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Points, Promotions & Letters

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Our students earn points for chess-related endeavors: attending tournaments, mastering concepts and completing homework.  For every 50 points, they receive a candy reward. 
 
Working on chess knowledge and tactics allows them to promote to new levels of expertise.  Below is a list and explanation of Points and Promotion.  (We make changes to this list periodically.)
 
We also offer letters in chess to our high school players.  For additional information, see below:

LEVEL
KNOWLEDGE
 
NEW MEMBER
 

Club Rules, Good Sportsmanship, Chess Knowledge

 
PAWN
 
Touch move, promotion, castling, en passant, etiquette & history
 
SQUIRE
 
Touch move, promotion, castling, en passant, etiquette & history
 
KNIGHT
 
Notation, piece values, kibitz, stalemate, basic checkmates
 
SWORDSMAN
 
Notation, piece values, kibitz, stalemate, basic checkmates
 
BISHOP
 
Draws, variants, pins, forks, skewers, attacks, discovered check, traps
 
ARCHER
 
Draws, variants, pins, forks, skewers, attacks, discovered check, traps
 
ROOK
 
Common mistakes, queen trades, vision, 10 golden rules, game review
 
DRAGON
 
Vocabulary, clocks, trading pieces, "13 steps to success" by Bruce Pandolfini
 
WARRIOR
 
Vocabulary, clocks, trading pieces, "13 steps to success" by Bruce Pandolfini
 
KING
 
Center development, pawns, tempo, common endings, advanced puzzles
 
CROWN
 
Under promotion, decoys, blocks, sacrifices, forcing stalemate, knights tour

POINTS
ACTIVITIES
1 POINT

Complete homework, help set up/clean up, bring a game, solve a puzzle

2 POINTS
Hand notated game 20+ moves, attend tournament, help new person
3 POINTS
Attend chess club
5 POINTS
Memorize opening, team trophy, special event, 4th place or 3+ wins
10 POINTS
Knights tour, 3rd place award, Tactic Section or Perfect Tactic Test Score
15 POINTS
2nd place trophy, Complete Tactics Program
20 POINTS
1st place award (20 points), 3rd place overall (25 points)
30 POINTS
2nd place overall (30), 1st place overall (35), Sportsmanship (40)
50 POINTS
Bring Friend, Finish Card/Promote, 200 Point rating jump
100 POINTS
Top 100 list - USCF Ratings Supplement (each issue)
Family organized fundraiser
VARIES
Test (100=10) (95=8) (90=6), etc.
One point for every dollar received when participating in a fundraiser,
calculated on time spent helping.
 
NOTES

 

The way we award points may change as the need arises. 

It's each club members responsibility to make sure that they receive the right number of points each week.

Extra points may be awarded for special effort. Students may not ask for points.

You must actually do the work for the point.  It's great to help each other, but if you receive help from someone or see/overhear the answer, don't ask to receive points for that puzzle or worksheet, etc. 

If anyone is caught cheating the system, they will have to report to a jury of their peers and may lose all of the points they have earned so far.

No points are given for fast, Blitz or Lightning games. (anything shorter than 25/5)

Points are given for games played within the last week.  If you miss club meetings, you may receive credit for games from a previous week.  

If you ever have any questions about the points or how it works, ask Kate!

For every 50 points, you will receive a special edible prize!

Points may also be used to divide up our Nationals Funds (If money is available).  For more information on how these funds are disbursed click here

Points may not be donated to other club members.

At the end of the chess club year (June 30) all points over 50 are cleared out.

Last updated 11/18/2009

ACTIVITY
REQUIREMENTS
PINS
 
PIECE                      Promotion Levels
BOARD PIN           Compete on the A team at the state tournament
MVP                         Most valuable player, decided by teammates
CAPTAIN            Decided by rating, team mates and leadership ability
TOP 100                 Make the top 100 list for USCF
CROWN              Reach the Crown level on the blue cards
 
LETTERS
In order to letter in chess, High School students must earn 175 points
(125 required / 50 elective)
 
Tournament Play..........................    2 points   (min=10/max=30)
Win Tournament Games................    2 points   (min=20/max=50)
Drawn Tournament Games.............    1 point    (min=0/max=10)
Endgame Practice (Tactics).............   .10 point  (min=30/max=50)
Tactical Practice.............................  .10 point   (min=30/max=50)
Practice Games - G60 computer.......   1 point    (min=10/max=50)
Attend State Tournament................   10 points (min=10/max=10)
Club Points (blue card)...................   varies      (min=0/max=20)
Mentor an intermediate player.........   15 points (min=15/max=30)
Play as a member of the chess team
Bonus points for winning games at state (use multiplier)
 
     Board      A     B
         1       4.5    3.5
         2       4       3
         3       3.5    2.5
         4       3       2
         5       2.5    1.5
 
 
Each student who letters in Chess will receive the following:
  • A chess letter for their jacket or bag.
  • A letter of recommendation from the chess club coach.
  • A certificate of Outstanding Performance.
  • For each subsequent letter requirement reached during high school,  students will receive bronze, silver and gold stars.

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