I would like to take a moment of everyone's time to highlight the conduct and ethics expected from players, coaches, sponsors and parents at all USCF sanctioned chess tournaments. This information should be common sense but I feel the need to repeat it for everyone's benefit. At a recent, Valley tournament there was an incident which brings this subject to the forefront. An attempt was made to prearrange a draw result before an important title game was to be played. The result would help determine whether or not players would qualify for a lucrative prize. The arrangement was attempted by a coach and NOT the players.
This is what the USCF Rule Book - 5th edition, has to say:
14B6. Premature or Prearranged draws. It is unethical and unsporting to agree to a draw before a serious contest has begun. The same is true of all arrangements to prearrange game results. In case of clear violations of the moral principles of the game, penalties should be imposed at the director's discretion. See also 20L. Manipulating results.
20L Manipulating Results. Collusion to fix or throw games, whether before or during the game, in order to manipulate prize money, title norms, ratings, or for any other purpose is illegal and may result in severe sanctions, including revocation of USCF membership. Such agreements include arrangements to split prize money no matter what the result of the game. See also Chapter 6, USCF Code of Ethics.
(Excerpt borrowed from USCF & Clatskanie Chess Club site).
In closing, I am asking that each of us take the time to be sure to provide the opportunity to practice good sportsmanship, fair play, ethical conduct and respect for each other during these events.
Sportsmanship, integrity and honor are an important part of the game.
2017 - 2018 Region 8 Chess Schedule Legend: - Brownsville - Harlingen- San Benito - Other - Blackout Dates - State/National Please submit your tournament information to: -email-
Please be aware that all tournaments are placed on this list on a first come, first serve, basis. Please note that all local events on any given date will now be listed on this schedule.
Blackout dates are those dates that are reserved for a school or district. Everyone is encouraged to attend the blackout dated tournaments in order to support that school's fundraising efforts. Thanks!
[center][size=16][b]The Importance of Proper Training[/b][/size][/center]
[size=11][b][i]"The Importance of Proper Training"[/i] is written by GM Susan Polgar and appeared in [link=http://www.chesscafe.com/text/polgar47.pdf]ChessCafe.com[/link].[/b][/size]
[size=12]The United States produced one U.S. born World Champion in the 20th century. Of course, that champion is Bobby Fischer. Moreover, the United States, a nation with 280 million people, has produced very few grandmasters in the last two decades. As of April 1, 2006, the U. S. only has 59 living grandmasters. This is especially shocking considering the incredible growth of scholastic chess in the country.
It is an embarrassment for a country this size to produce so few world-class players. There are a number of reasons for this, but the biggest problem is the lack of a uniform training system. In fact, there is no official system at all, and the USCF has done nothing to solve this problem.
Many of our kids are being taught incorrectly because parents often donâ€™t know any better and coaches want immediate results. Disregarding a solid, basic chess foundation may work when competing against other very inexperienced children, but it is not sound. As these players grow a little older, they start to fail miserably, through no fault of their own. They simply were misguided; many then get discourage and quit. This becomes a scholastic chess mill with no long term success.[/size]