Crossroads College Prep Chess 2013-2014
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.
Crossroads places 2nd at Lindbergh!
Congratulations to the Crossroads High School chess team for placing 2nd, and the Middle School team for placing 3rd, at the fall open, held November 1 at Lindbergh HS. Ben Williams paced the team with his 6th place finish. Armand Turner-Gauda, Benton Birch, Curtis Mitchell, Andrew Kowalkowski, and Homer Dula each medaled, and LaVaughn Caradine and Katie Stujenske finished with even or better records, respectively, in their first high school match.
|Ben Williams '14 and Homer Dula '17|
Several middle school team members also medaled for their winning records: Jonathan Lake, Annmarie Tyson, and Nyla Long. Sarah Crawford and newcomer Emanuel Gerbi earned some well-deserved wins, too.
Middle school chess continues-
Students in grades 7 and 8 are encouraged to play in the University Red Rook League each Tuesday afternoon. All matches are held after school on Tuesdays at McKinley Classical Academy, 2156 Russell Blvd , St Louis, MO 63104. We will leave Crossroads at 3:45 pm. There is a one-time fee of $5. League play lasts 7 weeks. Parent drivers kindly requested.
High school league play
Matches will commence Wednesday, December 4th and will 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 to be arranged).
Chaminade tournament December 7
Our next Saturday tournament will be Saturday, December 7, at Chaminade College Prep, 425 South Lindbergh Blvd (just south of Ladue Rd). Players need to arrive in Chaminade cafeteria by 8 am. The cost 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.
Chess tournament and events schedule
Red Rook League (grades 7, 8) Tuesdays, November 5-December 17 at McKinley HS
Gateway HS league (grades 9-12) Wednesdays, December 4-February 26 (+ playoffs)
December 7 Chaminade board tournament USCF
January 11 Festus class tournament USCF
Gateway Junior League (grades 7-9) Thursdays, beginning January 16th at Wydown
January 25 Pattonville team tournament USCF
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)
Chess Carnival Loads of Fun
Four Crossroads College Prep players and coach Howard participated in the AT&T / United Way Chess Carnival on October 22nd. They each had the opportunity to play in a simultaneous match against noted author and chess innovator, Women's Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade. Annmarie Tyson '18 outlasted all the other Crossroads players (including coach Howard) and played an excellent match, earning compliments from WGM Shahade. The other players--Andrew Kowalkowski '15, Katie Stujenske '17, and Joey Blank '18, each played respectably, experiencing Shahade's aggressive style of play and creative tactics.
Archive 2012-2013 School Year
Our under 1200 rated team came in 4th out of 40+ teams. We actually tied for 2nd with three other teams, but lost out on the tiebreaks (a rather complicated system). Three members of the team earned trophies--Armand placed 11th out of 396 players; Ben and August tied the 35th place finisher and won consolation trophies.
Our under 800 rated team came in 9th out of 25 teams, so they also earned a trophy.
Finally, our middle school team of under 750 rated players came in 15th out of 40 teams, earning a smaller (but still well deserved) final trophy.
Teams Shine in State Championships
Congratulations to the Middle School team for finishing 2nd in the 8th grade and under division of the Missouri State Championships held March 9 in Jefferson City. Homer Dula placed 10th overall with a 4-1-1 record to lead the team. Katie Stujenske, Joey Blank, and Annmarie Tyson medaled for their 4-2 records, and Jonathan Lake and Blake Fondren each finished strong to round out an outstanding performance by this young group of players.
In the high school division, Crossroads made up considerable ground in the last round, earning 3 ½ points to place 4th in a very strong field. Reid Doctor was the highest finisher, placing 2nd on board 2. Curtis Mitchell played a strong backup on board 2, finishing 10th. Armand Turner-Gauda finished 5th on board 3, Benton Birch finished 8th on board 3, and August Gremaud placed 6th on board 4. The rest of the players did quite respectably in one of the toughest tournaments in years: Matthew Larson and Noah Dromgoole played board 1; Ben Williams, board 2; Andrew Kowalkowski, board 3; and Paul Watkins and Alex Panchot, board 4.
Crossroads wins Gateway Chess League Championship
Crossroads defeated Vianney 21 ½ -8 ½ to win their first ever Gateway Varsity League Championship on March 6th. Crossroads College Prep has competed in the league for three years. This year’s playoff run was especially satisfying as we got past Metro, to whom we had lost twice in the conference finals. The players were definitely looking forward to playing our Saint Louis area rival Vianney. Matthew Larson and Armand Turner-Gauda won their matches easily, Matthew after going up a bishop in a pitched middle game, and Armand after trading into a winning rook and pawn endgame. August Gremaud lost a tough endgame against his opponent, and then Ben Williams secured the win for Crossroads by drawing his opponent in a tense end game. Benton Birch’s conclusive end-game victory was the icing on the cake. Congratulations to the entire team for their outstanding play throughout the season! Once again, here’s the entire team: Matthew Larson, Ben Williams, Armand Turner-Gauda, August Gremaud, Benton Birch, Noah Dromgoole, Reid Doctor, Paul Watkins, Will Dula, Alex Panchot, Andrew Kowalkowski, and Solomon Cooper.
Middle School chess ends a fun season at Wydown
The Gateway Chess Junior League concluded last month at Wydown. Thanks to all of our parent drivers. Here’s a list of everyone who participated: Katie Stujenske, Homer Dula, Joey Blank, Jonathan Lake, Annmarie Tyson, Blake Fondren, Nyla Long, Sarah Crawford, and Charlie O’Gorman.
Gateway Chess Awards May 8
All students who played in the High School league and the Middle School league at Wydown are invited to attend. Details are forthcoming.
Crossroads Chess Potluck and Awards Night
If you are interested in hosting the annual chess potluck and awards dinner, please contact Howard. The dinner typically takes place on a weekend afternoon in May, before graduation weekend.