One Tree Hill College
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.
There are two others schools entered at the moment. I am confident we can win.
But we need at least 4 players from OTHC to play some games so we can qualify for the National Finals.
AND this is the same system that the National Finals use for the online tournament (which may be the only one because of Covid) so it is good training.
Let's talk about what you need to do:
If you have any problems contact Wayne McDougall
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone or text mobile 021669768
- 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.
- 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:
- Go to Tornelo 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
- Click "Add One Player" and then enter your first and last name, and then click on "Next Step"
- Click on "New Player Profile" and then click on "Finish"
- Now choose your player name
- Now click on "Next Step"
- Choose Senior
- If Group/Team name is blank, type in "One T" and then you can click on "One Tree Hill College" from the pop up list. Choose the one with the most entries.
- If estimated rating is blank, put in 1000 and then
- Click on "Next Step"
- If blank, put in your contact phone number and click on "Next Step"
- Now choose "Pay later" and then click on "Confirm Entry". You should receive an email confirming your entry.
- It's pretty easy when you just do it. Please make the effort. Please contact Wayne McDougall if you have any issues.
- 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.
- It would help if you register as part of the school chess team so we can contact you easily.
- On Thursday:
- Ideally you should be in school uniform as you are competing and representing your school
- 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.
- Some players will be chosen at random, or if playing very well, to have their webcams on so they can be observed
- 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.
- If anything weird does happen, there is both the online chat and also a Call Arbiter button to click on
- 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.
Every Friday after school we meet in the library until 5.30pm for training games. FIDE National Instructor Wayne McDougall coaches when we can (at Level 1). Currently aiming for every day (late arrival on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday). You can contact him on mobile 021 669 768. But he may not reply immediately if he is busy training pupils.
The chess club is free to join. Some competitions may have additional entry and transport fees. If money is a challenge in your household please contact Ms Squibbs 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.
We want information so we may
- contact you in the event of a problem (eg if an event is cancelled)
- keep you child safe
- notify you about upcoming chess competitions
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.
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 Ms Squibbs. We don't want anyone with ability and determination to miss out because of the cost.
We plan to enter:
- Respect - we treat everyone with respect, including our opponents - the people we play with
- Honesty - we play fair. We don't cheat. We don't accuse others of cheating
- Friendliness - we win graciously. We lose graciously
- Curiosity - we ask for help when we need help
- Excellence - We play with honour and do our best
- We stay safe. We don't throw pieces
- We tell an adult if we have a problem
- All school rules still apply
Some of these are qualification events for other competitions.
- NZCF Interschool in May
- ChessPower Cluster around May -We WON
- Auckland Girls Championship around June - POSTPONED TO 6 November
- ChessPower National Finals 24 October - top 5 players only
- NZ Girls Team Championship around August - PROBABLY CANCELLED DUE TO COVID
We will post more details here as timetables for events are announced. Most of these have entry fees. They are all optional.