Scholastic Chess of Indiana

2016 Team Finals

The 2016 SCI Team Finals will be moving to a new host school this year.  We are excited to announce that Morton High School in Hammond will host the event on March 19, 2016.

Teams will compete at the regional level in 8th grade & under, 6th grade & under, and 3rd grade & under at one of five regional sites.  Those teams that advance will join the 12th grade & under in 4-person teams for the chance to be crowned team champions.

Regional sites this year will once again be in Indianapolis (Date TBA), Goshen (Feb. 27), Hammond (Feb. 27), Mt. Vernon (Feb. 13), and Terre Haute (Feb. 27).


  1. Doug Hamm on November 11, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I am disappointed to realize that the Team State Finals will not be held at a site that is more centrally located. Hammond is about 6 hours of traveling distance from the farthest SW and SE corners of the state. This much traveling time puts those youngest traveling players and teams at a major disadvantage. If centrally located, parents may opt out of hotel expenses and travel the morning of. However, when hosted in one extreme corner of the state, parents and players are forced to pay added expense. Those of us in the opposite extreme corners would like to see the tournament brought back to central Indiana.

    • admin on November 13, 2015 at 7:32 pm


      Thanks for your input. To my knowledge the Team Finals event has never been hosted outside of Terre Haute. Woodrow Wilson MS and Honey Creek MS have been excellent hosts for many, many years. Unfortunately, those sites are not available to us this year. We looked at a couple of ideas, but in the end we (the SCI Board) believed that Morton HS in Hammond gave us a very strong proposal and the best opportunity to put on a successful event for our students.

      An event drawing 650+ players, plus hundreds of additional parents and coaches, makes finding a suitable site difficult. Hotels in the Indianapolis area and the Indianapolis Convention Center could be an option in the future; however, that would add significant costs. The best option in most cases is hosting the event at a school. This also allows for a local club to benefit from concessions. At least for this year, we did not have a Central Indiana school offering to host.


  2. Mike Maguire on November 15, 2015 at 3:48 am

    We greatly appreciate all that you, the SCI board and everyone associated with this great organization does for scholastic chess in our state. I’ve taken Evansville schools to this tournament for the past 18 years.

    However, I strongly agree with what Doug Hamm stated. Most of our Southwest(and Southeast) IN families have opted to get up early on that Saturday and drive the 2 hours to Terre Haute…….or if the tournament was in Indianapolis….. 3 hours.

    To consider traveling to and from the tournament the same day now, from this new location in the northwest corner of Indiana, would require families in the southwest and southeast corners, to get up around 2am Central/3am Eastern, then make the same long drive home in the dark and exhausted on just a few hours of sleep.

    If we took the hundreds of actual families/students that we are serving and asked them to rank THEIR priorities regarding the location of the SCI team tournament, you would find that the distance to the location would be ranked near or at the top for most of them. How many do you think would assign a substantive value to additional costs, in the form of lost time/rest/money when adding hours of drive time both ways?

    The SCI board has voted based on THEIR priorities, including giving heavy weighting for a deserving school that will benefit………which I understand.

    There is no other individual school that can match this(and other, site choosing criteria) as well as Morton High School(in Hammond)can, that is located in Indianapolis……I agree.

    However, my guess is that there are some schools that can still do a pretty good job in a more central location.


  3. Scott Bell on November 17, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    As a parent of a student competing in past Hammond Regionals at Morton High School, I can not see how there will be enough room to hold the state finals at the school. The regional in Hammond usually has somewhere close to 400 participants, I believe, and it is always difficult to find seats for ALL the parents. I see no way that 600 participants and their families will find a comfortable place to sit. There are usually several people sitting in a hallway that does not get heat and is right by the door so there is usually a draft. I feel that if this is to be a successful venue for the tournament this year the seating will need to be addressed.

    I also have to agree with other comments about the tournament not being more centrally located. Even though I will have to travel about two and a half hours less, one way, than if the tournament were in Terre Haute, it is not fair to participants in the far south part of the state. Granted, if my child participates in the future and the location is in the south part of the state I will still be there, but would prefer the location to be more central.

    I also hope that for the state final, the proposal given by the representatives for Morton HS include the use of the school auditorium for the awards.

  4. Betsy Campbell on November 18, 2015 at 12:49 am

    I am raising a family of chess players, and I hope to be involved in scholastic chess for years to come. I would like to “ditto” the comments about the tournaments being more centrally located. While it is still a haul to Indianapolis from our border city, it is far preferable to a location in a far corner.

  5. Alex Ramirez on November 28, 2015 at 5:50 am

    Been playing chess in Hammond for 20 years. Graduated from Morton. Chess in northwest Indiana is some of the strongest because of how near Chicago is, where some of the world’s elite play. With that aside, we’re definitely deserving to host. Plenty of hotel, food and space around. At Morton itself, it’ll fit more than enough players. For instance, the entire 3rd and under in the library. Then, the gym could hold the rest of the divisions. As far as the distance, I’m really not try to hear that because from 2nd grade until 12th grade myself, my teammates, and plenty others from “The Region” had to drive 3 hours to individual state in Anderson and then 3 & 1/2 or more to Terre Haute for team state. EVERY. SINGLE.YEAR. it’s fair to give us one year, and give it a shot. Hope to see everyone up here! Good luck at Regionals!

  6. Karen Grzych on December 3, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Regardless of which facility in Hammond, it is wonderful to NOT have to travel overnight for the state team finals. I have been involved with Chess locally for 12 years and every year we travel. (Anderson used to host). It would have been polite to let Crown Point give a bid. CPHS is larger and hosts many tournaments, although not in chess. Maybe next year. Although I agree that because Indy is in the center of the state, a central location would be preferred throughout the state.

    • Alex Ramirez on December 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Crown Point hasn’t had a chess program in years. That’s probably why, and because Hammond is a huge chess city, ie biggest regional in state at Morton high. CP doesn’t even field a team for the tournament in plenty years past, that’s a big reason why they don’t have an interest in it. If the tournament was at CPHS, hotels would be further and not close enough to highway access, food, etc. Morton is right off the highway and food.
      No matter what, someone is always going to have to travel. It’s nice for us in the region to not have to for once. Morton is a great facility, and no matter what happens you’re all still going to come.

  7. admin on December 3, 2015 at 3:48 am


    We will accept a bid from any school that is interested in hosting a Regional or State Finals event. If you are affiliated with Crown Point and wish to do so, contact me in the spring and I’ll give you more information on how to proceed.


  8. Kim on December 4, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    What is the actual date of the Goshen Team Regional? It says Feb 22 in the above article but Feb 27 on the Tournament Calendar.

    • admin on December 4, 2015 at 9:56 pm


      The post has been updated to reflect the true date, Feb. 27, 2016. Sorry for the confusion.