With summer approaching, Louis Dudoussat of the LSCL has announced the formation of the Louisiana Scholastic Chess Club, which will provide centralized venues for the advancement of scholastic chess and opportunities for Louisiana scholastic players to compete in more regional and national events. Whereas many scholastic competitions permit entry by school-sponsored teams only, some tournaments allow scholastic players to compete as club teams, comprised of students from various schools throughout a community.
Members of the new LSC Club will enter the Susan Polgar Boys & Girls World Open in Las Vegas in early June. Last June, New Orleanians Eli Karp and Charles Korndorffer went to Las Vegas with Chess Gym Coach Rene Phillips for the event, where Eli emerged victorious from the Boys Under Age 8 Blitz. Upon their return, Charles and Eli were featured in the Times-Picayune and on the WWL Morning News, where Charles defeated Eric Paulsen in a live, on-air blitz game. This year, Rene (and some other coaches, we hope) will travel with the LSCC Team to the Polgar Open.
As Stuart Hall & Christian Brothers Coach RJ Tagorda says, "if we pool our talented scholastic players, we can be very competitive with the big New York, California, and Texas schools and clubs." At SuperNationals, Louisiana was represented by 35 players from a dozen different schools and some home-schoolers. With the formation of the Club, all those players (and others) can become Team Louisiana at this June's Polgar World Open. For tournament info, go to www.vegaschessfestival.com and click on the link to the Polgar Boys & Girls Open. To be part of the LSCL team at the event, contact Coach Rene Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.