Georgetown Middle School and the Greater Peoria Chess Federation will be sponsoring the 35th annual Tazewell County Chess Tournament Feb. 23 in Marquette Heights.
Tazewell students in grades three through eight will compete at Georgetown Middle School. Robert Ketcham, principal, has again offered to host the tournament. The school will be providing a concession stand.
Each grade level is a separate contest (with the exception of a third/fourth combination) with awards for the top 10 individuals in each grade level. Trophies will be awarded for the top three individuals and a medallion for each in fourth through 10th place at their grade level. Pupils must register at their own grade level. A maximum of 64 individuals for each grade level has been set with five rounds to be played. An adult is to supervise his or her own players. Schools do not need to have a chess club for students to participate, and individual entries are welcome.
The listed schedule will be followed as much as possible; however, participants will be notified when each round is beginning:
• 8:30 a.m. — Participants arrive and check in
• 9 a.m. — First round begins
• 9:45 a.m. — Second round
• 10:30 a.m. — Third round
• 11:30 a.m.-noon — Lunch (Pupils may bring a sack lunch and concessions will be available.)
• Noon — Fourth round
• 12:45 p.m. — Fifth round
• 1:30 p.m. — Awards
Scheduled times may vary depending on length of time needed to finish some games.
Tournament games will all be played with standard Staunton pieces. Pupils may bring chess sets or table games for their use in the relaxation area. We will need a few volunteers to serve as monitors on a full day or half day basis in the relaxation area.
In the past few years the PCF have been able to accommodate all of the students who wanted to participate and will accept the children for registration by name. If officials see a problem develop during registration at any grade level due to too many registrants, officials will contact individual schools for revision.
A fee of $4 per entrant is to be sent with the registration with the check made payable to Georgetown Middle School.
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Substitutes may be sent for registered players. They should report in with the name of the absent player and their own name. PCF might also be able to accept a few players on a standby basis for others that registered but cannot come.
The rank determined by the home school is to be listed by each player. This will be used only for the first round pairing. Compare and rank all players at the school at each grade level. The tournament does not use Chess Federation ratings and do not need rank if there is no school club.
Officers and members of the Greater Peoria Chess Federation have assisted in setting up the tournament and will serve as directors and officials.
If residents have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact Jolyon Webb at 266-6547 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send the registration (including name, address, grade level, phone number, and school or home schooled) and fees by Feb. 14. A confirmation, tournament rules, directions, and a concessions menu will be sent to those registering.