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Upcoming Pizza Party and Potluck October 22nd

pizza-party-voteThe Spicewood Chess Club is holding our annual party at the Spicewood Elementary school on Saturday October 22nd morning from 10:00 to 1:45.

We will be playing Chess and having fun with our friends.   We will have a few coaches available to work with the students.  We will also have out our fun chess sets, LED lightup boards, 4 player chess, marble chess set, etc.

We have also invited some of our friends from the Laurel Mountain Elementary school Chess club as well as local chess teachers and experts.

The club will be providing Pizza and we ask parents to signup to bring other items needed for the party such as drinks, plates, utensils, etc.  This is also a potluck, so we encourage parents to bring cookies, snacks, etc.  Please bring something to share.  Please remember no food containing nuts.   

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Meridian Tournament Results

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 9.43.03 PMWe had 24 students from Spicewood Elementary participate in the Meridian Tournament last weekend.  The tournament consisted of 5 rounds of games each worth 1 point.  In total, our kids scored a total of 64.5 out of a possible 120 points.   Six Spicewood students received trophies for scoring in the top percentile of their groups:  James Shivam, Jacob Li, Bela Jere, Raghav Aggarwal, Aryan Punalekar and Ethan Tang. Seven Spicewood students received medals for scoring in the second percentile of their groups: Iam Leong, Alexander Ho, Darryl Tang, William Du, Sambit Kanjilal, Annika Shivam, and Marvel Chung.  Congratulations to all of our participants.  Each will receive 5 Chess bucks for participation.

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Tshirt Design Contest Results

The Chess Club held a design contest to design our next Tshirt.  Today at the club meeting, it was the last day to turn in submissions.  A committee of 5 parents reviewed each submission and a clear winner was determined.


Congratulations to Abigail Yarbrough for winning this year’s contest.   We especially liked the panther head on the King piece as well as the chess pieces making the letters in the words.  We all look forward to seeing your design on our club tshirts this year.

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Club Registration Opens

online-registration-youth-sportsRegistration for the 2016-2017 school year has opened.  Please click on the About section above and then click on the Registration link.  That page gives some details about the registration process and a link to the Registration Form.

You can also click here to go directly to that page.

We will be closing club registration PROMPTLY on Friday September 1st so please register as soon as possible.  

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Summer Chess Camps

Chess Camps

There are a number of chess camps running this summer that are excellent ways for you to keep improving your Chess skills.  We list some of them below:

Best in Class Education Center in the Galleria Oaks shopping center on Research at Anderson Mill Rd. is hosting a Chess camp which is run by our club friend Gary Gaiffe.  To register for this camp contact the Best in Class Education Center at 512-375-3245.  There is limited space at this venue so don’t wait too long to sign up as they expect to have more campers than we can accommodate.

  • August 1 – 5

North Austin Mathnasium located on Anderson Mill Road is hosting 4 chess camp weeks. Summer Chess Camp at Mathnasium! Featuring National Master Paul Chaplin, this camp offers five exciting full days immersed in a fun yet structured hybrid learning environment. Offering beginning and advanced grouping, individual and team competitions, t-shirts, awards and prizes!!

  • June 6 – 10
  • June 20 – 24
  • July 11 – 15
  • August 8 – 12

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Second to Last Club Meeting

Last week was our second to last club meeting for this school year.  We pulled out our 4 lightup LED chess sets as well as the 4 person chess boards that the kids love playing.  Below are some random photos from the meeting.

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April 2016 Laurel Mountain Tournament

We had 41 students participate at the Laurel Mountain Chess Tournament.  Here are some photos of the Saturday event.  Congratulations to all of those who won medals and trophies.

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Casis Elementary Chess Tournament Results

The chess club participated in the Casis Elementary chess tournament held on January 30th, 2016.  The tournament had over 400 participants and we had 48 students from Spicewood attend.  (12% were from Spicewood!)   Our students did great winning two 1st place and three 2nd place team trophies.  Individual awards were given to 11 students who won trophies and 16 students who won medals for their performances. We had quite a few new students do well who have only been playing chess since September.  The students worked really hard the last few months and it paid off. Great job Spicewood students!

Congratulations to the students who won trophies:  Darryl Tang, Bryan Lee, Jacob Li, David Liu,  Jameson Murphy-Hall, Sambit Kanjilal, Annika Shivam,  Shalin Lakhia, Marvel Chung, Aakash Nagarahalli and Ivan Leong.

Congratulations to the students who won medals:  Marcus Fung, Varun Sanghavi, William Du, Reett Aulakh,  Jack Megnin, Aria Mitra, Milo Garcia, David Li, Kavin Thiyagarajan, Alina Du, Brandee Benson,  Ethan Fung, Raghav Aggarwal, Dhruv Pathak, Ethan Tang and Tianwen Gao.

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January Pizza Party

We had a very successful and fun pizza party and chess training session last Saturday, January 23rd at Spicewood Elementary.  Over 80 parents and kids attended, learning more chess techniques to use and traps to watch out for at the upcoming Casis Elementary Chess tournament.

Gary Gaiffe and Josh Newsham, local chess experts and private chess tutors graciously attended and performed a couple of simultaneous matches against some of our students.  A big thank you to both of these guys for attending.

Thank you to Laura Reebe for coming in on a Saturday to allow us to use the library and cafeteria for this event.  Also thank you to the parents who donated drinks, snacks and supplies.

Here are some photos of the event.  If you have any other photos you would like to share, please email them to Chris Jones (

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Chess Club Tournament Practice and Pizza Party

ChessPizzaIn order to prepare for the upcoming Casis Elementary Chess tournament on January 30th, the Chess Club is holding a Saturday  practice session on January 23rd to help everyone hone their chess skills.

All Chess club members are invited to this event, even students who are not planning to attend the Casis tournament.

This event starts at 10AM in the Library where we will practice our chess skills as well as watch some helpful videos for the tournament.

Around noon, the club will provide  pizza for lunch. We need parents to volunteer to bring napkins, paper plates and juice boxes.  We are expecting to have around 40-70 students attending.

Parents can drop off kids for this event, but we ask that you come in and let one of the club coaches know and give us your contact information.  It is preferred that the parents stay to help us manage the kids.

An Evite was sent out to all parents.  If you did not receive that invitation, please let Chris Jones know via email (

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