Crossroads College Prep Chess                        2013-2014

Press Release

Information on the new varsity letter program for upper school students.  Nick Kiehl and Flannery Allison, both in the class of 2012, were the first recipients of this new award last year.  All high school students are eligible this year.  Click here for details on the letter program.

Chess News

Middle School wins Festus Tournament festus tournament
Congratulations to the 8th grade and under players for their victory at the Gateway Class Tournament on January 11th. Emanuel Gerbi led the team with 3 wins. He was joined on the team by Nyla Long, Joey Blank, Annmarie Tyson, Jonathan Lake, Donnovan Aguayo-Craig, and Sasha Loper Diltz. The high school team was led by Katie Stujenske and LaVaughn Caradine, who each had two wins. They were joined by Homer Dula and newcomers Javier Cachon-Ortiz and Andrew Finkenkeller.

Pattonville Team Tournament
Our next Saturday tournament will be Saturday, January 25th, at Pattonville High School, 2497 Creve Coeur Mill Rd, Maryland Heights, MO 63043. We will take a bus from Crossroads College Prep, departing at 7:15 am. Our estimated return to Crossroads College Prep is 8:00 pm. This is a team tournament, so players will play with four other teammates against an opposing school. There will also be an individual section. The cost of the tournament is $12, cash or check payable to Gateway Chess League. Students who are not members of the USCF or who must renew may do so at the tournament. USCF membership costs $17 for students age 12 and under, $22 for students ages 13- 15, and $26 for students aged 16 and over. Students should also bring a lunch or money to purchase food.

High School League Play
Matches take place either at Crossroads (4pm) or away (leave at 3:15 pm). A student or parent driver is kindly requested for each away match (schedule tba).

Crossroads 30 Alton 0

Crossroads 20 Vianney 10

Crossroads 30 SLUH 0

Crossroads 26 John Burroughs 4

January 27 Crossroads at Metro (rescheduled date)

January 29 Crossroads at Clayton

February 5 Belleville W at Crossroads

February 12 Crossroads at Belleville E

February 19, 26, March playoffs TBD

Middle School Chess
The Thursday Gateway Junior League continues at Wydown Middle School on Thursday, January 23rd. The cost is $10 for the remaining five sessions. Players in grades 7-9 are eligible. We will need additional drivers to help shuttle the players to Wydown, departing at 3:45 pm. Matches usually conclude around 6:30 pm.

Chess Tournament and Events Schedule
Gateway HS league (grades 9-12) Wednesdays, continuing through February 26 (+ playoffs)

Gateway Junior League (grades 7-9) Thursdays at Wydown through February 27th.

January 25 Pattonville team tournament USCF (see above)

February 1 Wydown Bollinger Open USCF

February 8 Trivia Night at Crossroads

February 15 Saint Louis University Action Tournament USCF

March 1 State Championships, Columbia, MO (high school section USCF)

April 3-7 Nationals, San Diego, CA USCF
To attend Nationals, a player must participate in at least 3 Saturday tournaments (or their equivalents in weekday matches) and play in the State Championships.

April 30 Gateway League Awards Dinner (tentative)

Crossroads scores a double victory at Chaminade
Two Crossroads College Prep Chess teams won first place in their respective divisions at the Gateway Board Tournament at Chaminade on December 7th. The high school team and the ninth grade and under team each finished ahead of rivals Vianney and Lindbergh for clear victories. Trophy winners included: Benton Birch (1st on board 4); Armand Turner-Gauda (2nd on board 1); Ben Williams (2nd on board 3); Homer Dula (2nd in 9th grade); LaVaughn Caradine (6th in 9th grade); and Joey Blank (8th in 9th grade). Katie Stujenske, Jonathan Lake, and Annmarie Tyson medaled in the 9th grade and 8th grade divisions. Over 17 players competed for Crossroads in one of their best finishes for years. Great job everyone!

 LaVaughn Caradine '17, Jonathan Lake '18, Homer Dula '17,
Joey Blank '18, and Katie Stujenske '17

Here are the teams:
High School: Armand Turner-Gauda, August Gremaud, Curtis Mitchell, Ben Williams, Andrew Kowalkowski, Benton Birch, Solomon Cooper.
9th grade and under: Homer Dula, LaVaughn Caradine, Joey Blank, Katie Stujenske
8th grade and under: Jonathan Lake, Annmarie Tyson, Sarah Crawford, Blake Fondren, Emanuel Gerbi, Donnovan Aguayo-Craig

 Chess Chaminade
 Armand Turner-Gauda '14, August Grimaud '14, Benton Birch '14, Curtis Mitchell '14