CHESS
By Jeremy Bloom

Who says that chess is not a sport?

Athletics for the brain!

And if you think it isn't hard,

Allow me to explain. .
 
 

Now, any jerk can throw a ball;

Baboons can learn to skate;

But playing chess is something else

You have to concentrate.
 
 

The strategies are quite complex,

And that's my favorite part.

You really can't be good at chess

Unless you're very smart.
 
 

And bold and strong, aggressive too;

You cannot hesitate

In this, the military game

Of capture, check, and mate.
 
 

I know I'm not a master yet,

I'm sure I will improve

As soon as I can work out how

Those funny pieces move.
 


 

Pictures of 2004-2005


 
 


 
 
 
 


 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 

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2004-2005

Tournaments' Results


 
Tournament, Date, Participants
Results
1-First MHS In-house Chess Tournament. Sept. 20-30. Ranking players. Frank Hernandez-1st, Léster Mollinedo-2nd, Gerardo Muñoz-3rd, José Salgado-4th, Lucas Monsalve-5th.
2-MHS Tournament "The Challenge". Oct. 26-29. Frank Hernandez-1st, Gerardo Muñoz-2nd, Arthur Alvarez-3rd, José Salgado-4th, Luis Ferrer-5th.
3-MDCPS Regions V/VI. Nov-6, 2004.
Partic.: Homestead, Edison &  MHS 
Frank Hernandez-4 points, José Salgado-4 points, Gerardo Muñoz-3.5 points, Marlon Oliva-3-points, Léster Mollinedo-3 points. (Total points: 17.5 / 25) ------- First Place as a Team--------
4-MDCPS Region III. Dec. 4, 2004.
Partic: Edison vs. MHS 
Gerardo Muñoz-5pts, Léster Mollinedo-5pts, Frank Hernandez-4.5 pts, Yasmany López-4 pts, José Salgado-3pts.
(Total Points: 21.5 / 25) -------- First Place as a Team -----------
5-MDCPS Region II. Jan 8, 2005. 
American Senior vs. MHS
Frank Hernandez-4 pts, Yasmany López-3 pts, José Salgado-3 pts, Lucas Monsalve- 2 pts, Arthur Alvarez-2 pts.
(Total Points: 14 / 25)--------- First Place as a Team------------
6-MDCPS Region I. Feb. 5, 2005.
Partic.: Jackson, Matter Academy, Edison and MHS. 
Frank Hernandez-4 pts, Gerardo Muñoz-4 pts, José Salgado-4 pts, Yasmany López-3.5 pts, Arthur Alvarez-3.5 pts.
(Total Points: 19 / 25)---------Second Place as a Team------------
7-MDCPS Region IV. March 12, 2005.
Partic.: Jackson, Matter Academy, Booker T. Washington, Edison and MHS.
Gerardo Muñoz-4.5 pts, David Herrera-4pts, Marlon Oliva-3 pts, Yasmany López-3 pts, Rafael Briño-3 pts.
(Total Points: 17.5 / 25) ------First Place as a Team---------
8-Supernationals III. April 8-10. Nashville, Tennessee.
Category: K-12 Unrated. Partic.: 35 High Schools, 157 Players.
Gerardo Muñoz-6 pts (4th place), Frank Hernandez-5.5 pts (10th place), José Salgado-5 pts, Yasmany López-4 pts.
(Total Points: 20.5 / 28) ------Second Place as a Team------
9-Miami Dade College Tournament. April 23, 2005.
Partic.: 32 High Schools, 107 Players.
Frank Hernandez-5.5 pts, José Salgado- 4.5, Yasmany López-4.5, Derek Lirio-4.5.
(Total Points: 19 / 28) --------Third Place as a Team--------
10-MDCPS District Championship. May 21, 2005.
Partic.: Jackson, Edison, Matter Academy, Homestead, American, and MHS. 
Martin Chávez-4 pts, David Herrera-4 pts, Gerardo Muñoz-3.5 pts, José Salgado-3 pts, Arthur Alvarez-2 pts.
(Total Points: 16.5 / 25) ------Third Palace as a team-------- 

    We did pretty well for our first year !!!! 


Pictures & Tournaments


 


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Our visit to the Chess Hall of Fame and Museum
February 18, 2006





 
 
 
 



 


 


 

 

Celebrating at Islas Canarias Restaurant



 
 







Celebrating at Rey Pizza




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Well, we finished the year as District Champions and 4th. Place in the State. Pity we were not able to participate in the Nationals because of money. Maybe next year.
But we still had our own fun.

