Saturday, November 5, 2016

2016-17 Mid-Hudson Scholastic Chess League Kickoff Tournament Summary






The Mid-Hudson Scholastic Chess League (MHSCL) launched it’s 15th season by holding the Kickoff Swiss tournament at Cornwall Central HS (NY) on October 29, 2016. Twenty-Six players participated in the five-round event.





Carl Tyce of James O’Neill HS finished in first-place with a perfect 5-0 score. Second-to-Fourth place finishers, each with 4-1 records (in tie-break order), were Curin Odell of West Point Middle School, Ella Collins of Cornwall Central HS, and Cristian Garcia of Middletown High School. Emil Vyskocil of Cornwall Central HS and Collin Strauch of Middletown High School finished with 3.5 points apiece.




The event was a combination of an individual and team tournament. The top four scores of players from the same school counted as that school’s points. Cornwall Central HS won the team trophy with 13.5 points on tiebreaks over Middletown HS. James O’Neill HS finished in third with 12.5 points.





The matches will start Saturday, December 10, 2016.



You can follow the 2016-17 season by reading this blog or go to www.mhschess.com website.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Monroe-Woodbury HS Team One Wins MHSCL Championship



Monroe-Woodbury Team One won the Mid-Hudson Scholastic Chess League (MHSCL) championship, beating the defending champions, The Mount Academy Team One, 7-2. Both teams went in the championship series with perfect 6-0 record.

During the round-robin portion of the season in which the team finished in first-place in the Kasparov Conference, Monroe-Woodbury HS Team One dominated the matches, scoring at least seven game points in each of the five matches. Monrow-Woodbury scored 37.5 game points. Kostya Shetakauri led the team with 13 game points. Scott Abott (8 game points) and Chris Felice (7 game points) were the other two players on Monroe-Woodbury HS Team One.

The Mount Academy Team One had a perfect 5-0 record in the Fischer Conference. Other than the first-round win over Monroe-Woodbury HS Team Two, 5-4, the Mount-Academy averaged six points in the last four matches. Stephen Decker (11.5 game points), Rudi Meier (11 game points), and Andrew Maendel (6 game points) were the top three players on the team. The team finished in second place in the playoffs.

Monroe-Woodbury HS Team Two made the playoffs, finishing in second-place in the Fischer Conference by defeating Cornwall Central HS Team One, 5-4, in the last match round. Both Monroe-Woodbury teams met in the semi finals, The Monroe-Woodbury Team Two lost to Monroe-Woodbury Team One, 5.5-3.5. A. J. Fini (10 game points), Steven Li (9 game points), and Andrew Qu (7 game points) led the second Monroe-Woodbury team. Monroe-Woodbury Team Two finished in third place in the playoffs, defeating Kingston HS Team One in the consolation round.

Kingston HS Team One, with a three-win, one-draw, and one-loss record in the match portion of the tournament, finished in fourth-place in the playoffs, losing to The Mount Academy Team One in the semi-finals, 5.5-3.5, and Monroe-Woodbury HS Team Two in the consolation round, 6-3. Aman Patel (8.5), Skye-Daniel McClure (7.0), and Joshua Grossbohlin (7.0) led the Kingston Team.

Check here to view playoff crosstables.

Check here to view standings.

Players’ Individual Game Points During the Match Portion of the Season

Kostya Shetakuri of Monroe-Woodbury Team One led all players with 13 game points. Other players with double-figured game points were Stephen Decker of The Mount Academy Team One (11.5), Rudi Meier of the Mount Academy Team One (11), Ella Collins of Cornwall Central HS (11), Keenan Cleary of Rondout Valley HS (10.5), and A. J. Fini of Monroe-Woodbury HS Team Two (10).

Check here to view players’ points stats.

End-Of-Season Swiss Tournament

The End-Of-Season Swiss tournament was held as the same time as the playoffs. Ella Collins of Cornwall Central HS won the 24-player event with a perfect 5-0 score. Second-through-fourth-place finishers, scoring four points apiece, were Kennan Cleary of Rondout Valley HS, Lucas Donellan of Cornwall Central HS, and Dylan Blough of The Mount Academy.

The above event was a combination of an individual and team tournament. The top four scores of individuals from the same school counted as that school’s points The top three teams were Cornwall Central HS (15 points), Kingston HS (11.5 points), and The Mount Academy (8 points).

Please check here to view End-Of-Season tournament crosstable.

Please view the league’s website www.mhschess.com for more information on the 2015-16 season and the league.

