Chess Tournament March 2, 2024
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Started by metmike - Dec. 11, 2023, 10:36 p.m.

We're looking forward to another wonderful year!

Look for regular updates at this thread, including the list of entries. Since most will be arriving by mail, it may take a week for some names to be listed.

Last years tournament:

North Jr. High Spring Scholastic Chess Tournament

Saturday, March 2, 2024

 North Junior High School, 15325 HighWay 41 N., Evansville, IN 47725


Individual  AWARDS

*1st and under; Top 12 get trophies

*3rd and under: Top 25 get trophies

* 6th and under: Top 40 get trophies

* 8th and under: Top 8 get trophies

*12th and under: Top 14 get trophies

*2-26-2024 We added an additional 25 trophies, now at 99 trophies, thanks to the generosity of Signature High School/Brian WOODS, who played chess at Oak Hill and NJH(others there, like Parth Patel played at McCutchanville/NJH) . He/they had a fund raiser to contribute back to an organization that meant a great deal to him/them growing up!

Their chess COACH, Aaron Ethridge actually played chess for us at Scott/Oak Hill Middle School and NHS 2 decades ago!


This is an individual Tournament but we take the top 3 scores for each school in each division.

•Top 3 School trophies per section, top 4 scores used per School•Minimum of 3 players to make up a team.

• 4-6 rounds anticipated for all sections. No one is eliminated.

•Players meeting at 9:00 AM•

Rd.1 Starts at 9:20 AM following rounds begin ASAP.

•Entry fee : $10 per player by March 1st, 2023: late entries $12 if space allows.

•On-Site registration must be there BEFORE 8:45 AM. Call or email to confirm availability. Tournament limited to first 200 registrants. Food available on site. Pizza, starting 11am.


 Mike Maguire,, 812-454-1675; 812-867-0975

 Craig Hines,, 812-423-2996.————————————————————————————————————


Player`s  name__________________________________________________

Player`s School_______________________________   Player's Grade_____

Section: 3rd and under_______ 6th and under_______8th and under______12th and under_____

Parent/Coach Name___________________________________________________

Phone:(_____)______________________ email_______________________________


Please MAIL the information above and a $10 payment/check to Craig Hines, 613 North Park Dr, Evansville, IN., 47710

This is a non USCF rated tournament.

Students may be able to get a bye if they're leaving early or leaving for an hour during the tournament and coming back. You must let us know 15 minutes BEFORE the pairings for the round that you'll miss.

*Deadline for my students at Scott, Oak Hill, McCutchanville, NJH and NHS to sign up with me is February 20th.

By metmike - Dec. 11, 2023, 11:02 p.m.
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We will try to  constantly update the list of those entered below:

Last year, we had:

1. 53 students in the 3rd and under division.

2. 58 students in the 6th and under division.

3. 17 students in the 8th and under division.

4. 34 students in the 12th and under division.

5. Total signed up =162 students


Entries received thru MARCH 1-5pm. Current total 148.