Tournament Results 2005-2006

Tournament, Date, Participants
Results
1-Miami High 2nd. In-house tournament: Sept. 6-8, 2005; 22 players Camilo Arango 1st., Frank Hernandez 2nd., Gerardo Muñoz 3rd.,
Luis Ferrer 4th. and Arthur Alvarez 5th.
2-First MICA Scholastic Grand Prix: September 24, 2005
Jane Roberts K-8 Center, 14850 Cottonwoods Cr.
Participants in 8-12 Category: Twelve (12) Schools and 51 Players.
From MHS: 15 players.
Camilo Arango 5/5 (1st. place), Alain Diaz 4/5 (5th. place), 
Gerardo Muñoz 4/5 (7th. place), Frank Hernandez 3.5/5 (9th place),
Luis Ferrer 3/5 (11th. place). As a team: First Place (19.5 points)
3-Second MICA Scholastic Grand Prix: October 15, 2005
Archbishop Curley Notre-Dame High School. 4949 N.E. 2nd. Av. Participants in 8-12 Category: Seventeen (17) Schools and 68 Players. From MSH: 12 players
Camilo Arango 4.5 / 5 (1st.place), Alex Osorio 4 / 5 (5th. place),
Frank Hernandez 3 / 5 (12th place), Alain Diaz 3 / 5 (14th place),
Gerardo Muñoz 3 / 5 (20th.place). As a team: First Place (17.5)
4-Third MICA Scholastic Grand Prix: November 5, 2005
Archbishop Curley Notre-Dame High School. 4949 N.E. 2nd. Av. Participants in 8-12 Category: Nine (9) Schools and 30 Players. From MSH: 13 players.
Camilo Arango 4 / 5 (3rd place), Javier Rodriguez 4 / 5 (4th place),
Arthur Alvarez 4 / 5 (5th place), Alain Diaz 4 / 5 (6th place),
Gerardo Muñoz 3 / 5 (8th place). As a team: First Place (19 points)
5-Fourth MICA Scholastic Grand Prix: December 3, 2005
Archbishop Curley Notre-Dame High School. 4949 N.E. 2nd. Av.
Participants in 8-12 Category: Eight (8) Schools and 32 Players.
From MSH: 10 players
Camilo Arango 5 / 5 (1st place), Alain Diaz  3 / 5 (11th place),
Alex Osorio 3 / 5 (13th place), Gerardo Muñoz 3 / 5 (14th place),
Arthur Alvarez 2.5 / 5 (16th place). As a team: First Place (16.5 points).
6-Title I Chess Program, Region II. Nautilus Middle School,     Dec. 10, 2005. Participants in 9-12: Four (4) schools & twenty-six (26) players. From MSH: 8 players (that's the maximum allowed to play per school) Camilo Arango 5 / 5, Arthur Alvarez 3 / 5, Alain Diaz 3 / 5 and
Alex Osorio 3 / 5 (only the top 4 players count). As a team: Second Place (14 points) Homestead defeated us by 3 points.
7-Fifth MICA Scholastic Grand Prix: January 7th, 2006
Archbishop Curley Notre-Dame High School, 4949 N.E. 2nd. Av.
Participants in 8-12 Category: Six (6) Schools and 40 Players. From MSH: 9 players.
Camilo Arango 5 / 5 (1st place), Alain Diaz 4 / 5 (5th place), Alex Osorio 3.5 / 5 (8th place), Luis Ferrer 3 / 5 (17th place) and
Eugemir Guedes  2.5 / 5 (19th place). As a Team: First Place (18 points)
8-Sixth MICA Scholastic Grand Prix; February 11th. 2006
Rockway Middle School, 9393 SW 29 Terrace
Participants in 8-12 Category: Eleven (11) Schools and 59 Players. From MSH: 12 players.
Camilo Arango 5 / 5 (1st place), Frank Hernandez 4 / 5 (4th place),
Alain Diaz 3.5 / 5 (12th place), Alex Osorio 3 / 5 (14th place) and
Idael Rivero 3 / 5 (15th place). As a team: First Place (18.5points).
9-Title I Chess Program, Region IV, February 25, 2006. 
Booker T. Washington. Participants: Four (4) High Schools, Thirty-eight (38) players.From MSH: 8 players (that's the maximum allowed to play per school)
Camilo Arango 5/5, Alberto Delgado 3/5, Frank Hernandez 3/5,
Gerardo Muñoz 3/5 and Luis Ferrer 3/5. As a team: Second Place (17 points). Homestead defeated us again by 2 points this time.
10-Seventh MICA Scholastic Grand Prix: March 4th. 2006
Rockway Middle School, 9393 SW 29 Terrace
Participants in 8-12 Category: Nine (9) Schools and 19 Players. From MSH: Only 4 players.
Camilo Arango....5 / 5 (1st place), Alain Diaz 4 / 5 (3rd place),
Alberto Delgado 3 / 5 (6th place) and Jesus Acosta 3 / 5 (7th place). As ateam: First Place (15 points).
11-Miami Dade College, 2nd. Armando Bucelo High Schools Chess Tournament, March 18, 2006. Seven Rounds. Participants: Twenty-three (23) Schools and 77 Players. From MSH: 12 players. Camilo Arango 6/7 (3rd place. He won a two-years full scholarship to study at Miami Dade College), Alberto Delgado 5.5/7 (6th place), Javier Rodriguez 4/7 (23rd place), Gerardo Muñoz 4/7 (35th  place) and Marlon Oliva 4/7 (37th place). As a team: First Place (23.5 points).
12-Florida State Scholastic Chess Championship 2006
Sheraton Hotel, March 24-26. Participating Teams / Schools: 40, Participating Players: 126. Six Rounds. From MSH: 11 players.
Camilo Arango 5 / 6  (Selected as Player of the Year of Miami-Dade County), Alain Diaz 4 / 6, Gerardo Muñoz 3 / 6, Jesus Acosta  3 / 6, Alberto Delgado 3 / 6 and Alex Osorio 3 / 6. 

