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This is the largest annual tournament in Minnesota and is open to players in 6th grade or under. More individual and team awards than any other Minnesota tournament.

The tournament has advance registration, now on the website, for the Primary and Elementary two-day tournament or the Lawrence Lampert Memorial one-day tournament section.

Click on STATEWIDE TOURNAMENT, on the left-hand side of the home page, and you will find the REGISTRATION FORM; download this form and send to:

School Chess Association, Inc.
5901 Laurel Ave Ste 134
Golden Valley, MN 55416-1070

Individual players compete for the titles of School Chess Association Statewide Primary Champion and School Chess Association Elementary Champion with the top 16 in each tournament qualifying for the Tournament of Champions on April 28th this will be a rated section at Zachary Lane Elementary, in Plymouth.

REGISTRATION FORMS can be found on the website by clicking on the BLUE BUTTON at top of page that reads… STATEWIDE TOURNAMENT. Postmark by April 5th. Late registration after April 5th will be $10.00 more.


8:30 Merit Awards and COACH OF THE YEAR will be presented
8:40 Pairing posted in field house..seated by your board by 9:00
9:00 Clarification of rules to be used at this tournament
9:20 National Anthem (Parents will leave after the Anthem)
9:30 1st round both sections

Team rooms will be available. Please e-mail me at: lorene@schoolchess.org for additional information on a team room.
Schools compete for team awards in Primary and elementary divisions. All team members must be from the same school. Home-schooled players may represent the school that is in their attendance area. Team scores based on top four players from each school. PLAYERS DO NOT NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF A TEAM TO PARTICIPATE FOR INDIVIDUAL TROPHIES.

Those pre-registered can check on-line for accuracy of registration. Found on the left-hand side of the home page or just click on Statewide Tournament.

Please arrive early to check where everything is located. Remember to pick up the booklet at the front door for all the information and location of rooms.
COACH OF THE YEAR a special reminder e-mail to: lorene@schoolchess.org the name of the coach and why you feel that your coach is special. I need to receive this by April 1st 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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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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