110 students from all over Bullitt County showed up to compete in the 6th annual BCCL Chess Championships! It was a great event that ran fairly smoothly thanks to all of the coaching support from around the county.
The K-1 Section combined with the K-3 section for 38 chess players. The K-5 section had 38 chess players. K-8 had 23 chess players. K-12 had a record turn out of 17 chess players. What is unique about this tournament is that it is strictly a BCPS tournament. We have only allowed one outside player in the past few years. Our county chess title very well me the largest school district chess event in the state. Next year with the addition of some new coaches we may see our dream of having 200 BCPS chess players at one event occur.
We have hosted a total of five chess tournaments this school season including the State Championships for Bughouse and the State Grade Level Chess Championships. March 18 we will host the State Team Chess Championships which may bring in over 400 chess players. It is the Sweet 16 of chess for Kentucky.
K-1 and K-3 goes to Connor Edmonson a kindergartner of MWES
K-5: Wade MES Wilson, Noah MES Bennett, Baron MES Williams, Jaden MES Sanders, Jon MES Broughton all 5th graders from Maryville went 5-0 with Wilson taking first based off tie breaks.
K-8: Alex ZMS Robey, Ian ZMS Stearns, Jordan ZMS McMurray all of Zoneton Middle School went 5-0 with Alex claiming first after tie breaks.
K-12: Garrett NBHS Vibbert took first place going 4-0. Garrett defeated defending county champion Michael Thomas of BCHS.
K-1 Maryville Elementary School Previous county titles: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
K-3 Maryville Elementary School Previous county titles: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
K-5 Maryville Elementary School Previous titles: 12, 13, 16, 17
K-8 Zoneton Middle School Previous titles: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
K-12 North Bullitt High School 16, 17
A big thanks goes out to Rita Taulbee of LJES, Courtney Haggerty of RES, Doug Henry of BLMS, Tim Phelps of NBHS, Rick Greenwell of BES, Megan Perugini and Tony Perugin of ZMS, Anna Burton of CES, Todd Spencer of SES, Chris Stidom of EMS, Arturo Bracho BCHS, Devin Franklin of HMS, Bryan Keer of MWES, and Grethen Williams of MWMS for working the tournament. I also want to thank all of the coaches county wide for coaching your programs. We are seeing great growth in chess knowledge and talent.
I am looking forward to seeing Bullitt County show up well at the February 4 Regional Championships. The Quad B Chess Championship is the gateway the state team chess championships. Last year North Bullitt, Zoneton and Maryville all finished in the top 10 in Kentucky. Our main goal for our chess league is to help kids develop their chess skills while having fun making friendships.
Thanks you coaches for making chess fun for our students!
To sign up for the Febrary 4 Regional title go to: www.chessperformance.com
The BCCL will host the 6th Annual BCPS/BCCL Chess Championships at Crossroads Elementary School on January 14, 2017. Crossroads has been so gracious to host the Bullitt County Chess Championships each school year since 2013. The BCCL Chess Championships is only for BCPS students.
This year our county has seen our chess talent grow leaps and bounds in rated chess, but this tournament is for both rated and unrated chess players alike Do not think that all rated players are superior to unrated chess players. This tournament will have players of all abiliteis regardless of ratings. Our goal is to use chess as a means to help students goal set, develop thinking strategies, and to build friendships!. We are one big chess family and this year I hope to see a record turn out in chess participation not only at the BCCL Chess Championships but also at the Feb. 4 Regionals and the March 18 State Team Title that North Bullitt will host.
Doors open at 9 AM and the first round begins at 10 AM. We will offer K-1, K-3, K-5, K-8 and K-12 sections. Top 3 players earn trophies!
Unlimited players will be in each section.
All BCPS chess coaches will need to bring all of their chess sets in case we run low on chess sets.
Players need to turn in their chess sign up forms to their chess coaches by Thursday the 12th.
If you are a chess player who wants to play but your school does not have a chess program then you may sign-up by having your parent e-mail me at Dennis.Minnis@bullitt.kyschools.us with your full name, school, grade, and section that you wish to compete in.
See you next Saturday at Crossroads!
BCPS Chess Director
http://www.chessperformance.com/quadb.html Feb. 4 Quad B Regionals
http://www.chessperformance.com/stateteam.html March 18 State Team @ North Bullitt
The 2016 Chess Championships are now complete thanks to a lot of work and patience from all of our chess parents, players, coaches and volunteers! The morning started off a little slow but once we started the rounds went very smooth.
We had a total of 16 BCPS schools represented. At total of 106 players participated. Each section completed 5 rounds of chess minus the K-12 section which played 4 rounds so that players would not play each other twice.
The Bullitt County Chess League completed their 2014-2015 chess season at Crossroads Elementary School yesterday. 93 students competed in grades K-12. The tournament went well as coaches from across the county helped run the tournament. Teams competed in five rounds of chess except in the K-12 section where Bullitt Central and North Bullitt stopped after four rounds of chess as Bullitt Central won their very first county championship.
K-1 Division: Maryville Elementary
K-3 Division: Maryville Elementary
K-5 Pleasant Grove Elementary School
K-8 Divison: Zoneton Middle
K-12 Division: Bullitt Central
K-1: Austin Wooden of Maryville Elementary
K-3: Jonathan Broughton of Maryville Elementary
K-5 Eric Lopez of Pleasant Grove Elementary School
K-8: Jason McDonald of Zoneton Middle School
K-12: Kyle Mcilwee of Bullitt Central
Open Division Team Champions
K-3: Roby Elementary
K-5: Maryville Elementary
K-8: Zoneton Middle School
Open Division Individual Champions
K-3: Cameron Bell of Roby Elementary School
K-5: Destiny Hall of Maryville Elementary School
K-8: Chris Underwood of Zoneton Middle School
For the complete set of results go to the crosstables section of our web page.
Thanks for a great season!
Bullitt County Chess Director
Yesterday the Bullitt County Chess League completed the 2014-2015 chess season. There is still more chess to be played as Zoneton Middle School will compete in the USCF K-9 Nationals April 24-26. I believe Zoneton will shock the nation! They have worked hard and they will bring their full team in to challenge teams who are traveling from across the country. Good luck Zoneton Middle School! You will do well! Coach Perugini has a team ready to shine on the biggest stage in chess.
My name is Dennis Minnis. I am the BCCL Chess Director. This blog is to be used for the Bullitt County Chess League discuss all chess league related topics.