Scholastic chess tourney is Monday

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Scholastic chess tourney is MondayThe Scholastic Chess Tournament season will kick off Monday, Sept. 2, at Las Flores Elementary School.

The free tournaments are held throughout the school year to offer students, kindergarten through high school, an opportunity to compete in a fun and challenging environment. Trophies are awarded monthly based on tournament rankings, and top-performing schools and individuals are also recognized at the end of the season.

“We are very grateful for the financial and community support of our program,” said Dwight Morgan, tournament director. Individuals, businesses and schools donate money to the scholastic chess tournaments, as well as to the summer chess camps, each year so that the cost of admission can remain free to students.

In addition to the monetary donations, Morgan noted, many residents generously volunteer their time at each event. He said that the venue has changed from Gateway School (undergoing repairs following the earthquakes) to Las Flores this year.

Registration is held from 8:20-9 a.m. on the day of the tournament. Students compete in four to six rounds of tournament play, and prizes are awarded at 12:30 p.m.

Tournament play is divided into five age brackets — kindergarten and first grade, second and third grade, fourth and fifth grade, middle school and high school. “Students may choose to play in higher sections for more challenging games,” said Morgan.

Subsequent tournaments will be held Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 7, Jan. 20 and Feb. 17.

To learn more, contact Morgan at dmorgan178@

Pictured: Scores of students participate in a free chess tournament — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2019-08-30