Attention Mid-Hudson Valley, NY schools. If your school is interested in participating in the MHSCL league next season, please email LDKing1313@yahoo.com

Saturday, March 5, 2016

2014-15 MHSCL Playoff Preview


Monroe-Woodbury HS Team Two clinched the fourth and final playoff spot, defeating Cornwall Central .HS, 5-4, at Cornwall HS on February 25. This match was played five days later than the scheduled date because several students had to take exams.


Monroe-Woodbury HS Team Two will face Monroe-Woodbury HS Team One and The Mount Academy Team One will play Kingston High School Team One.


The two Monroe-Woodbury team paired against each other would be the fourth time in league history that two teams from the same school faced each other in the playoffs. The two Cornwall Teams played each other twice, in the semi-finals in 2009-10 when Cornwall Team One defeated Cornwall Team Two, 5-4, and in 2012-13, when Cornwall Central Team Two upset Cornwall Central Team One, 5-4,  in the championship match.



The MHSCL playoffs will take place March 5 at Cornwall HS.

Friday, January 15, 2016

MHSCL Season October - December 2015

The Mid-Hudson Scholastic Chess League (MHSCL) launched its 14th season by holding the Kickoff Swiss tournament on November 7, 2015, at Cornwall Central High School in Cornwall, NY. Thirty-seven players participated in the event.



When the tournament ended, Stephen Decker of The Mount Academy won the tournament, winning all five games. Six players tied for second-place with 4 points (in tiebreak order) : Ella Collins of Cornwall Central HS, Carl Tyce of James O'Neill HS, Joshua Grossbohlin of Kingston HS, Uriel Calixto of Kingston HS, Gideon Shirky of The Mount Academy, and Emil Vyskocil of Cornwall Central HS.



The event was a combination of an individual and team tournament. The top four scorers of players from the same school counted as that school's team points. Prior to the last round, Cornwall Central HS and The Mount Academy each had 12 points, and Kingston 11.5 points. The Mount Academy, winning three points in the last round, won the team trophy with 15 points. Kingston leapfrogging over Cornwall Central HS, claimed the runnerup spot with 14 points, and Cornwall Central HS finished in third place with 13.5 points.



After two rounds of the match portion of the season, four teams had perfect 2-0 records. Cornwall Central HS Team One defeated Kingston Team Two and James O’Neill by 6-3 scores. The Mount Academy Team One narrowly defeated Monroe-Woodbury HS Team Two 5-4 and swept Kingston HS Team Two, 9-0. Monroe-Woodbury HS Team One defeated The Mount Academy Team Two, 8-1, and Cornwall Central HS Team Two, 7-2. Kingston HS Team One beat Roundout Valley HS, 6-3, and dominated Highland Falls Middle School, 8-1.



Rounds three and four, which will be played January 16, 2016, at the Mount Academy, will clarify the playoff picture. Cornwall Central HS Team One will play The Mount Academy Team One in the third round and. Monroe-Woodbury HS Team One will play Kingston HS Team One in round four.


Please check www.mhschess.com for more information on the league.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

2014-15 MHSCL Season In Review


The Mount Academy Team Two won the 2014-15 Mid-Hudson Scholastic Chess League (MHSCL) championship by compiling a record of 5-0 during the match portion of the season, and defeating Rondout Valley HS and Monroe-Woodbury in post-season play. The other team from The Mount Academy, The Mount Academy Team One, also went 5-0 in matches before losing to Monroe-Woodbury in the semi-finals. It was the first time in which two teams from the same school finished in first place with perfect scores. Here is a summary of the 13th MHSCL season.

Kickoff Swiss Tournament

The Mount Academy started the season on the good note by scoring 16.5 points to win the Team Championship in the 34-player Kickoff tournament that was held last October 25. Cornwall Central High School finished in second-place on tiebreaks Kingston High School (each had 12 points). Rondout Valley High School finished in fourth-place, one-half point below Cornwall Central and Kingston. The top four scores from the individuals attending the same school counted for that school’s team score.

Titus Decker of The Mount Academy finished in first with a 5-0 record. Lucas Donnellan (Cornwall Central), Rudi Meier (The Mount Academy), and Stephen Decker (The Mount Academy) finished in second-through-fourth place, each scoring 4.0 points. Seven of the top ten players were from The Mount Academy.

Match Play

The Mount Academy players continued to perform well, as both teams won their five matches. In the first round, The Mount Academy Team One rallied from a 3-0 set-one deficit to defeat Rondout Valley, 5-4. Rondout Valley High School clinched a playoff spot after defeating Kingston 7-2 in the fourth round.

