This year has been interesting in so many ways. Even Chess has had to reinvent the way we do things. Obviously sitting across a live chess board doesn’t sit well with COVID protocols. So the Kansas Scholastic Chess Association had to redesign the way we run tournaments.
In years past schools would take turns hosting a small regional tournaments where local schools would travel to compete. At the end of the season there would be a very large tournament to recognize a State Champion.
This year we have gone completely virtual. Using a host website we run tournaments online where only members of Kansas Chess could be participants. This is how we completed during the Fall semester. The real disappointment for me as a coach was the website did not track any kind of team score and could have members of the same team play against each other. During this time several strong individual performances were had by Raiders but could not lead to any kind of team victory.
During the fall a programmer who is involved with Kansas Chess was able to adjust our web based tournaments to include team results. These team formatted tournaments have been ran recently to prepare for State. In these tournaments we have placed in the top 3 every time and have been the top 3A team in each. All teams in Kansas could choose to play in the same tournament so I am hopeful that we can repeat these results when the official date for State comes around.
If you see any of our members wish them luck for March 13th. Members are; Abe Frederick, Alex Troth, Ian Todd, Joel Tinsley, Ryan Hite, Brady Stanley, Tallon Bonine, Coy Medlin, Ian Tolley, Chloe Watson, Landon Mitchell, and Arik Allen. Go Raiders!