2019 WCA President’s Report
April 7, 2019
The Wisconsin Chess Association had another strong year in 2018. Attendance at our tournaments was up again. The Association’s finances continue to be strong. We hope to continue building on this success in 2019 and hope that you’ll continue supporting WCA events and all Wisconsin tournaments.
The highlight of the year was once again hosting the US Open in Middleton. This marks the fourth year that Wisconsin hosted the US Open. Previous events in Wisconsin were 1935, 1953 and 2013. When I heard that the Reebok CrossFit games were to be held concurrently with the US Open I knew that attendance wouldn’t be as strong as it was in 2013. Attendance was down about 130 players I think mainly due to the lack of available and affordable hotel rooms.
We were all saddened when in the last round there was a medical emergency necessitating the round be suspended for several hours and the player from Janesville passed away. Our condolences go out to his family.
The most pressing problem the WCA faces is the inability to secure playing sites at an affordable cost. The Board is starting to think outside of the box but if you have any suggestions for venues, please contact a Board member.
Since only three nominations were received for the WCA Board, all were automatically elected to fill the three open seats. Congratulations to Guy Hoffman, James Coons and myself who have each gained three year terms. My thanks to the all Board members for their dedication this past year.
I have one year remaining on my final term on the US Chess Federation’s Executive Board. We continue to do a lot of work is in the area of development to create a fund raising strategy for the Federation. We’re also re-starting the website upgrade but this time the first phase will be to solidify the background database that will drive membership, ratings and publications prior to refurbing the website itself.
Two seats on the Executive Board are up for election this summer. Please register to vote on your MSA page at https://new.uschess.org/players/search/ then you’ll receive a ballot in early June that will need to be returned by July 20.
The WCA sponsors the Marshall Rohland Memorial/Wisconsin Closed Championship, the Arpad Elo Open, the William Martz Memorial/North Central Open, the Wisconsin Memorial, the Game/60 State Championship and the Wisconsin Junior Open and Veterans Tournaments. All are open for bids from state organizers and/or tournament directors. If you are interested in more details on how to bid for these events, please contact any board member.
Last year the WCA partnered with an online registration system and the first year proved quite successful. The vendor has agreed to allow us to partner with other clubs in the state to allow them to use our portal for their events. The webpage can be located at https://onlineregistration.cc/. Scroll down to our events under ‘Wisconsin Chess Association’.
Congratulations to Madison Memorial High School for taking their second State Scholastic Championship. The core of the winning team has now won at the K-5, K-8 and high school levels! Congratulations to Elm Grove’s Pilgrim Park Middle School for winning the K-8 State Team Championship and to Wauwatosa’s McKinley Elementary School for repeating as the K-5 State Team Championship. Last month 377 Wisconsin students participated in the State Scholastic Championships at UW-Oshkosh. Thanks to Mark Seghers for putting together a website to track the history of the event. The website is http://wischolasticchesschampionship.blogspot.com/. If anyone has photos from past events that they’d like to share, you may upload them to the site.
Since the State Scholastic is a team Swiss event at the high school level, Wisconsin uses the Wisconsin Junior Open as its qualifier for national junior individual invitational events. Please plan to participate in the event November 2-3 at UW-Oshkosh to qualify for the 2020 GM Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions, the Dewain Barber Tournament of K-8 and the National Girl’s Tournament of Champions. In 2019 these events will be held in conjunction with the US Open in Orlando, FL. Our representatives will be Rithwik Mathur, Hersh Singh and Aradh Kaur. Good luck team!
In 2018 US Chess started a fourth invitational at the US Open. With the same format as the Denker, Barber and NGTOC is the National Senior Tournament of Champions. We’ll use the Veterans Tournament held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Junior Open in November to select our representative. For the 2019 NSTOC our rep will be Allen Becker. Good luck Allen!
Congratulations once again to Joziah Rudolph for capturing his third consecutive Wisconsin Chess Tour title. Organizers desiring to have their event considered for Tour status need to contact Tour Committee Chair Guy Hoffman by November of the year before the tour. Tour standings are listed on our website www.wischess.org. The WCA Board is considering a change to the Tour point computation formula. More information will be available after our June meeting.
Respectfully submitted by WCA President, Mike Nietman