12th and under

1. Norah Ahmed, EDS

2. Hayden Devine-9, NHS

3. Isaac Jones-9-NHS

4. Kaidin Bettes -9-R

5. Darren Kuehn-10-R

6.  Vir Patel-10-NHS

7. Taylor Morgan-10-NHS

8. Brian Lee-12-SIG NAME CHANGE TO Brian Woods

9. Anderson Fish-11-EDS

10. Nicholas Fish-10-EDS

11. Tyler Beckerle-10-R

12. Greta Griffin-11-EDS

13. Ryan Houston-12-NHS

14. Zach Eliot-R

15. Chad Mullinax-10-NHS

16. Thinh Nguyen-12-NHS

17. Attalia Wolf-9-Mt. Vernon HS

8th and under

1. Bentley Lingo-7-NJH  Corrected the spelling of his first name

 2. Levi Cuttrel, HS

3. Maddox Jones-8-NJH

4. Kaden Wilson-8-NJH

5. Purab Patel-8-NJH

6. Kylie Davis-7-NJH

7. Charley May-MVJH

8. Elliot Piekos-7-Good Shephard

9. Charles Baker-Helfrich Park

10. Xavier Lacer-Helfrich Park

11. Ian Clodfelter-Helfrich Park

12. Aden McLaughlin-8 Plaza Park

13. Allie Devine-7-HS

6th and under

1. Josiah Wickhersham-, EC-WITHDRAWN

2. Gabe Dart-4, O

3. Jaxon Eason-4, O

4. Austin Devine-4, HS

5. Braydon Kapp-4, O

6. Wyatt Santini-4, M

7. Braxtyn Woodard-6, M

8. Luke Williamson-6, M

9. Isaiah Shelton-4, O

10. Shiv Patel-5, M

11.  Jacob Reis-4, M

12.  Jacob Aurand-6-S-WITHDRAWN

13. Max LeBoube-5-S

14. Ellie Bootz-4-M

15. Oliver Briles-5-M

16. Brendan Strickland-6-M-WITHDRAWN

17. Max Dowdy-5-M

18. Veer Patel-6-M

19. Kendon Horn-5-S

20. Isaiah Matthews-5-M

21. Samuel Kaufman-5-S

22. Samantha Hubbard-H

23. Luke Heile-H

24. Mason Posey-Indian Creek

25. Owen Shelton-6-S

26. Hudson Lipscomb-4-M

27. Andrew Scherer-5-S

28. Ethan Russell-4-O

29. Matthew Ethridge-4-M

30. Will Weatherwax-4-M

31. Levi Johson-5-HS

32. Parker Mallow-4-M

33. Kael Winn-6-M

34. Elijah Wilson-5-S

35. XXXX Elsner-5-Resurrection

36. Atharva Manojkumar-5-Newburgh Elem.

37.  Isaac Ball-C

38. Waylon McDonald-C

39. Noah Jameson-C

40. Cael Higgins-C

41. Jack Skeels-C

42. Weston Wallace-C

43. Leo Wolf-C

44. Eli Bolin-6-O

45. Ayden Dunn-4-M

46. Madelyn Stearman-5-M

47. Riley Bobbit-5-M

48. Henry Eisler-H-MY MISTAKE?Removed.

49. Eli Hildenbrand-H

50. Jacob Sapp-Good Shephard

51. Noah Smith-Corpus Christi

52. Bane Devoy-EDS

53. Aadesh Palanibalan-4-John H Castle

54.  James Kulikovich-6-S

55. Dhanvin Kancharla-4-Chandler

56. Liam Stevens-4-EDS

57. Ayan Reddy-4-Chandler

58. Krissy Devine-5-HS

59. Andrew Burczyk-4-M

60. Chance Davis-6

61. Colt Lewis-6-M..................THIS STUDENT IS IN GRADE K...removed

62. Jaden Williams-4

63. Trivdev Shanker-4-Chandler

64. Kavin Ravichandran-4-Chandler

65. Zade Wolf-5-Marrs

66. Sophia Barenfanger-5-OH

67. Roman Schmitt-4-OH

3rd and under

1. Oliver Ahmed, EDS

2. Ethien Temple-3, O

3. AJ Hall-3, S

4. Benny Wilson-3, O

5. Aiden Santini-3, M

6. Logan Matheson-1, M

7. Rudr Patel-2, M

8. Caleb Reis-1, M

9. Vivian Aurand-3, S

10. Jacklyn Sparling-1, M-WITHDRAWN 3-1

11. Isabella Sparling-3, M

12. Graham Briles-3-M

13. Kate Kaufman-2-S

14. Lillian Kightly-3-O

15. Cooper Kleist-K-M

16. Christopher Kleist-2-M

17. Oliver Lipscomb-2-M

18. Jacob Ethridge-3-M

19.  Ezra Eastham-1-M

20. Brantley Myers-3-O

21. Nathan Russell-1-O

22. Thomas Johnson-2-HS

23. Abram Johnson-K-HS

24. Eden Warren-2-O

25. Victoria Warren-K-O

26. Gabe Hirsch-3-O

27. Aarav Patel-3-M

28. Paxton Winn-2-M

29. Elliott Coudret-1-M

30. Elija Griffith-3-S............CORRECTED SPELLING

31. Riley Ball-C

32. Hampton Langley-C

33. Ben Schnautz-C

34. Lucas Jackson-C

35. Eli Rexing-C

36. Alexis Beckerle-C

37. Rivers Morris-C

38. Reid Wallace-1-C

39. Clark Jackson-1-C

40. Duke Soderling-1-M

41. Ethan Read-3-M

42. Moses Barber-EDS

43. Finnick Devoy-K-EDS

44. Abhiram Maddela-1-St. Richards

45. Alton Elshoff-Holland

46. Nicholas Jones-3-M

47. Gavin Walden-2-S

48. Bennett Gardner-3-M

49. Jonah Jones-3-Montessori

50. Theo Emig-3-St.Bens

51. William Skipper-3-St. Bens

52. Danny Tripec-1-Montesorri

53. Eddy Tripec-K-Montessori

54. Ben DeLong-2-O

55. Pierce Colbert-3-O

56. COLT LEWIS-K-M-moved from 6th and under on 3-1-24 belong here

57. Lennox McCormick-Corpus Christi

S=Scott Elem  O=Oak Hill Elem  M=McCutchanville Elem

NJH=North Junior High  NHS=North High School 

 HS=Home School  T=Thompkins MS  R=Reitz HS  EDS=Evansville Day School

 MVJH=Mt. Vernon JH   C=Cynthia Heights Elem

SIG=Signature HS  CHS=Central High School  EC=Evansville Christian


Last year, the majority of students came from these local schools above. However, students from other schools are extremely welcome, even from other states.

