MCCL Newsletter

December 18, 2020

MCCL is sponsoring an 8-week online chess class from the International Chess Academy for female scholastic chess players beginning on Wednesday December 30, 2020 - Feb. 17, 2021. Two classes will be offered: Intermediate 1 (USCF rating of 600-1000) and Intermediate 2 (USCF rating of 1000-1200) at either 4-5 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. You must be a current MCCL member and have renewed your MCCL membership for 2021 to apply. Homework will be required for the 8-week course, and it requires active online participation and answering questions.

This scholarship is made possible through a donation to the MCCL Girls Chess Initiative designed to encourage more girls to play competitive chess, particularly in the middle and high school level. Priority will be given to female students in middle (6th-8th) and high school (9th-12th), but elementary students in 4th and 5th grade may also apply who meet the minimum rating requirement.

Those who have been selected to receive the scholarship will be notified by Monday Dec. 28th via email.

Deadline to Apply is Tuesday December 22nd at noon. Apply here.

Time to Renew Your MCCL Membership

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Unless you are a Lifetime Member of MCCL, it is time to renew your annual family membership. Just $20 a year for all the kids in your family to have access to many online MCCL sponsored events on ChessKid, reduced fees for tournaments, Girls Chess Club - Madison on CK, programs like All Star Chess Club for 2nd and 3rd graders nominated by their coaches, and more. You can read about the benefits of membership and how to join or renew here.

In January, MCCL membership in clubs on ChessKid and will be updated to reflect current membership and MCCL Newsletters will only be emailed to current MCCL members, so please renew now so you can continue to enjoy the benefits of membership. You can check your Orders under your MCCL account to see if you have renewed your membership.

Are You Interested in Serving on the MCCL Board or Committee?

MCCL has numerous volunteer opportunities for its members to serve either as Board member, Committee member or as a volunteer. We are always looking for assistance with social media, our Girls Chess programs, or scholastic Monday night programs. In January we will also present a board slate from the nominating committee. If you have any interest in serving, please contact MCCL Executive Director Ranae Bartlett.

International Chess Academy Winter Lessons

If you are looking for some online winter chess classes to improve your skills, MCCL highly recommends the International Chess Academy: There are classes for a wide range of players from beginning to those who are rated above 1500. The winter break is a great time to really focus on improving your skills.

Last spring members of our Girls Chess Club (pictured left) participated in an online class through ICA with WGM Irina Levitina of ICA. GM Alex Stripunsky also teaches classes for advanced players. These classes are very interactive, and you will be expected to do homework each week to send in. So get ready!

Upcoming Events

Two All Girls Sunday Tournaments in January 2021!

MCCL usually hosts an All-Girls Online Tournament on the last Sunday of each month. Because the last Sunday in December is Dec. 27th (very close to Christmas), MCCL has decided to host two All-Girls events in January--one on Sunday January 3rd and one on the last Sunday on January 31st at the usual time of 2 p.m. The time control will be Game 20; 4 rounds on CK. Girls, be sure to renew your MCCL memberships now so you can play on January 3rd!

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Join the United States Chess Federation

Rated chess tournaments require membership in the United States Chess Federation for every participant. Whether you are joining for the first time or renewing your membership, please include MCCL Affiliate # A6040788 in the membership appreciation code box. You can register for your USCF membership here.

About Us

Madison City Chess League is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting chess education to kids in grades K-12. We teach kids life skills through the game of chess.

Become an annual member for 2020 for just $20. Or become a Lifetime Member for $200 and receive benefits of membership for a lifetime.