--First Place: University School of Nova (Av. Rating: 1982): 19 / 24
--Second Place: Felix Varela Senior (Av. Rating: 1648): 18 / 24
--Third Place: Hialeah High  (Av. Rating: 1783): 18 / 24
--Fouth Place: Miami Senior High (Av. Rating: 1578): 15 / 24)
--Fifth Place: Homestead Senior High (Av. Rating: 1170): 14.5 / 24

13-Title I Chess Program, Miami Dade County District Championship. Booker T. Washington, May 6th. 2006
Participants: 4 Schools & 26 Players. From MSH: 7 players.
First Place:  Idael Delgado   5 / 5
Second Place: Camilo Arango 5 / 5
Third Place: Alex Osorio 4 / 5
Fourth Place: Javier Abreu: 4 / 5
Fifth Place: Derek Lirio: 4 / 5
Sixth Place: Alberto Delgado 3 / 5
As a team: First Place, District Champions. We won all the individual trophies



2006-2007

Miami High 3rd. In-house Tournament
August 24-31

 Participants: 35 players
9 Rounds
Top Ten Players:

First Place:  Juan Camilo Arango........9 points

Second Place: Alberto Delgado...........7 points

Third Place: Javier Abreu...................7 points

Fourth Place: Derek Lirio...................7 points

Fifth Place:  Juan Cordon....................5.5 points

Sixth Place: Alejandro de la Flor.........5.5 points

Seventh Place: Alain Marrero..............5.5 points

Eighth Place: Idael Rivero...................5 points

Ninth Place: Kevin Lirio......................5 points

Tenth Place: Andy Martinez................5 points


 
 


 
 

                 We start this 3rd. year with 40 players, from which 26 are new in the team, 18 are freshmen and sophomores and 7 are girls. It seems a promising year.


First Tournament MICA Grand Prix of the School Year
September 23rd. 2006, South Miami Middle
Participants: 13 High Schools and 54 players
(22 players from Miami Senior High)

Our Best Players & Schools' Places

Players:
Idael Rivero................4/5 points (6th. place)
Alberto Delgado............4/5 points (8th. place)
Camilo Arango..............4/5 points (11th. place)
Alex Osorio...................4/5 points (12th. place)
Javier Abreu.................3.5/5 points (15th. place)

Schools:
First Place: Miami Senior High..................................16/20 points
Second Place: Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame........14.5/20 points
Third Place: Miami-Dade County School..................13/20 points
Fourth Place: South Miami Senior High....................11.5/20 points
Fifth Place: Coral Park High School............................9.5/20 points

         
 
 


Saturday 21st. 2006: A day full of surprises

Visiting the Chess Hall of Fame & Museum

Even when the the Museum's web site:( http://www.excaliburelectronics.com/map.html ) explains that the Museum is open Saturdays, it isn't. We are all frustated. Then,  we called our friend IM Blas Lugo at the Miami International Chess Academy and smiles were back.

They organized a 'simultaneous exhibition' for us. Later, we played against some of the Academy's regular players and enjoyed Pizza Hut. It was fun after all.


Second Tournament MICA Grand Prix of the School Year
November 4th. 2006, Doral Middle School
Participants: 7 High Schools and 40 players
(19 players from Miami Senior High)

Our Best Players & Schools' Places

Players:
Camilo Arango................4.5/5 points (1st. place)
Alberto Delgado............3.5/5 points
Idael Rivero...................3.5/5 points
Juan Cordon...................3.5/5 points
Andy Martinez...............3.5/5 points

Schools / Teams
First Place: Miami Senior High........15/20 points


             


Celebrating at Rey Pizza


Title I Chess Program Region Tournament
Saturday, November 18th. 2006
Five Rounds.

Participants in K-12 category: 6 High Schools and 38 players (Seven from MHS).
Schools: Jackson, Miami High, Miami Central, Homestead Senior, Mater Academy and Booker T. Washington.

Places:
Homestead Senior.........First Place (19.5 / 25)
Miami Jackson.............Second Place (19 / 25)
Miami Senior................Third Place (16.5 / 25)

Our Best Players:
Camilo Arango..........4 / 5
Alberto Delgado.........3.5 / 5
Jesus Acosta...............3 / 5
Alejandro de la Flor...3 / 5
Javier Abreu...............3 / 5

    


National Scholastic Chess Championship
December 8 - 10, Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, Florida
Seven rounds, G/90


 


 Participants (Grade 11th. & 12th.):
1-Catalina Foothills...................Tucson, AZ
2-Hunter College.................................... NY
3-Columbus High School......Columbus, OH
4-Glenbard South High School................IL
5-Evanston Township...............................IL
6-Hanna High School.........Brownsville, TX
7-DeWitt Clinton High School................NY
8-Friends Academy........Locust Valley, NY
9-Palo Verde H. S...............Las Vegas, NV
10-Miami Senior High School.................FL
11-Miami Jackson High School..............FL
12-Homestead High School.....................FL
13-Archbishop McCarthy........................FL
14-Buchholz High School.........................FL
15-St. Petersburg High School................FL
16-Bartow High School............................FL

Number of Players (11th. & 12th. Grades): 138                Miami Senior: 7 players

