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Ryan Velez
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I wrote a blog entry with info for this upcoming tournament. Also, you can find registration forms either on this website or www.ChessPerformance.com

You may also e-mail ChessPerformance@gmail.com should you need to get into contact with John Simons. His phone number is 502-418-5312

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November 12, 2013 at 5:49 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Ken McDonald
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I checked out the Chess Performance blog. In it, you say, "Our next event is the Grade Level Championship this coming weekend." and " It is our goal to bring our efficiency to the KCA events (Kentucky Chess Association) since Larry Bell, the current Scholastic Coordinator for the KCA, appointed John Simons to run the Grade Level championships, Quad B, and the State Individual chess tournaments." 

This is the first thing I have seen indicating the KCA had outsourced running these tournaments to CTPE. Could you fill me in on what happened and when this was decided?

November 13, 2013 at 11:45 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Ryan Velez
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John and Ryan were informed by some board members that Larry Bell wanted us to run some of the Louisville-based KCA events. We're providing chess sets for each event (which will help the events run more efficiently hence my blog) and we're running all money through the KCA with the exception of a few online entries we receive. Since the KCA doesn't do online sign ups, we are providing this service on our site. I don't believe we've taken very many online payments at all (at a quick glance at my e-mail I see less than 3 online payments so far). Online payments will help people avoid late fees and they will help people avoid on-site registration hopefully.

Expenses are being handled by the KCA (with the exception of the PayPal percentage that is taken from online sign ups). The profits will go back into the KCA and not CTPE. The only money CTPE will see is whatever the money is made by the people who work the event like John Simons and Miami Fugatte.

We were asked to do these events a few days after the KCA board meeting that occurred where the "family memberships" were created (this topic is being discussed in another thread). I don't know the date of this meeting but Taylor Bagley's post in the other thread is probably a good indicator.

CTPE will have a small chess supply table with sets and bags and such similar to what Rick Kincaid has done in the past - we do this at any event in which we're able. I believe the school will have a group or club providing food and snacks. However, this group is 100% ok with people bringing their own food so as to avoid those kinds of issues that have come up in the past.

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November 13, 2013 at 2:08 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Miami Fugatte
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Ken - The KCA has outsourced it's tournaments for years. It only runs events when a suitable organizer cannot, or will not, be willing to do the job. In years past, the Grade Level, created by Allen Priest when he was Scholastic Coordinator, was outsourced to KCD. The KCA promoted the event, and takes a small cut to fund the Denker representitive. KCD stopped hosting the event last year. Locust Grove was outsourced the event last year, but did not host this year. Mr. Bell had not made arrangements for this event, so it was suggested that on short notice that CTPE could possibly host an event for the KCA. Doing so cost them one of their tournaments this year, but they were quite willing to help.

Again, this is a very normal thing for the KCA. Every year, the Action Championship is outsourced to Lexington (at least for the past few years). The Class Championship was recently outsources to Craig Hines, the Quads are by definition KCA events that are outsourced yearly, The Open Team Championship, when held, is often outsourced. It is a common occurence within the KCA. I hope that this clears up any confusion Ken.

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November 13, 2013 at 2:26 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Ken McDonald
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Interesting comments. Thanks for the quick responses.

November 13, 2013 at 11:46 PM Flag Quote & Reply

alan trimble
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Thanks to Mr. Diller, Mr. Simmons, and all those who helped out.  It was a fun event that ran smoothly...and Bearnos Pizza even delivered excellence in a box to the front door of the school...which is an added bonus.  

Thanks again for all the hard work,

Alan 

November 17, 2013 at 10:25 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Ryan Velez
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Here is the Grade Level Championship expense report:


http://www.chessperformance.com/louisvilletournaments.htm


One thing we wanted to point out is that we have not paid the site cost yet. We believe it will be very close to $400. If it is a little more than that, we'll pay the cost. If it is less than that, we will give the difference back to the KCA. If it is a lot more than that, and it should not be, we'll figure out the most fair way to deal with it.

Highlights:

151 players

We were able to cut costs by refurbishing some trophies for the team section. Instead of $30 - $40 for those trophies we paid $10. Randas Burns, Ryan Velez, John Simons, and Alex Simons set up the event for free the  night before to save money.

All sections were finished by 2:30 except 6th and 7th grade (I believe - relaying this info to you from memory). Those 2 grades were out by 3:30 PM. There was a 20 minute delay to get into the building but we finished 30 minutes early.

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November 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Ryan Velez
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John did inform me there will be an update to the financial report. This was the preliminary one but they should be very similar. I'll post it up once we have the site paid for!

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November 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Stephen Dillard
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Now there is just one more "detail" that is important.  Last year's champions were posted long after the event.  Please send a list to our webmaster so that this does not happen again. 

Steve

November 20, 2013 at 8:36 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Ryan Velez
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I sent it on Monday in an e-mail.

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November 21, 2013 at 8:30 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Ryan Velez
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Buuuut.... here they are:

Kindergarten Champion - Elise Trimble - Rosa Parks Elementary

1st Grade Champion - Oliver Noth - Highlands Latin School (he was rated 1070, he beat Abdul Shaik 1002, and the 3rd highest rating was 383)

2nd Grade Champion - Mikhail Kovalev - Glendover Elementary

3rd Grade Champion - Akhil Rokkam - Middletown Elementary (this is his third year in a row as champion for his grade, 1st, 2nd now 3rd)

4th Grade Champion - Sebastian Brown - Locust Grove Elementary

5th Grade Champion - Aakash Vadnaham - Greathouse Shryock (he had to beat Tamm Omar, who was 250 points higher, as well Aiden Schaffer to win)

6th Grade Champion - Garret Wright - Wright Family Home School

7th Grade Champion - Edward Zhong - KCD

8th Grade Champions - Abhishek Venkataraman -Meyzeek

Jack Bradley - Homeschool

Anish Venkatesan - Meyzeek

Ashton Westfall - Meyzeek (this 4 way tie happened because the undefeated player in 8th grade was from Indiana)

9th Grade Champion - Tod Head - Ballard

10th Grade Champion - Gilmnan Bagga - St Francis High School (2 players)

11th Grade Champion - Ava Bradley - Manual (1 player)

12th Grade Champion - Meghan Waters - Dunbar (1 player, won the combined section)


I checked my e-mail to be sure I did send it and it was sent on Tuesday (not Monday) to the KCAWebTeam@gmail.com e-mail. Bob is extremely fast with updating things so either it is just a lot to update all at once or he is a tad busy this week. But either way, it is submitted here and was e-mailed a few days back.


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November 21, 2013 at 8:44 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Stephen Dillard
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Very good.  That may be the quickest turn around on an event ever.

November 21, 2013 at 8:54 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Ryan Velez
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The updated expense report is now posted on our website when you click HERE


The good news is that we met and exceeded our $700 stipend goal for the Barber candidate. We raised $840 for the KCA to help pay its stipend fees for the Barber tournament of champions. Either this extra $140 can go towards the Barber or it can help pay for the Denker/Girl's stipends.


We were able to save some money by getting a reasonably priced site. The site cost was also only $360 instead of $400 because the event was run efficiently enough to get out of there earlier than expected.


We were able to lower the organizer's fee from approximately $256 to $196. The amount of online sign ups we received allowed for more efficient data entry. Therefore, it took less time to prepare for the event than expected.


Chess Performance will submit for its reimbursement costs outlined in the report from Randas Burns and Miami Fugatte (both have to sign off on the check since it is an amount greater than $500).


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November 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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