Dear Chess Kids and Families,
The health and safety of our chess community-players, volunteers and families is of utmost importance to the NSSCA. Given the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to cancel the Provincial Chess Challenge and School Team Tournament. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the public health and government advice on rescheduling these events.
As you may be aware, over the last couple of years, we have made significant progress in growing chess in Nova Scotia. We are thankful to all our volunteers, chess experts and community partners who have helped us achieve this growth. We are also proud of all our young chess players for the enthusiasm, energy, camaraderie and dedication they bring to chess and to our events. We do not want to lose this momentum. At NSSCA, we are committed to doing our part to help kids continue to learn and grow through the medium of chess.
Here are some ideas we have come up with. If you have any other suggestions, please let us know by e-mail at email@example.com or by sending a message to our Facebook page. Participation in these activities is voluntary. NSSCA encourages parents to use their judgment related to age-appropriate supervision for online chess activities.
1. Play and Learn Chess Online: There are many websites where you can play chess online and learn such as www.chess.com, www.chesskid.com and www.lichess.org. You can also find puzzles and tactics on these websites at the links: https://lichess.org/training/61100 and https://chesstempo.com/
2. Virtual Nova Scotia Casual Chess Tournament: Join our first youth-led virtual blitz chess tournament on Sunday March 29th from 1 to 2:30 PM. The tournament will be hosted by PerilousPawn (Jerjis Kapra) who will be available in the chat room for any support. Players interested in playing should be signed up and ready at 12:30PM. First game will start at 1PM. You can join the tournament at this link https://lichess.org/tournament/3hrppggF. Please note that you need to have an account on www.lichess.org to join this tournament. The tournament will be arena style (and not based on ratings), meaning when you finish a game, you will be paired with someone who is ready to play a game. The games will be 10 minutes long. Interested players should create/already have an account on lichess and then click on the link above and join. You can send a message to PerilousPawn in the chat room if you need help. Please note: this is our first time doing this and we hope that it will run smoothly; however, we will continue to learn and improve as we go. If you (youth/adult) would like to host your own tournament online, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message on Facebook and we will advertise it on our Facebook page.
4. Virtual Chess Clubs: With age-appropriate supervision, we encourage players to continue playing virtually with your friends on the websites mentioned above. Another option is to join Club Nova Scotia, a virtual club of local players run by Fred Phillips. You can go to www.chess.com or click on the following Facebook link: https://apps.facebook.com/chessfb/?fb_source=bookmark&ref=bookmarks&count=0&fb_bmpos=_0 . You could also join the Maritime Chess Club on lichess.org or chess.com run by Fred McKim.
5. Challenge Strong Players: You could improve your game by challenging strong Nova Scotian players of various age ranges.
b. Andy Wang: the highest ranked grade 5 player in NS. Username:Andyhalifax on www.chess.com.
c. Calix Marchand: the highest ranked grade 2 player in NS and the 2018/2019 Chess n’ Math Association Player of the Year (for the Atlantic and Prairie Provinces – Kindergarten to Grade 3). Username: FlatTalkingNumber on www.chesskid.com or XilacOrigami on www.chess.com.
6. Watch Jerjis Kapra “JerjiasTheGreat” on his Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTL0GEGjczm5wFtI7VuCZw He analyzes his games and provides tips for improvement. On this channel, Jerjis also offers a ChessBasics series for beginners. Also feel free to suggest topics for Jerjis to cover by sending a message on our FACEBOOK page.
We are in this together and we will get through this. In the words of our own local chess National Master, Roger Langen:
“We anticipate a strong rebound once this shadow that is passing over us lifts. We should not idle; however, but beaver away at what we can do now. We will be even more ready then, when the light returns. We are all going to learn a lot and come out stronger on the other side.”
We wish you all the best. Wash your hands and stay healthy!
NSSCA Board and Volunteers