On behalf of the Q300 Chess Team (“Q3CT”) – a warm welcome back to you, and your family! I hope nobody slept through school the last 2 days (good luck with the schedule adjustment!)
Here is a passing thought, as we transition back. If Q3CT had a pulse, it would probably need to be referred to the doctor. There is so much energy in the proverbial “building” – it is pervasive, and flows through random conversations. There is a very clear “chess culture” happening. It feels like we are on the verge of something big.
To recap Q3CT’s summer in one phrase: “no let up!” For the first time, we had a summer plan, which heavily leveraged the internet (LiChess). The plan was executed to perfection – the kids stayed active, and had lots of fun in the process. We had weekly Puzzle Nights, the NYCK chess camp and training tournaments, online tournaments, and lest we forget – the memorable USA – Philippines match in July (25-25 tie!). We enter 2019-20 fully warmed up, and ready for new peaks to come.
So, how do we start the year? We are having a “Welcome Back” party!
– When: Sunday September 15, 1pm
– Where: Q300 Elementary School (P.S. 17 campus). We will be in the lunch room/gym, just like the “home” tournaments.
– Please RSVP: http://evite.me/xfMjbFSseb.
Note: RSVP will help a lot with planning. But if you find yourself available at the last minute, please feel free to join anyway. Also, your entire family, and the entire Q300 community at-large is more than welcome.
This is a valuable team building opportunity – we really don’t get together all that often, outside of tournaments. This will allow us to put some names to faces, hang out, and chart the path forward. For new kids/parents, it will give them a chance to get all their questions answered, and bond with the group in an informal setting.
We will have numerous chess activities for the kids – a puzzle solving contest, games vs. one another, a “blitz challenge” vs. coaches, and more. Our “away” tournament schedule will be finalized – we will tell you which tournaments we want to crash In numbers. We will also present our vision for the year 2019-20 and beyond, including team training sessions, and the unveiling of the brand-new “online learning” NYChessKids portal – something Saudin and team have been working very hard on.
Let’s kick the year off right. See you on Sunday the 15th!