Last year, this student came the farthest distance to play:  23. Allison Fish-12-Massachusetts

By metmike - Dec. 11, 2023, 11:06 p.m.
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Meet our TD, Craig Hines. Retired middle school science teacher with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corportation. 

Craig was inducted into the Indiana State Chess Association's Hall of Fame in 2022!

Only 8 other individuals in Indiana chess  history have been given that prestigious award.

Hall of Fame Plaque

Archives - Indiana State Chess AssociationImage result for craig hines chess hall of fame

You might wonder...........what's a TD?

Here's an explanation from the US Chess Federation for USCF rated events, like many of the ones that Craig has been doing for years. 

Our tournament above is NOT USCF rated and especially encourages beginners. Well over half the students playing will be at their first tournament.

Tournament Director Certification Standards

By metmike - Dec. 11, 2023, 11:15 p.m.
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Meet my Dad, who still plays skillful chess(barely) at age 98. I give him my queen to start and we have some great battles.

He doesn't have any great chess world achievements to his credit..........except that he  taught his son(me) to play chess in 1966 because he wanted to share a fun game with the son that he loves......... and look what happened.

Never underestimate your seemingly limited power to have a positive impact on other individuals that blossoms into something much greater because that person passes it on and amplifies it in their encounters with new people!

Father teaches son chess, son teaches thousands of children

Never too old to learn new tricks

Frank Maguire, 90, plays a game of chess in his west Dearborn home. The nonagenarian taught his son, Mike, to play 50 years ago, and Mike in turn has taught scores of students the game as a chess coach in Indiana. Elizabeth Barbieri -- For The Press & Guide

The last link with my Dad's story came from world renowned, Susan Polgar's site!

Susan Polgar (born April 19, 1969, as Polgár Zsuzsanna and often known as Zsuzsa Polgár) is a Hungarian-American chess grandmaster. Polgár was Women's World Chess Champion from 1996 to 1999. On FIDE's Elo rating system list of July 1984, at the age of 15, she became the top-ranked female chess player in the world. In 1991, she became the third woman to be awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE. She won eleven medals at the Women's Chess Olympiad (4 gold, 4 silver, and 3 bronze).

Also a trainer, writer and promoter, Polgar sponsors various chess tournaments for young players and is the head of the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) at Webster University. She served as the Chairperson or co-chair of the FIDE Commission for Women's Chess from 2008 until late 2018

By metmike - Dec. 11, 2023, 11:24 p.m.
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Compilation of wonderful educational chess videos/links. Please share this with other chess lovers!

Hundreds of principles/strategies to help students. From beginners to advanced players.

                Chess videos for improving skills

By metmike - Dec. 11, 2023, 11:30 p.m.
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I'm blessed to be a member of the Scholastic Chess of Indiana board.

Working together with some very talented, like minded adults that are leading the state of Indiana in promoting scholastic chess and keeping our young people actively engaged in competitive chess. 

This is our main page:

This is our next tournament:

2024 Scholastic Chess of Indiana Individual Championships

This was a wonderful video conducted by 2 of our board members, Bill Pilate, our president and James Dean that runs the states K-12 Canterbury Chess Club POWERHOUSE!

The SCI has a number of awesome tournaments and information. Their main page:

By metmike - Dec. 11, 2023, 11:35 p.m.
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There's more to life than just chess:

By metmike - Feb. 12, 2024, 12:34 a.m.
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By cutworm - March 3, 2024, 9:44 a.m.
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Mike, Please post the results of your chess tournament.

By metmike - March 3, 2024, 2:41 p.m.
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Thanks cutworm!

It's was a huge success once again!

I'll pass on the entire results when I get the chance!