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More South Carolina Kids Are Enjoying Chess – S.C. Scholastic
Championships Coming March 23rd
web posted March 22, 2013
COLUMBIA – The world has become a more
competitive place. Our children need every advantage they can grasp in
order to succeed in this fast-paced, result-driven society. Some South
Carolina students and parents are turning to the age-old game of chess
to help sharpen their logic and critical thinking skills. A number of
well-researched studies seem to indicate that the benefits of chess do
just that, and more.
Acknowledging their desire to have these analytical minds on their
campuses, a growing list of U.S. colleges and universities offer chess
scholarships. While some of our state’s expanding body of student chess
players are capable of taking advantage of such an offer, the majority
of these students just enjoy the clarity of thought and the excitement
of competition brought about by the game.
One of the South Carolina Chess Association’s (SCCA) premier events,
the South Carolina Scholastic Championships, will be held on March 23rd
at the Samuel A. Heyward Career & Technology Center. The center is
located at 3560 Lynhaven Drive in Columbia. Any K-12 student that wants
to play is encouraged to come to the tournament. All levels of
experience are welcome and equipment is provided. Over the last several
years, the event has annually attracted about 90 contestants from all
across the state. “For the last couple of years, we’ve topped 100
players, and have had as many as 137”, said David Whatley, the S.C.
Chess Association Scholastic Coordinator, “It shows that the game’s
popularity is on the rise in South Carolina”.
This year’s tournament features a K-3 (primary division) and a 4-5
(elementary division), a 6-8 (middle school division) and a 9-12 (high
school division). There’s a lot of hardware up for grabs at this year’s
event. A total of 37 trophies will be awarded.
· 1st-3rd place (each division) – 12 trophies
· Grade Champion (K-12) – 13 trophies
· Female Champion (each division) – 4 trophies
· 1st-2nd Team Champions (each division) – 8
The intensity of competition and dramatic finishes are as real as it
gets as these students battle for the right to represent South Carolina
in national competition. The top-finishing high school player
will go on to The Denker Tournament of High School Champions, while the
top-finishing female high school player will play in the U.S. Chess
Federation’s National Girl’s Invitational, and the middle school
champion will play at the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions. These
three events will be held in Madison, Wisconsin in conjunction with the
U.S. Open. The SCCA pays a small stipend to assist the young champions
with travel costs.
There are some nominal fees associated with participation in the
· 1-year U.S. Chess Federation membership runs
between $17 and $26, depending on age (the USCF membership can be
purchased online at www.uschess.org).
· The 1-year SCCA membership of $5.
· The tournament entry fee of $15 can be paid
on site, or in advance (see the SCCA website at www.scchess.org for details
concerning advance payment, registration, and match times).
The South Carolina Chess Association (SCCA) stands ready to help guide
those that wish to participate in casual or tournament play. The SCCA
was originally founded in 1926 and serves the players from our state by
furthering the enjoyment of chess. They maintain a website at
www.scchess.org which contains noteworthy state chess news, links to
local club activity, and information about adult and scholastic
tournaments. You can email questions directly to Mr. Whatley at email@example.com
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