Wednesday, January 4, 2017



Come and compete with hundreds of other scholastic players in what, once again, promises to be one of the largest and most popular tournaments on the West Coast.  This competition remains unique in the State. No other major chess event in California has competition according to age alone. The tradition in the United States is for scholastic youth tournaments where the players compete by school grades.  Most of the rest of the world uses age as the criteria for competition.

  Sunday, February 5, 2017

LOCATION:   Newark Pavilion, 6430 Thornton Avenue, Newark, CA 94560

AGE GROUPS:  4-5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 4-9 Invitational.  Age is as of February 1. You must compete in your age group.  If you have a peak rating of over USCF 1000 at time of registration and are aged 4 to 9, you are welcome to register for the 4-9 Invitational group.

REGISTRATION: Information and a link to registration at: 

COST:  $45 standard entry. $25 additional fee if registering after Friday, February 3.  If registering for the 4-9 Invitational group, entry is $55.

ROUNDS: AGES 4-5, 6, 7, 8, 9, will be at 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:15 PM & 3:30 PM--AWARDS to follow.  AGES 10, 11, 12, 13 & 4-9 INVITATIONAL will be at 9:30 AM, 12 NOON, 2:15 PM & 4:30 PM with AWARDS to follow.

  G/30, no delay for Ages 4-5, 6, 7, 8, 9.   G/61, 5 second delay, for Ages 10 thru 13.  For the 4-9 Invitational Group, the time control is G/61, 5 second delay.  

AWARDS: 10 place trophies for the 4-5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 plus trophies for all those tied at 10th place. Eight place trophies for the 12, 13, and 4-9 Invitational groups, plus those tied for 8th place.   Special Kirshner Cup for the winner of the 4-9 Invitational along with the first place trophy.

We will also award three more trophies in the 4-5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 year old groups for those who have never competed before in a rated tournament. 

Three team trophies FOR SCHOOLS and three team trophies FOR CLUBS in individual age groups 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (none in the 4-5 age level).  One team trophy FOR SCHOOLS and one team trophy FOR CLUBS in the 12, 13 and 4-9 groups.  Players can be on both the club or school teams following the CalChess rules.  All trophies will be awarded.  

Special tournament logo chess medals to all competitors that do not receive a trophy.  

If there is a tie for first place in any of the 10, 11, 12, 13, 4-9  age groups we will have a blitz playoff (5 minute chess) for the first place trophy for that age.  

All those tying for first place will be declared CalNorth Age Level Champions and a new plate will be sent to be placed on the trophy they received.  

Carl Moy,
We will use the most current rating listed in the Tournament History page of the player's U.S. Chess Federation  section.

 We will also be celebrating the 79th birthday of Dr. Alan Kirshner, the founder of this tournament.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016



Saturday, August 20, 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. Micah's son and Jennifer's daughter are both entering Kindergarten in the Fall.

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, the first of his four State Championships. It wasn't until 2008 that another First Grade student won that section. In 1990, the Weibel Chess Team won the first of its many State Championships.

Saturday, August 13, 2016


Every few years Weibel gets a family that is really into chess. The Le's are this seasons chess family. Nikko reached a high of 1455 in Second Grade and his brother Louis who is entering Kindergarten this year seems to be following in his big brother's footsteps. As a pre-schooler last spring he reached a regular rating of 500. I just received this note and photo from them: "St Louis! Chess Hall of Fame. Boys came to visit Chicago so we detoured to The Sinquefield Cup. Nikko watching the top GMs in person upstairs
Sporting their Weibel Shirts :)"

Thursday, June 30, 2016


Chess Life magazine arrived today with Weibel again receiving national attention (albeit, minor) in two articles. Weibel was noted as having a touch of an impact on the creation of Bay Area Chess as well as a nationally renowned chess program. Jorge Barrera in his article "Many Happy Returns" on the KFC All-Girls Nationals and Anupama Rajendra, three time champion, wrote: "Weibel Chess, from Fremont, California, always has a strong showing, with much enthusiasm and team pride." The Weibel School helps foster that team pride by featuring our trophies in the office at different times during the year.

Saturday, May 28, 2016


On Friday, May 27 2016, the 180 member Weibel Chess Club and Chess Team had their end of the year Awards Banquet. Loads of great food, awards, trophies and certificates for all, plus a bonus of door prizes for every student. We had another great year of chess both in learning skills and winning major tournaments. We are most proud of our sixth Girls National Championship title. This would not have been possible without all the great volunteers, our wonderful instructors, the Weibel Elementary School staff and our unbeatable students. A special call-out goes to the NorCal House of Chess for providing our trophy winners with extra prizes. The first picture you will see (I hope) is of our Under 10 Girls National Championship Team. This will be followed by the photo of Aaron Hu obtaining his MVP award. Rithwik Narendra named Rookie of the Year is next. Two players tied for the most improved players--Nikko Le and Elena Xu. Two other players received the Scott Ferguson Memorial Scholarship financial reward and plaques--Stanley Ko and Zayaan Khan. This award has been provide by Scott's parent's since his untimely death in 1994. The recipient is that individual that most represents the Weibel Chess program of developing a love of chess, fun through chess, high academic achievement and is just an all around great person. The final photographs are the winners of the Club and Team trophies for having obtained the most extra credit points during the 2015-2016 chess year.