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The GROUNDHOG Open will have an Open Tournament with four sections K-2, K-5, K-8, and USCF Rated K-Adult.

Registration will also be AT THE DOOR beginning at 7:30am. If you do not pay on line, you must pay and register by 8:00am the morning of the tournament. If you register on line you can arrive by 8:30am. If you register and do not pay on line you need to arrive by 8:00am. There is a late fee if you pay at the door of $5.00. Registration is now open on line, just go to www.schoolchess.org and click on the blue button that reads (REGISTRATION).

NOW ACCEPTING NOMINEES FOR CHESS COACH OF THE YEAR!!! Please send your nominee for CHESS COACH OF THE YEAR, TO: laya41@gmail.com.

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.

Masks are to worn at all tournaments adults as well.

Please bring you own chess set as we will not have chess sets available at this tournament.

Check the Tournament page for address and additional information.

2023 ISD 191 (BURNSVILLE) COMMUNITY EDUCATION CHESS LESSONS PDF Posted Saturday, January 21, 2023 by Lorene

Starting with our new 2022-2023 scholastic chess season, the School chess Association is changing the way we define the sections in our standard tournaments.

Standard tournaments will still have four sections, but are grouped differently than before.

Starting this year we will have K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 sections. If there is a USCF rated section, that will be for grade K-Adult.

This change will now put the SCA in closer alignment with most of the public schools in Minnesota..

For the Statewide Minnesota Tournament, we will also be grouped by K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. The Lawrence Lampert Memorial Tournament will be 9-Adult.

If you have any questions about this new alignment, please give Lorene a call at 763-593-1168.

Please see our Tournament page or our 2022 Fall Flier for the 2022-2023 tournament schedule.

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".

Facebook Posted Monday, October 22, 2012 by Webmaster
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Please make sure we have your e-mail address Posted Sunday, January 9, 2011 by Webmaster
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We're no longer sending updated tournament dates by mail. To receive the latest tournament dates, please update your e-mail address by contacting registrar@schoolchess.org.

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Congratulations to our 2022
Statewide Tournament Champions
Well done!
Primary Champion
Jaden Walker
Elementary Champion
Sourish Majumder


Congratulations 2022
Coach of the Year!

Bill Heinemann


Congratulations 2022
Chess Camp Champs!

Shrinivas Iyer
Championship Section

Asher Jeevanathan
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

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