Metcalf Chess News Updates 2/15

Hello Chess Families!

Thanks to all the chaperones for making the lifetime fitness party a success on Sunday!

Things are a buzzing in the chess world!
Thursday’s open chess is called off due to my uncle Jerry’s passing and need to be in Miami Beach for his funeral.
Friday is our final day of the regular season as we have our league matches at Metcalf.  Looks very likely Metcalf A will face Highview at about 430 for the state middle school league title!  This day is for our top 25 boards.
Saturday is one of the bigger team and individual events of the season..the State Gradelevel TMT at Metcalf..To succeed as a team we need a good turnout. Flyers went out Tuesday with the wrong date (should say Feb 17).   Still have an opening for one student to help set up concessions at 715 (remember we ask everyone on the team to do at least one set up per year).  Also one parent opening still in the afternoon shift..if not filled by 7PM Thursday we will give that shift up to another school.
And of course Saturday is our auction at Metcalf..please continue spreading the word to check it out to friends and neighbors.
We go back to regular Tuesday/Thursday clubs next week.
Monday night all three levels of chess lessons are in session.  Remember, everyone gets one free lesson to check it out..Metcalf Room 109..Advanced beginner is at  630…Those with high dedication and willingness to improve the fastest should be there!
There were 29 students that indicated in writing they had an interest in going to chess nationals in Atlanta.  The parents of those 29 were sent a survey to see if they had an interest in seeing their child attend.  Thank you for the 20 that completed it in the affirmative by the due date Feb 13.  Now lets try to make 20 dreams come true and make this happen for all.
Now, the Minnesota Open State Championships are Feb 23-25th in Plymouth.  Flyers went out Tuesday. It is the best training tournament of the entire year.  All those attending will leave as better players.
Those going to Atlanta are required to go to the Winter Open last January or the MN OPEN.  Best situation is to go to both of course. If you want the cheapest rates, entries are due in to me THIS SATURDAY BY 4PM.  I will only accept entries in envelopes.  The reason we always throw in a hotel option is twofold…One is that the rounds can go quite late at 11PM.…the other is to replicate the hotel experience students will be having in Atlanta…this is a dry run for nationals in every aspect.  But of course that is just an option…
And also hoping you are all working the taproom sales which wrap up Tuesday.
And as always, remember our requirement of a minimum of one hour of week online training..sure need your help with that.
So…hope that is enough chess news for you!!!
Go Metcalf !
Brian Ribnick
Metcalf Chess Coach