I often post little notes to the parents on these sheets.  Every few weeks I will send a copy of the point sheet home via e-mail.

Please do not confuse the points a player receives or his/her rating with the level.  Every few weeks I send a copy home via e-mail.  Skill levels are based only upon the class the student attends or the rating they receive when entering U.S. Chess Federation tournaments.  I will ask our instructors every six weeks or so to inform me if a student should be moved up or moved down a level.  Our initial placement was based mainly on the information your provided me about their skill level.

  
Please be sure to check out the Weibel Chess website: http://www.WeibelChess.org.  We also have a blog. If you would like to receive notice of what is new on the blog, please sign on there: http://www.weibelchess.org/   I will be placing this Newsletter on our blog.  We  also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Weibel-Chess-213022428884018/timeline/
SOME RESOURCES:
If you have a child from 3 to 5 who you would like to learn chess this new program is just the thing.  I bought it for my 3 ½ year old granddaughter.  She loves it when her 8 year old brother reads it to her and works with the pieces:

If your child knows the basics these books by Sabrina Chevannes who is a Women’s International Master who lives in London.  I met her a few times when she taught summer classes at the NorCal House of Chess.  She is an amazingly creative teacher
                                           

For the child that knows chess:

Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess, Stuart Margulies, 1982 (New students who came to the New to Team Orientation received a copy.)

Everyone’s Second Book of Chess, 2018 Edition, Dan Heisman

Chess Tactics for Champions, 2006, Susan Polgar

50 Poison Pieces, 2017,  Lauren Goodkind

A First Book of Morphy, 2006 Frisco Del  Rosario




Shoreview Chess in Fremont near Pacific Common

NorCal House of Chess also in Fremont

http://www.ChessMagnetSchool.com supplied to all Team and Club members/
MISCELLANEOUS:
Please be sure to check out the Weibel Chess website: http://www.WeibelChess.org.  We also have a blog. If you would like to receive notice of what is new on the blog, please sign on there: http://www.weibelchess.org/   I will be placing this Newsletter on our blog.  We  also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Weibel-Chess-213022428884018/timeline/

OUR TUESDAY CLUB LAST YEAR:

 


 











Sunday, September 22, 2019

WEIBEL CHESS TEAM NEWSLETTER #1



WELCOME TO OUR NATIONALLY RENOWNED WEIBEL CHESS TEAM:

OUR TEAM PLAYERS AS OF THIS WRITING (September 22, 2019)

I am pleased to report that after two years of  a decrease in chess players to our Team, this year we increased.  Granted, the number wasn’t near the 96 players we had three years ago.  Last year we had 76 members and this year we are starting with 79 players.  However, the Club, which does not start to Tuesday, continues to decline in the numbers. I believe we will have 80 members this year.

 If the Fremont Unified School District goes through with a retroactive policy to charge us through our sponsor, the PTO, for the use of facilities, I will not be able to restore a few of the things, I had to cut from the budget last year.  If the FUSD does not rescind the extra charges that were not put into effect until last week, there will be a budget shortfall of between $5,000 and $15,000. At this moment with our PTO President,  Sharon Kwok, and a former PTO President, Fahria Khan, attempting to identify to the District their unfair and likely illegal retroactive charges, I am optimistic.

This year we have 30 new players on our Team.  Of these members 20 are girls and 59 are boys.  We only have 2 Kindergarten players and one is from Leitch.  BY GRADE:  1st = 14 2nd = 16 3rd = 14 4th = 13 5th = 11 6th = 8 7th & 8th = 1       We do have 14 Horner students returning to help our K-2 Team and some of them will be playing in our Varsity Division when they finish their teaching.

K-2 Team in training =13  NOVICE TEAM = 29 JUNIOR VARSITY TEAM = 17 VARSITY TEAM = 20

CONFUSED OR CURIOUS ABOUT OUR CURRICULM?

