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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 18th ANNUAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CHESS TOURNAMENT
March 5 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm$15 – $20
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Person: Felix Spitelle
Voice Phone Number: 302-658-2713
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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PLAY THE “QUEEN’S GAMBIT” SPONSORING CATHOLIC YOUTH CHESS TOURNAMENT
Seizing upon the growing resurgence in chess playing following the release of 2020’s successful streaming television mini-series “The Queen’s Gambit”; a coming-of-age period drama based on the 1983 novel by Walter Tevis, the Knights of Columbus, Saint Pius X Council # 4425 is pleased to sponsor the 18th Annual Catholic Youth Chess Tournament.
The chess tournament will be open to students in grades K-8 who attend Delaware Catholic Elementary Schools or Parish PREP Programs. The tournament is scheduled for SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2022, to be held at the former St. Helena’s Grade School Cafeteria Masci Hall, 210 Bellefonte Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19809. Local COVID protocols are expected and will be followed.
Tournament Director Bob Wilder of the Bear Library Chess Club will oversee the event.
Tournament format consists of three sections (grades K-3, K-6, and K-8) in which each participant plays 5 games. The “Swiss System” will be used for pairings, so that players with roughly equal scores will play each other. One hour will be allotted for each game; if a chess clock is used, each player will have 30 minutes for the full game.
Prizes will be awarded in each section consisting of trophies to the Top 3 individuals and Top 3 teams (the 4 highest-scoring students from a school count as the team).
All players will receive souvenir medallions.
Organizers request that all participants be present by 8:30 AM for opening prayer and announcements, with games beginning at (approximately) 9:00, 10:15, 11:30, 1:00, and 2:15. Lunch and snacks will be on sale at the tournament site. Prizes will be awarded after the last round ends, at about 3:30 PM.
Advance Registration is required, as there will be no onsite registration on the day of the tournament. The entry fee is $15.00 per player if postmarked by February 19th, or $20.00 per player after this date. Entries must be received by February 26th to Knights of Columbus, St. Pius X Council #4425, P.O. BOX 2686, Wilmington, DE 19805. For further information call: 302-658-2713.
Beginners and experienced players are both welcome. All players must bring a chess set and board, plus a chess clock if you have one, as equipment will not be supplied. Younger children must be supervised by an adult.