Weekly Announcements

New Announcements for Dec 10:

Hi, all!  Club this week is Blitz.  There will be sections for different rating levels, as well as for Rookies.  Blitz is just like normal chess but played with 5 minutes on the clock, so it’s fast!  The only difference in the rules is that if your opponent makes an illegal move and you claim it after they press their clock, you win on the spot.  We will play four double rounds (play the same person twice, once as white, once as black).  There is no training and no ladder this week.
Arrive as close to 5 as possible.  Check in and get your chess bucks, then just wait in the Fellowship Hall for pairings to be posted.  The first round will be paired at 5:30, period.  If you have not arrived by 5:25, you will not play round 1.  You can get a half point bye and be entered for round 2.  Since there are no partners, this is easier than Bughouse to get rolling on time.  We should be finished by 7:30.
PLEASE BRING YOUR CHESS CLOCK IF YOU OWN ONE.  We were short clocks for Bughouse and ended up having to convert our “for sale” clocks to club inventory to make it up.  We can’t play Blitz without a clock on every board.
Please let me know in advance if you will NOT be there, so I don’t enter you or can withdraw you in advance.  If you know you will be late (past 5:30), I can also enter the first round bye in advance.  Again, if you walk in the door after 5:25, you will not be playing round 1.
After the 4th round (8 total games), you will be released to go home.  Awards will be presented at our potluck on the 17th.
See you Tuesday!
VOLUNTEER REMINDER:  Each family is REQUIRED to volunteer 9 times / 9 hours during the school year.  There are 40 families who have not yet volunteered in September.  Pay attention to those e-mails that come from Sign-up Genius.  There are also links on our Facebook page and website.  Sign up for a job, check in for the job, and get credit!
As a gentle reminder…
Room assignments (room number and our descriptive nicknames):
Guppies:  Nursery
Minnows:  220 Blue Room
Rockfish:  224 Big Room
Swordfish/Dolphins Combined:  223 Corner Room
Sharks:  222 Couch Room
Orcas: 104 Conference Room
Megalodons/Mosasaurus Combined:  221 Fridge Room
Candidate Masters:  Downstairs in the choir room
Let me know if you have any questions!

Looking ahead: 

Check out at all of the great opportunities for tournaments coming up!


Inclement Weather Policy

HRSCC follows the guidance of Virginia Beach City Public Schools for cancellations.  If school is cancelled or released early, or if after school activities are cancelled due to inclement weather, HRSCC will be cancelled that day.

Standing Announcements:

Please continue to sign up to Volunteer (once per month required).  Use the link pinned to the top of the Facebook page or from the Volunteer tab on the HRSCC dropdown menu to sign up in advance.  Our volunteer coordinator is logging your hours for the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards (adults and kids).  If you would like to submit retroactive hours, please see Amy Nichols at club.

It is imperative that you let Coach Tina know in advance if you will NOT be at club.  This allows us to enter Byes in advance and know how many board numbers to lay out, saving time and allowing us to run each club meeting smoothly.  E-Mail prior to 4 PM on Tuesdays if possible.  Last minute absences (e.g. child comes home sick from school, car breaks down, impossible traffic, etc.) should be texted to 757-535-3880 prior to 5:30 PM, as should planned late arrivals.  Rounds will start between 6 and 6:15 PM weekly, so if you can guarantee arrival by 6, you will be paired (but you will miss training).  If you are a “no show” (absent with no notice), you will receive a zero point bye for that night’s round.  If your absence is known in advance, you are entitled to one half point bye per tournament.  Subsequent absences will receive a zero point bye for the same tournament.  Despite these pleas, we continue to have a few no-shows each week.

Chess Bucks:  Chess bucks (which replaced tickets) are awarded at check-in for ChessKid usage, tournament attendance, homework, etc.  See the Weekly Homework tab on the HRSCC dropdown menu for your assignments!   The chess store will be open each week for you to purchase items with your chess bucks.