REMEMBER that your child must have completed his first chess tournament by October 21.  Any U.S.C.F. tournament completed after June 1st does count towards the required five.  You can use the FALL WEIBEL CHESS QUADS to complete this requirement. The first one is on October 5 in the Weibel MUR.  Information:  http://www.CalNorthYouthChess.org/Applications/FallQuads19-GP.  You can find other tournaments at http://www.CalNorthYouthChess.org/Tournaments.html 
http://calchess.org/scholastic_calendar.html

KEEP IN MIND:

1) The children start chess promptly at 2:55 in the MUR.                                
2)  K-2 Team, Novice and Junior Varsity will be dismissed from the MUR at 4:45 PM. No parent nor anyone designated on our list to pick up their child may do so before 4:45 PM without advance notice. Varsity players are done at 5:30.  They cannot leave until 5:30 whether they have finished their games or not. If a child completes a game early they must go over them with one of our instructors. .                                      
3) All players must leave through the doors leading to the upper/staff parking lot.  No student can exit back into the school or be on school property after chess unless they are in an afterschool program that meets on the campus.

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES:  VARSITY TEAM ATTENDS FROM 2:55 TO 5:30 PM  - Players in K-3 who have U.S.C.F. ratings above 800 and those players with ratings above 1000 are on Varsity.  All other Team members arrive ay 2:55 and leave at 5:30 PM sharp.

E-MAILS TO CONTACT OUR INSTRUCTORS:
GM Enrico Servillano: enricosevillano@yahoo.com
Demetrius Goins:  coachdemetrius@gmail.com
Frisco DelRosario: friscodelrosario@gmail.com
Bada Norovasambuu: bada.n0524@gmail.com
Jason Cruz: jacruz04@yahoo.com
Alan Kirshner: Alan@WeibelChess.org
HOMEWORK:
Starting in three week all players must do homework. Translation—the first homework is due on Friday, October 11.  All players, but Kindergarten, will notate their games. K-2 Team (minus K), Novice and Junior Varsity will only need to write 10 moves to start.  They will expand to more moves in a few weeks. The Varsity players must record their complete game. Varsity players must annotate their games (comment on the moves) this must be placed in a computer and turned in the next Friday or e-mailed to me.  Novice & JV players will start this practice in the second semester. 
I still have to pay for Chess Magnet School for this year and then set up each student in their class and provide their nicknames. I plan on e-mailing a list of Nicknames and Passwords for ChessMagnetSchool.com.  Those that had one previously will use the same Nicknames and Passwords.  Players are to do the number of problems appropriate for their status: new to Team do 30 a week, on Team before 20 per week..  If the problems/puzzles are taking more than two hours during the week, let me know & I will consider reducing the number.  I will also be providing you with the passwords for Chesshomework.com. Any work done there is extra credit.  Our highest skilled players can receive a password for ChessLecture.com.  They will watch videos & report what they learned as well as to critique the video lectures.  Parents will receive a warning if their child has not done their homework. They must make it up.  If they do not or there is a second warning the child will be suspended for a minimum of one week. If they get suspended three times they will be removed from the chess team.
I hope to have a parent meeting for all the girls’ parents and one for all parents in the near future.  The girls meeting will be to discuss the All-Girls Nationals.  The full parent meeting is to respond directly to questions about the program.


RATINGS AND RANKINGS:

For those of you new to Weibel Chess this year, let me try and explain our ranking system.  Players get points for playing chess, doing homework, attending tournaments and at the discretion of their teacher.  The children get 3 points when they win a game, 2 points for a draw and 1 point for a loss.  These points are doubled when they play in a United States Chess Federation Tournament.  When they obtain a specific amount of points they obtain a title.  For example, after obtaining 8 points they are a Pawn. At the end of the year we have an awards ceremony/banquet.  All players will receive trophies and a certificate with  their current title.  The top 5 point winners will receive special trophies. Each week, after the first month,—unless my schedule prevents it—I will update the points and the ranking sheets. Please be sure your child brings home a sheet each week.  I often post little notes to the parents on these missiles.  Every few weeks I will send a copy of the point sheet home via e-mail.

Please do not confuse the points a player receives or his/her rating with the level.  Skill levels are based only upon the class the student attends or the rating they receive when entering U.S. Chess Federation tournaments. 