Cornwall Central HS Team One and Monroe-Woodbury battled for the fourth playoff spot. Led by Kostya Shetekauri’s three wins, Monoroe-Woodbury clinched the playoff spot, defeating the five-time defending champs, 6.5-2.5. It was the first time since 2003-04 season that Monroe-Woodbury participated in post-season play.


Please click here to view standings.


Individual Points: Kostya Shetekuri lea all individuals with 15 points in 15 games. Kyle Pacia of Middletown HS finished in second with 14 points, Aman Patel of Kingston High School and Meteo Wareham of The Mount Academy Team One each had 11 points, Ella Collins of Cornwall Cenrtral HS Team One had 9.5 points.

Playoffs

Semi-Finals

Monroe-Woodbury High School vs The Mount Academy Team One: Kostya Shetekuri’s Three wins and Jordan Glass’s two wins led Monroe-Woodbury to a 7-2 win over The Mount Academy Team One.

The Mount Academy Team Two vs Rondout Valley Hish School: Rondout Valley only had only two players. One would think the match would be an easy win for The Mount Academy since it would get three forfeit wins and needed only two wins out of six games to advance to the finals. . Also, in the fifth round, Rondout Valley lost, 9-0 to The Mount Academy Team Two. This was not the case. The match was tied 3-3 after two sets. Aiden Cullo had two wins and Brian Wiebke won one game. In the third set, Titus Decker and Judah Ben-Eliezer won their games (plus the forfeit win), clinching the match for The Mount Academy Team Two, 6-3.


Consolation Match: Rondout Valley vs The Mount Academy Team One. The match was tied, 3-3, after the second set. Jeff Baird won the third-set game and the forfeit win resulted in The Mount Academy Team One winning the match, 5-4. Brian Wiebke won three games for Rondout Valley.

Rondout Valley’s Brian Wiebke and Aiden Cullo battled their opponents in the playoffs despite odds stacked against them.


Championship Match: The Mount Academy Team Two vs Monroe-Woodbury: Rudi Meier’s two wins and Titus Decker, Stephen Decker, and Judah Ben-Eliezer winning one game each helped The Mount Academy win its first championship, 5-4. Kostya Shetekuri won three games and Jordan Glass one game for Monroe-Woodbury.

While the playoff matches were held in Cornwall High School’s library, the End-Of-Season Swiss tournament took place in the school’s cafeteria. Ella Collins of Cornwall High School finished first the event, wining four games and drawing one. Second-through-four-place finishers, with 3.5 points each and in tie-breaking order, were Carl Tyce of James O’Neill HS, Jensine Orcullo of Cornwall Central HS, and Rourke Bywater of Cornwall Central HS.



End-Of-Season Swiss Tournament: The End-Of-Season Swiss event was also a combination of individual and team tournament. Cornwall Central HS won the team trophy with 14.5 points. Kingston High School, with 11 points, held on to win second place, After a slow start, James O’Neill High School finished in third with 10 points.

Please view the league’s website, mhscl.lktechnodude.com,   for additional information on the 2014-15 season and the league.



Attention Mid-Hudson Valley, New York, High, Junior, and Elementary Schools - If your school is interested in participating in the MHSCL league next year, please email LDKing@yahoo.com


 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

2013-14 MHSCL Season Recap

Cornwall Central HS Team One became the first team in the Mid-Hudson Scholastic Chess League (MHSCL) to win five consecutive championships when it defeated Rondout Valley Team One, 5-4, in a very tough match. Cornwall broke Newburgh Free Academy's four-peat record (from 2004 to 2007).


Kick-Off Tournament

Thirty-One players participated in the 2013-14 Kickoff tournament. Chase Huestis of Cornwall Central HS won the event on tiebreaks.over five players. Rondout Valley HS won the team trophy on tiebreaks over Corwall Central HS. Click here for the Kick-Off tournament blog, here for crosstable.



MHSCL Season

Rondout Valley HS Team One finished in first-place with a perfect 5-0 record in the Kasparov Conference. The other undefeated team was The Mount Academy Team One, which finished with 4.5 points. A draw versus Middletown High School prevented The Mount Academy Team One from finishing with a perfect record.

Click here for the final 2013-14 standings.



