Mt Roskill Intermediate School

National Online Finals TOMORROW (Friday) 26 November You have been selected for the school chess team. You have to play from home.

Key Advice

  1. Go to bed on time tonight Thursday. Staying up latew playing chess will mean you play worse tomorrow.
  2. Go to the toilet between your rounds. Have snacks between rounds. You are not supposed to leave your chess playing station during a game. You can leave between rounds.
  3. You should wear school uniform
  4. Play slowly. Don't be overconfident when winning. Play carefully. No stalemates. If you are not checking the King, check that your opponent can move.
  5. Every game is important. Even if you have only won 2 games out of 8, your last game may decide whether your team gets medals. Don't get discouraged. Try to win as many games as you can.
  6. Don't do anything that might make someone think you are cheating. Don't talk to anyone else. Don't play chess games on your phone between rounds. No chess books out. Nothing.

    Do not cheat. I know none of you would cheat, but don't do anything even for fun or to be silly. Don't look at your phone or other devices while playing your games. Don't talk to other people or let people talk to you. Don't worry if you think the other person is cheating because they will be caught. You don't need to accuse them.

  7. If anything weird does happen, there is both the online chat and also a Call Arbiter button to click on

Key playing information

  1. You need to have a device that you can connect to zoom that will WATCH YOU PLAYING - showing both you and the screens you are playing on. So you may play on a laptop and have a tablet or phone that is filming you. This is to stop cheating.

    If you have a problem doing this you can borrow a loan device from the school first thing tomrrow morning. Conatct Wayne if you need any help.

  2. There are 9 rounds. Each player has 15 minutes, so games last a maximum of 30 minutes.
  3. The school has generously agreed to pay the $35 entry fee. Thank them some time.
  4. The online check and registration start form 8.30am with the first game starting at 10am. The last game will finish at 5.30pm.
  5. Your school has excused you from online/onsite lessons for Friday
  6. If there is more than one person playing in your house, you should be in separate rooms

Online Games

Most of you will have played on Tornelo before.

Used Tornelo Before

Haven't Used Tornelo Before

It's important we have a practice. First you need to create an account:
  • Go to this practice event and click on the button "Register Now"
  • If you already have a Tornelo login click on "Click here to sign in".
    Otherwise fill in the form and click on "Create Account" and follow the steps. Don't forget the password you choose!
  • Now you can choose your Player Name - if it is not already listed then
    1. Click "Add One Player" and then enter your first and last name, and then click on "Next Step"
    2. Click on "New Player Profile" and then click on "Finish"
    3. Now click on "Next Step"
    4. Choose "Junior"
    5. If Group/Team name is blank, type in "Mt Roskill Int" and then you can click on "Mt Roskill Intermediate School" from the pop up list. Choose the one with the most entries.
    6. If estimated rating is blank, put in 600 and then
    7. Click on "Next Step"
    8. If blank, put in your contact phone number and click on "Next Step"
    9. Now choose "Pay later" and then click on "Confirm Entry". You should receive an email confirming your entry.
    10. It's pretty easy when you just do it. Please make the effort. Please contact Wayne McDougall if you have any issues.

      Then choose to check-in and we can practice playing some games online.

    Then On Friday: If you have any problems getting set up or connected contact Wayne McDougall Email waynemcdougall@gmail.com or phone or text mobile 021669768

    ChessPower Information


    Upcoming competitions

    We plan to enter: Some of these are qualification events for other competitions.

    We will post more details here as timetables for events are announced. Most of these have entry fees. They are all optional. ->

  • Privacy Policy
  • Aims of the Chess Team
  • Our behaviour expectations
  • Competitions we plan to enter as a school

    News

    Online tournament this Thursday 21 October

    We want you to be part of the school online chess team and compete for a place at the ChessPower National Finals. We can win this.

    There is a $10 cost to compete. If this is too much for you, then please contact Wayne McDougall to discuss your options. Because we really want you to play if you are available.

    NEWSFLASH: The school will pay the entry fee for the top 16 students

    This is the same system that the National Finals for the online tournament (which may be the only one because of Covid) so it is good training.