 Our Players & Points:
Camilo Arango................4.5
Alberto Delgado..............4.5
Javier Abreu....................4
Alex Osorio......................3.5
Idael Rivero.....................3
Eugemir Guedes..............3
Alejandro de la Flor.........3

Our School won 2nd. Place in 11th. grade and 6th. Place in 12th grade. This was GREAT!!!!
11th. Grade                                                                                             12th. Grade
 1 AZCFHS Catalina Foothills HS, Tucson,A (3)         14.5 
             ARADHYULA, VAISHNAV (5.5,2156) 
             BROWNELL, LANDON (5.0,2250) 
             YEE, VICTOR (4.0,1792) 
  2 FLMISE Miami Senior High, Miami,FL (4)              13.0 
             ARANGO, JUAN CAMILO (4.5,1830) 
             DELGADO, ALBERTO (4.5,1300) 
             ABREU, JAVIER (4.0,1128) 
  3 NYHUNT Hunter College Campus School, N (3)     12.0 
             JOFE, ALEXANDER (4.5,1682) 
             ZLETZ, MICHAEL (4.0,1753) 
             LAUFER, WILLIAM JOSEPH (3.5,1100) 
  4 OHCAHS Columbus Alt HS, Columbus,OH (3)        10.0 
             BURKHOLDER, BENJAMIN MURR (4.0,1691) 
             RUSSELL, WESTLEY A (4.0,1700) 
             CALDWELL, ZEL (2.0,1059) 
  5 FLMJHS Miami Jackson High School, Miam (5)        9.5 
             NAVARRO, DUNIE (3.5,nnnn) 
             QUESADA, SULEIY D (3.0,952) 
             MONTALVA, JOSE E (3.0,1092) 

 
 

1 AZCFHS Catalina Foothills HS, Tucson,A (7)           15.5 
             SAVINE, PAVEL A (6.0,1946) 
             DE SA, CHRISTOPHER MATTHE (5.0,2093) 
             HIGGINS, SEAN K (4.5,2034) 
  2 ILE001 Evanston Township High School,  (7)            13.5 
             DAMASHEK, ELLIOT (5.0,1587) 
             HOWELL, TONY (4.5,1284) 
             SUMMERS, TODD M (4.0,1517)
             HUNT, JESSE J (4.0,710) 
  3 OHCAHS Columbus Alt HS, Columbus,OH (5)        11.5 
             NGO, SON N (4.5,1551) 
             ASHBROOK, ANDREW JAY (3.5,1354) 
             MARSHALL, RICK (3.5,1167) 
  4 FLBART Bartow HS, Bartow,FL (3)                             11.5 
             CAPIK, ANDREW (5.0,1826) 
             SCHELL, DAVID W (5.0,1835) 
             VALENTI, CHARLES DAVID (1.5,nnnn) 
  5 NYDWCL DeWitt Clinton HS, New York,NY (3)      10.0 
             BACCUS, LISA (4.0,1185) 
             SINGH, BRIAN (3.5,1589) 
             SILVER, BAFEMI (2.5,1000) 
  6 FLMISE Miami Senior High, Miami,FL (4)                   9.5 
             OSORIO, ALEX (3.5,nnnn) 
             RIVERO, IDAEL A (3.0,1227) 
             GUEDES, EUGEMIR (3.0,948)         
 

Alberto, Javier and Alex also won First Place individually in their categories.

Our students also had some fun....


 
 


Amazing, remarkable, extraordinary.....


Title I Chess Tournament
North Miami Middle
January 20th. 2007

 Participants: Six (6) High Schools and 32 Players (8 from MHS)

Results:

Teams, Places & Points

1st. Place...Miami Senior High..........21 points

2nd. Place...Miami Jackson Senior......14 points

3rd. Place....Miami Central Senior.......10 points

4th. Place....William Tuner Senior

5th. Place.....Northwestern Senior

6th. Place.....Miami Douglas Macarthur

Best Players (Trophies), Schools & Points

1st. Place.....Juan Camilo Arango...Miami Senior.....5/5 points

2nd. Place.....Alex Alvarez.................Jackson................4.5/5 points

3rd. Place....Alex Osorio...................Miami Senior.....4/5 points

4th. Place....Javier Abreu.................Miami Senior.....4/5 points

5th. Place....Alberto Delgado............Miami Senior.....4/5 points

We got almost all the trophies !!! Not a surprise !!!
 

 


Last round. This time, Alex won the game, but still...Camilo won the tournament's 1st. Place


Four (4) out of five (5) trophies. Not bad, ah?


Celebrating at the new Rey Pizza


3rd. Miami Dade College High School Chess Tournament
March 10th. 2007

Teams / Schools participating: 19
Players: 83

Team Standings:
1st. place: Miami Senior High........18.5 points
2nd. place: Homestead Senior........17.5
3rd. place: Sunset Senior................14.0
4th. place: Jackson Senior..............14.0
5th. place: Coral Gables Senior......12.5

Places of Our Players:
-Camilo Arango: ..........2nd. p-lace.....5/6 points
-Alberto Delgado: ........4th. place........5/6
-Andy Martinez:...........11th. place......4.5/6
-Alex Osorio: ...............14th. place......4/6
-Idael Rivero: ..............16th. place......4/6
-Richard Valdivia:........20th. place......4/6

The welcoming....

