Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM (estimated end time)
Location: School cafeteria or gymnasium
The tournament will use a Swiss system format, consisting of 4 rounds where each player has 10 minutes to make all moves per round. Winners will play winners and losers will play losers for each round; so by the third or fourth round players should be playing against opponents of similar ability. This event offers an excellent opportunity for students to apply critical thinking skills, learn the importance of strategy, and cultivate sportsmanship. All players will receive either a gold or silver medal, and trophies will also be awarded to players who play with distinction.
A separate section can be arranged for siblings or parents to play concurrently. Several parent volunteers are needed to help coordinate and ensure a quality experience for players.
The fee of $320 assumes 16 players each paying a $20 participation fee, and is dependent on the total number of players. Interested PTAs should send an email to hello[at]wayoftheboard.org to discuss whether a chess tournament would be of interest to the students and community.
Chess boards, pieces, and chess clocks will be provided for players. If family members will also be playing, families should bring additional chess sets.
To facilitate registration, either the PTA or WOB website can be used to collect a participation fee via credit card. The suggested fee is $20 per player to cover event expenses and prizes. The fee can also be raised to contribute to the PTA's general fund.