    If we win we get to add an extra person to our National Finals team

    Let's talk about what you need to do:

    1. The tournament will run from 11am to 2pm. You should let your teachers know that you will be unavailable for any online learning scheduled for that tiime.
    2. The tournament is hosted on an online system named Tornelo. If you have not used Tornelo before you need to create a login. It is free to do so. This can take a while so do it now. Contact Wayne McDougall if you have any problems. Here's what you need to do:
      1. Go to Tornelo and click on the button "Register Now"
      2. If you already have a Tornelo login click on "Click here to sign in".
        Otherwise fill in the form and click on "Create Account" and follow the steps. Don't forget the password you choose!
      3. Now you can choose your Player Name - if it is not already listed then
        1. Click "Add One Player" and then enter your first and last name, and then click on "Next Step"
        2. Click on "New Player Profile" and then click on "Finish"
        3. Now choose your player name
      4. Now click on "Next Step"
      5. Choose "Intermediate"
      6. If Group/Team name is blank, type in "Mt Roskill Int" and then you can click on "Mt Roskill Intermediate" from the pop up list. Choose the one with the most entries.
      7. If estimated rating is blank, put in 800 and then
      8. Click on "Next Step"
      9. If blank, put in your contact phone number and click on "Next Step"
      10. Now choose "Pay later" and then click on "Confirm Entry". You should receive an email confirming your entry.
      11. It's pretty easy when you just do it. Please make the effort. Please contact Wayne McDougall if you have any issues.
      12. Get your device ready. A mouse is much easier to use than a touch-screen or a track pad. Ideally you should have a webcam. Make sure you have a place where you can use the device, keep it charged, connected to the internet from 11am to about 2pm.
    3. It would help if you register as part of the school chess team so we can contact you easily.
    4. On Thursday:
      1. Ideally you should be in school uniform as you are competing and representing your school
      2. If possible you should have your webcam on while you are playing your games. You do not need to keep it on in between game rounds. You should not leave your computer during the game, so make sure you use the toilet before your game. Have a drink close to hand.
      3. Some players will be chosen at random, or if playing very well, to have their webcams on so they can be observed
      4. Do not cheat. I know none of you would cheat, but don't do anything even for fun or to be silly. Don't look at your phone or other devices while playing your games. Don't talk to other people or let people talk to you. Don't worry if you think the other person is cheating because they will be caught. You don't need to accuse them.
      5. If anything weird does happen, there is both the online chat and also a Call Arbiter button to click on
      6. At 10.45am get connected and signed in, and join the Zoom chat room - there is a button on the Tornelo website to connect to Zoom.
    If you have any problems contact Wayne McDougall Email waynemcdougall@gmail.com or phone or text mobile 021669768

    About the School Chess Team

    Every Wednesday lunchtime we meet in Whare Hiringa next to the library for training games. FIDE National Instructor Wayne McDougall coaches. You can contact him on mobile 021 669 768. But he may not reply immediately if he is busy training pupils.

    It is free to join the school chess team. Some competitions may have additional entry and transport fees. If money is a challenge in your household please contact Mr Berry or a senior staff member to discuss your options. We do not want anyone to be excluded from chess because of financial pressures.

    If you do not know how to play chess we can teach you. You can learn at any age.

    Register

    First Name:
    Last Name:
    School Year:
    Room number:
    School House:
    Date of birth:
    Some chess competitions are for girls onlyAre you a girl?
    Mobile Phone Number:
    Contact Email Address:
    Please list any food allergies you may have:
    Please list any other health or behaviour problems we should know about:

    Your privacy is important

    We want information so we may

    This information will only ever be used for school chess purposes. We collect birth dates as some chess competitions are divided into age groups.

    You can contact us at any time to review and correct information we have stored about you or to have that information removed.

    Photos and video recordings may be taken of you in accordance with New Zealand law. These photos may be used for promoting the school and chess. Photos and recordings may be taken of you as they compete in chess competitions in public places run by other organisations.

    What we are going to do

    We're going to have fun playing chess and get better at chess.

    We're going to enter chess competitions. There will often be entry fees. There may be transport costs. Some competitions are open to anyone. Some have restricted entries so we will choose our best players to attend. Attending outside competitions is not required but will make you better and give you a goal.

    If the cost of competition is a problem for your family, you can discuss in private with Mr Berry. We don't want anyone with ability and determination to miss out because of the cost.

    Our Values are Reflected in our Behaviour

    Upcoming competitions

    We plan to enter: Some of these are qualification events for other competitions.

    We will post more details here as timetables for events are announced. Most of these have entry fees. They are all optional. -->