 


  

 


2007 Florida Scholastic Championship
MiamiSheraton Mart Hotel
March 23-25

Teams / Schools participating: 28
Players: Open...98; U-1000...52

Team Standings (Open):
1st. place: University School of Nova.......16.5 points
2nd. place: Archbishop McCarthy............15.5
3rd. place: Miami Senior High..................15
4th. place: Homestead Senior....................15
5th. place: Jackson Senior.........................15
6th. place: Gulliver....................................13.5

Team Standings (U-1000):
1st. place: Miami Senior High.........................17 points
2nd. place: Archbishop McCarthy..................16
3rd. place: Miami Beach Senior......................14
4th. place: Lamar Louis Curry.......................13
5th. place: Archbishop Curley Notre Dame..12.5
6th. place Ferguson Senior..............................11.5

Our Best Players:
-Camilo Arango (Open): 3rd. place ......5/6 points
-Alberto Delgado (Open): 31st. place ....3.5/6
-Andy Martinez (Open): 34th. place......3.5/6
-Alfonso Chie (U-1000): 1st. place.........5.5/6
-Richard Valdivia (U-1000): 6th. place..4.5/6
-Julio Lanza (U-1000): 12th. place........4/6
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 


2007 National High School Chess Championship
April 13-16, Kansas City, MO.

Participants:
Teams / Schools: 408 from 39 states
Player: 1416 (more than 40 had a rating of 2000 or higher; 2 were International Masters)

This time we didn't compete as a team because only four (4) players were able to attend (too expensive) and they all had different ratings. Then, they played individually in their corresponding categories. Let's see the results:

-Camilo Arango (Open......375 players): 58th. place......4.5/7 points
-Javier Abreu (U-1500........255 players):   7th. place.....5.5/7
-Alberto Delgado (U-1500..255 players):  41st. place.....4.5/7
-Alfonso Chie (U-1200.......310 players):  2nd. place....6.65/7


Hyatt Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City


 
 



        
 

 

 

 

 
 

   


Title I District Championship
May 5, 2007
Booker T. Washington

Participants:
Five High Schools & 25 Players (6 from MHS)

Results:
Miami Senior High............First Place........22 points
Jackson Senior..................Second Place....16 points
Central Senior High...........Third Place.......12.5  "

Our Players:
Camilo Arango..........First Place (District Champion)........5/5 points (Undefeated)
Richard Valdivia........Second Place.................................5/5     "     (Undefeated)
Alberto Delgado........Third Place....................................4/5     "
Alfonso Chie.............Fifth Place.....................................4/5     ":
Andy Martinez..........Sixth Place.....................................4/5     "

Almost all the trophies......


Florida Invitational Super Stars
May 18-20, 2007, Gainesville Fl.

Participants K-12: 10 schools & 36 players (5 from Miami High)
Results: M.H.S.................2nd. Place as a team
             Camilo Arango....4th. Place individual

  
 

 


From 2004 to 2007, I was M.H.S. chess coach. During the school year 2006-07, I also taught a chess class as an elective course. During these three years, our team won twenty two (22) trophies, most of them first and second places, including: District Champions 2006 and 2007; 3rd. Place Open (2006), 2nd. Place Super Stars (2007), and 1st. Place U-1200 (2007) at State level; 2nd. Place Unrated (2005) and 2nd. Place 11th. Grade (2007) in the Nation. Our team had the best performance among all the school teams in this period. The name of Miami High resounded many times in many stages, from Nashville to Kansas, from Orlando to Gainesville, bringing pride and honor to all of us.

Our players have  always been great.  We had some of the smartest students in the school, like Gerardo Muñoz (Silver Knight Award  winner in 06) and Jesus Acosta (Class of 07 Valedictorian). Our first board during these last two years, Juan Camilo Arango, is among the best scholastic players in the State of Florida and an extraordinary human being. Other brilliant kids, like Martin, Derek, Nahuel and Alfonso decided to challenge themselves playing some chess to complement the "A's" they always got in their classes. Then, we always had some "cubanasos", who loved chess and for whom being part of the team gave them a sense of belonging and a motivation to excel in school. They demonstrated to be smart enough to learn English really fast, moving up from ESOL to Regular to Honor classes, like Salgado, Alberto, and Javier, a.k.a. "El Flaco", who also loves planes. We will never forget Frank, our first team captain or our colorful players "El Negro", "El Guajiro", "El Daddy Yankee" and "El Butty Butty". I was lucky having them. We shared moments of stress, frustration, anxiety, glory, fun, and pizzas that we will never forget. Thanks to them for being such wonderful kids.

Ms. Elizabeth Tejada was the person from the District who brought the first chess sets and clocks to our school. She has always been the "soul" of most of the tournaments we attended, rewarding or comforting our players all the time. Blas and Marcel, from MICA, are the "heart of chess" in our city. Because of them, Miami is an important center of chess in the nation and a magnet for our and many other young players. Without the constant support of Ms Patricia Rembert and Ms Mabel Garcia who provided the resources and made the necessary connections, I wouldn't have been able to do my job as a coach. Infinite thanks to all of them.

