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There will be an Open section for K-3, 4-6, 7-9, Double Tournament as well as a rated section for K-12. Rated players please arrive by 8:45 as 1st round begins at 9:00am.

The Doubles Tournament consist of two members of a team, Teams alternate their moves without visual or auditory communication against another team of two. Sections based on the grade of the younger player. Adults are welcome to play with a school-aged partner.

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.

E-mail team names, grades and ID number to: lorene@schoolchess.org with payment of $20.00 per player.

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.


Is your coach the Chess Coach of the Year....Please send lorene@schoolchess.org the name of your coach and why you think your coach should be CHESS COACH OF THE YEAR. The deadline to summit information on COACH OF THE YEAR will be April 15th.

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 the improve the game itself.

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 best
2018 Statewide Tournament Champions
Well done!
Alice Lee
Primary Champion
Troy Cavanah
Elementary Champion


Congratulations 2018
Coach of the Year!

Bill Heinemann


Congratulations 2018
Chess Camp Champs!

Ethan Benjamin, Jordan Timm,
Niki Ringel

Championship Section

Joshini Gandhi Sudhakar
Novice Section


Resources: Check out these recommended instructional books.

USCF's Scholastic Chess page Check it out

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

Parents -- check out this tournament 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!!
Contact Lorene at Lorene@SchoolChess.org or 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

Site maintenance: Bill Merrill

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