MISCELLANEOUS:
I will order the T-shirts and parents polo shirts next week.  I need to get a count from the Club that starts on Tuesday first..  I only order the number of T-shirts for those who get them gratis, those that   joined for the year and for those that ordered them extra. I do order two extra in each size in case the parent ordered the wrong size. Requesting a change in the initial order size may not be possible if the two extra are already exchanged unless the one of the exchanged shirts fit.
Please be sure examine the Weibel Chess website: http://www.WeibelChess.org.  We also have a blog. If you would like to receive notice of what is new on the blog, please sign on there. http://www.weibelchess.org/   I will be placing this Newsletter on our blog.  We  also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Weibel-Chess-213022428884018/timeline/
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES:  VARSITY TEAM ATTENDS FROM 2:55 TO 5:30 PM  - Players in K-3 who have U.S.C.F. ratings above 800 anf 4-6 players with ratings above 1000 are on Varsity.  All other Team members arrive ay 2:55 and leave at 5:30 PM sharp. 
SOME RESOURCES FOR NEW MEMBERS TO TEAM:

Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess, Stuart Margulies, 1982 (New students who came to the New to Team Orientation received a copy.)

Everyone’s Second Book of Chess, 2018 Edition, Dan Heisman

Chess Tactics for Champions, 2006, Susan Polgar

A First Book of Morphy, 2006 Frisco Del  Rosario




Shoreview Chess in Fremont near Pacific Common

NorCal House of Chess also in Fremont

http://www.ChessMagnetSchool.com supplied to all Team and Club members/


DATES TO REMEMBER:

OCTOBER 21:                                        FIRST TOURNAMENT COMPLETED (YOUR CHOICE)

NOVEMBER 16 and/or 17:         CALCHESS GRADE LEVEL:       EXPECTED ATTENDENCE BY TOP 4 PLAYERS IN EACH GRADE BY RATING.  I WILL CHECK RATINGS AT END OF NOVEMBER.  THIS WILL COUNT TOWARDS FIVE IF YOUR CHILD IS SELECTED.  IF NOT SELECTED CHILD SHOULD ONLY ATTEND NON-GRADE LEVEL SECTIONS.

NOVEMBER 25:                                   SECOND TOURAMENT COMPLETED (YOUR CHOICE)

NOVEMBER 23-DEC 2                     THANKSGIVING BREAK

DECEMBER 20-JAN 5:                     WINTER BREAK

JANUARY 6:                                            THIRD TOURNAMENT COMPLETED-KINDERGARTEN TEAM #1 (YOUR CHOICE)

FEBRUARY 2:                                        CALNORTH AGE LEVEL RECOMMENDED FOR ALL—HELD IN NEWARK

FEBRUARY 3:                                        FOURTH TOURNAMENT COMPLETED (YOUR CHOICE)-KINDERGARTEN TEAM #2 (YOUR CHOICE)

MARCH 7 (TENTATIVE):             ALL-GIRLS STATE LEVEL GIRLS TOURNAMENT – ALL GIRLS REQUIRED TO ATTEND OR MAY BE REMOVED FROM CHESS.  WILL COUNT FOR FIVE REQUIRED.

MARCH 9:                                                FIFTH TOURNAMENT COMPLETED (YOUR CHOICE)-KINDERGARTEN TEAM #3 (YOUR CHOICE).  IF NOT DONE PERMANENT REMOVAL FROM CHESS

MARCH 14 and/or 15                      CALCHESS SCHOLASTIC STATES REQUIRED OF ALL PLAYERS.  WILL BE REMOVED FROM TEAM IF DO NOT ATTEND WITH SUFFICIENT NOTIFICATION AND APPROVAL.

APRIL 10 to Apr 19:                          SPRING BREAK

MAY 23                                                      LAST DAY OF CHESS AND AWARDS CEREMONIES (3 to 5:30 PM)


OUR FIRST CHESS TEAM AT STATES AND THREE OF THE MEMBERS OF THAT TEAM IN 2016

 
The first Weibel Chess Team, 1989, on the left and on the right that same group in 2016. From left to right: Micah Fisher-Kirshner (1st Grade), Jennifer Cheung (2nd Grade), Alan Kirshner, Ratham Kumarappan (1st Grade), Tov Fisher-Kirshner (Kindergarten). Ratham died in a car accident that summer while visiting India--a horrid end for a wonderful young child. Micah & Jennifer live across the street from each other in the Glenmoor District of Fremont.  The Team took fourth place in the K-3 Championship Section. We were thrilled. Tov is proud of his big brother as you can see his finger pointing first. Micah won the K-3 Championship Section that first year and began the association of the name Weibel with chess.    In 1990, the Weibel Chess Team won the first of its many State Championships.