Now, I am the chess coach of Hialeah Senior High. I will try to use all I have learned with my new team, which -have not doubts about it- will soon become the best in the District.



 

School Year 2007 - 2008

Chess Tournament "Miami Open"
 

 Date: September, Fri 28-Sun 30
Place: Miami Sheraton Hotel

 1-Participants: 368 players (13 Grandmasters, 11 International Masters, and 8 FIDE Masters)

2-Categories:2.1-Open:     80  players2.2-U2200:   40   players2.3-U2000:   41   players2.4-U1800:   37   players2.5-U1600:   49   players2.6-U1300:   34   players2.7-Unrated: 87   players We had to play seven rounds. Our students performance: Alberto Torres...............5 points...... .4th. place (out of 37) in the  U1800 categoryJonathan Mollineda.....4.5 points...10th. place (out of 49) in the  U1600 categoryMichael Vazquez..........1   points.....40th. place (out of 49) in the U1600 categoryAngel Cardenas............4 points.......25th. place (out of 87) in the Unrated categoryLaura Alonso.................4 points.......31st. place (out of 87) in the Unrated categoryOmar Viton.....................2.5 points....55th. place (out of 87) in the Unrated category

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mini-Tournament
Nov. 10th. 2007
M.I.C.A.
(Five Rounds)

Our Players Performance:

1-Jonathan Mollineda... 3.5 / 5
2-Alejandro Suarez.......3 / 5
3-Omar Viton.............3 / 5
4-Michael Vazquez........2 / 5
5-Angel Cardenas.........2 / 5
6-Laura Alonso...........2 / 5
7-Brian Chirino..........2 / 5
8-Robin Izquierdo........2 / 5
9-Madelyn Argenta....... 1.5 / 5
10-Timur Kuzibaev....... 1 / 5
11-Elizabeth Valdes......0.5 / 5

 

 

 

 

This was just to warm up



  Region II Chess Tournament
Nov. 17, 2007
Five Rounds

Participants:

-Seven (7) High Schools: Jackson, Miami Central, Homestead, Hialeah, Booker  T., Turner, and Northwestern.
-Fifty Three (53) Players (Seven from Hialeah High).

Our Students Performance:

Michael Vazquez......4th. Place.......4 / 5
Laura Alonso...........11th. Place.....3 / 5
Alejandro Suarez......17th. Place.....3 / 5
Brian Chirino...........20th. Place......2.5 / 5
Angel Cardenas........21st. Place......2 / 5
Robin Izquierdo.......23rd. Place.....2 / 5
Omar Viton..............33rd. Place.....1 / 5
 

As a team, we won Fourth (4th.) Place.


MICA Grand Prix
Rockway Middle, December 15, 2007

Participants & Places:

17 schools and 48 players (probably the strongest scholastic tournament organized by MICA, because the strength of the players participating):

1st. Place....Mater Academy.........15.5 points
2nd.  "........Miami Senior.............14.5     "
3rd.   "........Hialeah Senior...........12        "
4th.   "........Rockway Middle..........12        "
5th.   "........Miami Beach Senior.....5.5     "
6th.   "........North Miami Senior.....5        "
7th.   "........South Dade Senior.......5........"
8th.   "........Southwest Senior..........5........"
9th.   "........Ronald Reagan Senior..4........"
10th. "........Key Biscayne Middle....4........"

Our Best Players ( Seven students from Hialeah High participated):

 Michael Vazquez........  6th. place
Jonathan Mollineda....  7th. place
Robin Izquierdo..........27th. place
Laura Alonso..............28th. place
Alejandro Suarez........32nd. place

We did much better this time.


Title I Chess Tournament
Region IV
January 26, 2008

Schools Participating: 10
Students / Players: 59
(Six students from Hialeah High participated):

Our Performance
Jonathan Mollineda............3rd.  Place 4.5/5
Robin Izquierdo..................14th. Place 3.5/5
Michael Vazquez.................17th. Place 3/5
Angel Cardenas...................23rd. Place 3/5
Timur Kuzibaev...................38th. Place 2/5
Omar Viton.........................55th. Place 1/5

We ended in 5th. Place as a Team.

1st Place:   Homestead Senior
2nd. Place: Miami Jackson
3rd. Place: Miami Senior
4th. Place: Mater Academy
5th. Place: Hialeah Senior
6th. Place: Booker T. Washington Senior
7th. Place: Miami Central Senior
8th. Place: Turner Senior
9th. Place: South Dade Senior
10th. Place: Northwestern Senior
 

             

       

                       

             

                

       

                

 


Miami Dade College
4th. High School Chess Tournament
March 15th. 2008. Wolfson Campus

Participants:

Twenty (20) High Schools & 60 Players ( Eight from Hialeah High).

Results:

Jonathan Mollineda........2nd. Place in the 11th. Grade Category (5 points out of 7)
Laura Alonso...................2nd. Place in the Girls Category (4 points out of 7)
Robin Izquierdo......................................................................4 points out of 7
Angel Cardenas......................................................................3 points out of 7
Timur Kuzibaev......................................................................3 points out of 7
Alejandro Suarez....................................................................3 points out of 7
 

Hialeah High...................5th. Place as a team

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

    


School Year 2008-2009

Tournament at Miami Senior High
November 15th. 2009

Participants: 32 students of 8 High Schools:

 HHS, MHS, HML, BTW, Mater Academy, M. Central, South Dade, and South Ridge.

