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There will be an Elementary Section-Open to any player in grade 6 and below that does not want to play in the other two sections. Primary Section-Open to player's grade 3 and below. OPEN RATED SECTION for K-ADULT. In this section a top team will be given an award based on the top three players. Players in this section must be USCF members, or purchase memberships onsite.

The Twin Cities Middle School Championship Section is open to players 9th grade and younger. Team awards based on top 3 finishers from each school. One does not have to be a member of a team to play. Middle School may run later than other sections, but the other sections will be done by about 3:30pm.

Registration will also be AT THE DOOR until 8:30am. If you do not pay on line you must pay and register between 8-8:30am the morning of the tournament. If you register on line you can arrive by 9:00am. If you register and do not pay on line… arrive BEFORE 8:30am.

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN CHESS SET as there will be a limited number of chess sets available. There will also be a limited number of tables and chairs available.

Check the Tournament Schedule for address and additional information.

COACH OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS FOR 2018 Posted Thursday, January 18, 2018 by Lorene
Please send your nomination for COACH OF THE YEAR before MARCH 26th. Tell me why you feel your coach should be the COACH OF THE YEAR.

Coaches are the heart and soul of every chess community. When adult players look back on time spent learning and growing with the game, at the center of those memories stands the coach.

Who are chess coaches? What qualities define these extraordinary and generous people? It is first a love of the players. Coaches watch their young players learn and grow and make the game their own. They mentor sportsmanship, goal setting, forward thinking and confidence – as well as the ability and desire to compete. They offer reassurance and support in place of criticism. They offer hope and encouragement. The finest coaches improve not only their players’ chess, but improve opportunities for chess in their communities, and improve the game itself.

Minnesota enjoys many wonderful coaches who create an outstanding environment for young chess players in our State
Send your nomination for COACH OF THE YEAR to Lorene@schoolchess.org

Fall flier now posted Posted Thursday, August 17, 2017 by Webmaster
Download the Fall tournament schedule and announcements flier here This link always points to the latest edition of the printable flier in .pdf

SPAM FILTERING OF ANNOUNCEMENTS POSTED Posted Monday, August 29, 2016 by Lorene
Please note we have been informed that many SCA Email announcements have not been received due to likely spam-filtering issues. If you have requested to be on the Email list and are not receiving announcements, please do the following:

Check your spam, junk or trash Email folder to see if SCA announcements were incorrectly filtered out; if so, click the appropriate setting, for example, “Move-to-Inbox” and Mark as “Not Spam”.

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Please make sure we have your e-mail address Posted Sunday, January 9, 2011 by Webmaster
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Congratulations to our
2017 Statewide Tournament Champions
Well done!
Arlen Murataliev
Primary Champion
Linden Li
Elementary Champion


Congratulations 2017
Coaches of the Year!

Colleen Fontanella

David Bluhm


Congratulations 2016
Chess Camp Champs!

Sasha Hydrie
Championship Section

Alice Lee
Novice Section


Resources: Check out these recommended instructional books.

Common misconceptions about scholastic chess Check it out

Why teach chess to children?? Click here to find out.

Parents -- check out this chess primer by the U.S. Chess Center

Wanted: Chess Coaches
There are many schools that need either a chess coach or someone with chess knowledge. If you are in Junior/Senior High School you may qualify as a chess assistant. Most chess clubs are after school, but some are before school or in the evening. If you are interested, please call 763-593-1168 or write to:

School Chess Association
5901 Laurel Ave Apt 134
Golden Valley, MN 55416-1070

Chess Clubs
Does your school have a chess club? If not, contact the School Chess Association.
We may be able to help your school start a club!!
Email Lorene or call 763-593-1168.

The School Chess Association is dedicated to providing chess activities for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12.

In support of our mission, the SCA provides the following services:

  • Run chess tournaments
  • Provide chess camps
  • Develop chess clubs
  • Promote instruction

The SCA is dedicated to providing the best programs for all participants.  The SCA runs only non-elimination tournaments.  We believe that all students should have the greatest opportunity to play chess and that no one should be eliminated from a tournament.

This web site is devoted to providing information about the SCA and other chess activities.

For more information, e-mail Lorene Lampert or call us at (763)-593-1168

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