Attendance & Obligations
Chess Club members are encouraged to play US Chess Federation (USCF)-rated games at Chess Club each week. In doing so, each member will have a USCF rating. That rating, an 80% attendance requirement, as well as a possible round-robin tournament will be used to determine the top players that make up the chess team that travels to tournaments and county chess matches.
There are additional obligations as well. Chess Club members must pay $5 dues which goes towards the USCF ratings that everyone receives. Also, members must
keep a chess notebook with complete record of all rated games using short
algebraic notation. Homework will be assigned occasionally.
For example, students may have to memorize opening lines of play,
solve mate-in-two problems, submit game logs, etc. Members also participate in
club fundraisers, which help defray costs of chess supplies and traveling to competitions. It is recommended that every member purchase his/her own tournament-approved chess set and chess clock.
Five players will be able to travel to Berks County
Chess League matches. However, more players may attend tournaments if they find their own transportation.
For state tournaments, we may be staying overnight in a hotel.
Students may have to pay for some or all of their room expenses (about $40), food expenses (about $40), their USCF membership fees (about $20), and tournament registration (about $30).
The following positions will be appointed by the
advisor. Any officer who does not uphold the integrity of the position and maintain his/her duties will be removed by the advisor.
- President - represents the Chess Team in
meetings and assemblies, promotes the Chess Team rules and
policies, assists the club advisor in all tasks related to
running the team.
- Vice President - assists
the president with any assigned tasks, helps Equipment
Manager maintain the inventory and storage
of club equipment, organizes
special activities such as team dinners & social events.
- Treasurer - shops for best prices on chess
equipment, orders equipment, signs invoices, maints
organizes and leads
fundraisers and assists the advisor with tournament registrations.
- Secretary - keeps attendance
at meetings, updates the member database, drafts letters and
email communications, records competition results in the team
archives, types png files, and creates worksheets
- Public Relations & Recruitment Director -
submits articles to the school newspaper,
Five morning announcements and makes posters, web pages,
and other promotional materials, organizes
recruitment activities such as library round-robins, simul
exhibitions, school tournaments,
guest lectures from masters, etc.
- Equipment Manager - maintains
the inventory, labeling, and storage of club equipment, including
boards, pieces, chess clocks, and books, puts
equipment away at the end of meetings and competitions.
- Team Captain / Manager - helps the coach keep track
of players and performs other tasks including equipment inventory at competitions including Berks County Chess League matches
- Education - finds and catalogues online exercises, videos, and worksheets to be used with Chess Club members and helps the coach collect and grade any assignments.
Members must conduct themselves appropriately
in club practices and at competitions. If members
in the library, study halls, or other places in the school,
their behavior must be exemplary. We do not want the Chess
Club to develop a reputation for being a club of immature, obnoxious,
or roughneck hooligans. Furthermore, the game of chess must
respected at Wyomissing as the serious, intellectual sport that
it is. Members must also treat each other and opponents from
schools with respect as well. While seventh & eighth graders
will be allowed to hold top ladder positions, they must be mature
and earn the respect of any older, but less talented,
upperclass club members.
Damage to any club equipment, especially chess clocks, will not
be tolerated. A member is responsible for purchasing new equipment
to replace damaged or missing equipment.
Improper decorum in any chess club venue including the web site
chatroom, forum, or mailing list will result in expulsion from
the chess club at the discretion of the advisor. No warnings will
The advisor may expel anyone from Chess Club and/or assign detention
behavior. Warnings will not always be given either.