Places:

Mater Academy.....1st. Place
Hialeah High.........2nd. Place
Miami Senior .......3rd.  Place

Our best players:

Michel Vazquez...4/5......4th. place in the tournament.
Angel Cardenas...4/5
Elvis Moreno.......4/5

 


2009 Supernationals IV Chess Championship
Nashville, Tennessee
April 3-5, 2009

 

Participants:

Open:            205
Under 1600: 319
Under 1200: 350
Under 800:   204
Unrated:       133


Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center

 

Our Players


Taking a break between games...


Going to their room...


Garry Kasparov

Our Players


Michael Vazquez finished with 4.5 points out of 7 possible


Robin Izquierdo finished with 2.5 points out of 7 possible


Angel Cárdenas finished with 4.0 points out of 7 possible


Alejandro Suarez finished with 3.5 points out of 7 possible


The team with Dr. Sánchez who accompanied them

Good experience.......and fun !!!


Hialeah High Human Chess Game
Friday, April 17th. 2009
Dr. Sanchez vs. Mr. Diaz

Results: Dr. Sanchez 2, Mr. Diaz 0 (Embarrassing !!)


Dr. Sanchez is a real gentleman and a very nice person. He also plays chess very well.


My face says everything...

Tremenda Paliza. Maybe next time....


Miami Dade College 7th High School Tournament
March 12th, 2011

           

        

    

 

 

Hialeah High....... 4th Place

Vilmelys Vilahu.....1st Place among Girls & 1st Place among 10th Graders
(Vilmelys also won a Full Scholarship to attend college)

Anthony Otero..............1st Place among 9th Graders
 

 

 


 

Links to Good Chess' Web Sites


 
 

U.S. Chess Federation http://www.uschess.org/

http://www.fide.com/

1-WHOLESALE CHESS SETS AND EQUIPMENT: http://www.wholesalechess.com

2-BASICS:
2.1-HOW TO PLAY CHESS: http://chess-time.com/
2.2-CHESS ESSENTIALS: http://chess.about.com/library/ble10ndx.htm
2.3-CHESS DOMINION (SEE TUTORIALS & EDUCATION: http://library.thinkquest.org/10746/nf_welcome.html
2.4-CHESS IS FUN: http://www.princeton.edu/~jedwards/cif/chess.html
2.5-KIDS' CHESS: http://www.kidchess.com/instruction/index.html
2.6-CHESS ACADEMY: http://www.chesskids.com/lessons04.shtml
2.7-CHESS FOR BEGINNERS: http://www.50chessgames.freeserve.co.uk/
2.8-RULES OF CHESS: http://www.chessvariants.org/d.chess/
2.9-CHESS OPS (Check the bottom of the page for Info on Openings): http://www.eudesign.com/chessops/basics/index.htm
2.10-CHESS FOR KIDS: http://library.thinkquest.org/6290/index.html
2.11-CHESS TOURNAMENTS' RULES & ETIQUETTE: http://www.borderschess.org/rules.htm
2.12-CHESS TUTORIALS: http://www.logicalchess.com/hcc/scholastics/tutorials/tutorials.html
2.13-BEGINNERS' CHESS: http://www.mrfixitonline.com/viewtopic.php?t=321

2.14-CHESS ETIQUETTE:
2.14.1-http://www.chessctr.org/manners.htm
2.14.2-http://clatskaniechessclub.tripod.com/id37.html
2.14.3-http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node=Chess%20etiquette
2.14.4-http://www.tomrowan.com/chess/etiquette.html
2.14.5-http://www.finitechess.com/etiquette.htm
 

3-HISTORY OF CHESS
3.1-HISTORY OF CHESS: http://www.worldchessnetwork.com/English/chessHistory/chessHistory.php
3.2-HISTORY OF CHESS:http://www.tradgames.org.uk/games/Chess.htm
3.3-HISTORY OF CHESS: http://www.stmoroky.com/games/chess/chess.htm

4-CHESS TERMS
4.1-CHESS TERMINOLOGY: http://www.logicalchess.com/info/reference/glossary.html
4.2-CHESS GLOSSARY: http://www.kidchess.com/glossary/abridged_glossary.htm
4.3-CHESS TERMINOLOGY: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_terminology

5-CHESS WORLD CHAMPIONS
5.1-WORLD CHAMPIONS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_chess_champion
5.2-WORLD CHAMPIONS: http://www.chesscorner.com/worldchamps/worldchampion.htm

3-CHESS GAMES: http://www.chessgames.com
3.1-World Championship Games: http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/wcc-indx.htm
3.2-World Chess Tournaments & Results (Spanish): http://www.ajedrezdeataque.com/05%20Palmares/palmares.htm
3.3-World Chess Tournaments & Results (English): http://www3.sympatico.ca/g.giffen/tournaments.htm