 

Top Players’ Individual Points during the match portion of the season: Thomas Roddy of Rondout Valley HS Team One 14 points; Ian Fade of Rondout Valley Team One 13 points; Kostya Shetekauri of Monroe-Woodbury HS 12 points; Chase Huestis of Cornwall Central HS Team One 12 points; Kyle Pacia of Middletown HS 11.5 points; Lucas Donnellan of Cornwall Central HS Team Two 11.5 points.



Playoff Results

Semi-Final Matches

Rondout Valley HS Team One vs James O'Neill HS: Thomas Roddy's three wins and Ian Fade's two wins guided Rondout Valley to a 6.5-2.5 match victory over James O'Neill.

Cornwall Central HS Team One vs The Mount Academy Team One: Kyle Emanuelle’s three wins and Chase Huestis' one-and-a-half points led Cornwall to a 5.5-3.5 victory over The Mount Academy Team One. Shawn Burnett’s two points and Titus Decker’s one-and-a-half points accounted for The Mount Academy points.

Consolation Match

James O'Neill clinched third place as a result of its 5-4 win over The Mount Academy Team One. Denthew Learey won three games and Timothy.Mills had two victories for James O’Neill. Titus Decker won two games for The Mount Academy.

Championship Match

The top two teams in the Kasparov Conference met in the championship match. Chase Huestis and Ella Collins won their set three games to give Cornwall Central HS Team One a 5-4 win over Rondout Valley Team One. Ian Fade and Thomas Roddy had two victories apiece for Rondout Valley. The championship match went down to the wire, lasting almost three hours.
 


End-Of-Season Swiss Tournament

As the playoffs matches were being played in the Cornwall High School’s library, the 29-player End-Of-Season Swiss tournament games took place in the school’s cafeteria. The above event was a also a team tournament in which the top four scores from individuals attending the same school counted for that school's team score.

Carl Thomson of The Mount Academy won the event with a perfect 5-0 score. Second through fourth-place finishers, in tie-break order and all with four points, were Sam Fisher of Monroe-Woodbury High School, Lucas Donnellan of Cornwall Central High School, and Jesine Orcullo of Cornwall Central High School. Players with 3.5 points were Asa Witt of Rondout Valley High School, Aman Patel of Kingston High School, and Scott Abbot of Monroe-Woodbury High School.

Vince Orcullo, Jesine’s older brother who also attended Cornwall Central HS, finished in fourth place in last year’s End-Of-Swiss tournament with 3.5 points.

Cornwall Central High School won the team portion of the End-Of-Season Swiss tournament on tiebreaks over The Mount Academy High School. Both teams scored 13 points. Monroe-Woodbury High School, finished third, scoring 12.5 points. Rondout Valley High School finished in fourth with 11 points.

Please view the league's website for detailed information on the 2013-14 season.

Attention Mid-Hudson Valley High, Junior, and Elementary Schools: If your school is interested in participating in the league next year, please email LDKing1313@yahoo.com.




 

 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

One Playoff Spot Claimed; Seven Teams Battle for Three Spots


After nine matches (including three make-up matches), were played January 11 at The Mount Academy. Rondout Valley HS Team One clinched first-place in the Kasparov Division with a 4-0 record and better tiebreaks than Cornwall Central HS Team One (which lost to Rondout Valley HS Team One in round two).


The first tiebreak is head-to-head competition. The second-tiebreak is number of game points.
Cornwall Central Team One clinches second-place if it defeats The Mount Academy in the last round.
 
The Mount Academy Team Two can clinch second-place if it defeats Cornwall Team One and Monroe-Woodbury draws or loses vs Highland Falls Middle School.



There is a possibility of a three-way tie for second-place if Cornwall Central HS Team One loses and both Monroe-Woodbury and The Mount Academy win. If this is a case, Cornwall Central HS Team One has an advantage since it has an eight-game point advantage over Monroe-Woodbury and nine-and-a-half game point advantage over The Mount Academy Team Two.


In the Fischer Conference, Cornwall Central HS Team Two clinches first if it defeats The Mount Academy Team One. The other playoff scenarios are unclear because two postponed matches have to be played in addition to round five matches.


Kostya Shetekuri of Monroe-Woodbury leads individual players with 12 wins in 12 games. Kyle Pacia of Middletown has 11.5 points out of 12 games. Two other players with double-digit points are Thomas Roddy of Rondout Valley Team One with 11 wins in 12 games and Ian Fade of Rondout Valley Team One with 10.5; points in 12 games.



The date of the fifth-round match is February 22, 2014.
 
Please visit mhscl.lkechnodude.com for more information on the league..