4-ALL ABOUT CHESS (ADVANCED)
4.1-ACADEMIC CHESS: http://www.academicchess.org/
4.2-CHESS CORNER: http://www.chesscorner.com/
4.3-LOGICAL CHESS: http://www.logicalchess.com/resources/
4.4-CHESS THEORY & EXERCISES: http://www.markalowery.net/Chess/index1.html
4.5-BILL WALL's CHESS PAGE: http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Lab/7378/chess.htm
4.6-TOM ROWAN's CHESS NOTES: http://www.tomrowan.com/chess/index.html
4.7-CHESS LESSONS: HOW TO GET TO 1900: http://www.entertainmentjourney.com/index1.htm#intro
4.8-CHESS TRAINING / LESSONS: http://webplaza.pt.lu/public/ckaber/
4.9-CHESS TRAINING & MATERIALS: http://www.professorchess.com/index.html
4.10-CHESS PUZZLES: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/adam.bozon/ChessPuzzles.htm
4.11-MORE CHESS PUZZLES: http://www.logicalchess.com/hcc/scholastics/puzzles/puzzles.html
4.12-ANALYZE GAMES & CHESS PUZZLES: http://www.chesslab.com/PositionSearch.html
4.13-CHESS QUIZZES (multiple-choice): http://www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/hobbies/board_games/chess.html
4.14-CHESS ENCYCLOPEDIA: http://www.maskeret.com/mecca/index.shtml
4.15-ANOTHER CHESS ENCYCLOPEDIA: http://www.encyclopedia4u.com/c/chess-1.html
4.16-CHESS CITY: http://www.chesscity.com/
4.17-THE KNIGHTS TOUR: http://www.borderschess.org/KnightTour.htm
4.18-FREE ENDGAME ONLINE TABLEBASE: http://www.shredderchess.com/online-chess/online-databases/endgame-database.html

5-ELO CALCULATOR: http://www.maskeret.com/mecca/elo_fide.htm

6-PLAY CHESS
6.1-DOWNLOAD CHESSPAD: http://www.wmlsoftware.com/download.html
6.2-PLAY CHESS ONLINE FREE (FICS: http://www.freechess.org/ (Download graphic interface Babaschess ) The Best !!!! &  Free !!!
6.3-PLAY CHESS ONLINE FREE IN SPANISH (JAQUE MATE: http://ajedrez.educared.net/ (Download VM Java Microsoft)
6.4-PLAY CHESS ONLINE FREE IN SPANISH: http://www.buho21.com/
6.5-PLAY CHESS ONLINE ( INSTANT CHESS: http://www.instantchess.com/ )

6.6-
PLAY CHESS ONLINE (CHESS CLUB: http://www.chessclub.com/ ) Download BlitzIn 2.51 for Windows or Chessic for Mac
($50 Annual Suscription but it gives you access to many features)

7-MISCELLANEA
7.1-CHESSMASTER 10th. EDITION: http://chessmaster10.ubi.com/us/
7.2-GAMES, STATISTICS, PUZZLES,  GENERAL INFO: http://www.chess-poster.com/
7.3-CHESS BOOKS: http://www.amazon.com/
7.4-MIAMI INTERNATIONAL CHESS ACADEMY: http://www.miamichess.com/
7.5-EXCALIBUR (MIAMI):  WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME:http://www.excaliburelectronics.com/uschf.html
7.6-CHESS CENTRAL: http://www.chesscentral.com/
7.7-CHESS IN THE MOVIES: http://www.skgiessen.de/movies/index.php
7.8-MIAMI-DADE SCHOLASTIC CHESS: http://miami-dadechess.blogspot.com:80/
7.9-CHESS SCREENSAVER, PUZZLES & MORE: http://chessgeek.com

8-CHESS NEWS, ARTICLES, BIOGRAPHIES,VIDEO LECTURES & INFO, POEMS, CARTOONS, ETC:
8.1-CHESS CAFE: http://www.chesscafe.com/
8.2-NEW IN CHESS: http://www.newinchess.com/
8.3-CHESS BASE: http://chessbase.com/
8.4-CHESS FM ( Video Lectures and Live Events): http://www.chess.fm/ (Requires to be a member of Chess Club / ICC)
8.5-GODDESS CHESS: http://goddesschess.com/preview.html
8.6-TOM ROWAN'S ARTICLES: http://www.tomrowan.com/chess/articles/index.html
8.7-U.S. CHESS HISTORY: http://www.excaliburelectronics.com/history_archive.html
8.8-CHESS DATE: http://chessdate.com/
8.9-BRITISH CHESS MAGAZINE: http://www.bcmchess.co.uk/
8.10-CHESS NEWS IN THE GUARDIAN: http://sport.guardian.co.uk/chess
8.11-RUSSIAN CHESS: http://www.ruschess.com
8.12-MAGAZINE 64:http://www.64.ru/?/en/
8.13-EUROPEAN CHESS: http://www.eurochess.org/
8.14-GRANDMASTERS' SQUARE: http://www.gmsquare.com/index.shtml
8.15-THE GAME IS AFOOT: BIOGRAPHIES OF GRANDMASTERS: http://www.starfireproject.com/chess/
8.16-ARTICULOS EN ESPAÑOL:
8.16.1-Biografias de Grandes del Ajedrez: http://www.ajedrezdeataque.com/04%20Articulos/Jugadores.htm
8.16.2-Taller de Ajedrez: http://www.educa.aragob.es/iesbcfra/Dmates/32artaje.htm
8.16.3-Hechiceros del Tablero: http://www.hechiceros.net/
 

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