Annual District Chess Tournament

2nd Annual Osceola Chess Tournament
In March of 2018, the School District hosted the 2nd Annual Osceola Chess Tournament for all Elementary and Middle Schools to participate in. 11 Schools brought 46 students who competed in three age groups. The tournament winners were:

K - 2 First Place: Eli Sullivan from St. Cloud Elementary School!

3 - 5 First Place: William Castillo from Highlands Elementary School!

6 - 8 First Place: Gabriel Skalyl from Harmony Community School!

 William Castillo

How Can My School Get Involved Next Year?

Every school is welcome to create their own chess club to teach students how to play, to learn effective strategies, and to become young masters of chess. If you would like to participate in the 3rd Annual Chess Tournament, there are a few steps to get going. First, talk to your administrator about establishing a chess club at your school. Second, contact David Maddock ( for information to give your admin about purchasing tournament chess boards to use in your classroom and to be registered as an official chess coach. You will receive updates and information about deadlines for registration in the 2018-2019 school year for the 3rd Annual Tournament, which will happen in December 2018.

Tournament Guidelines

There are multiple brackets for the tournament. Students can participate in the K-2, 3-5, or 6-8 bracket. All brackets will have a winner for their age group, who receives a custom chess board.

Matches at the tournament will be untimed. Coaches are encouraged to use timers in their clubs and at practice to help students learn to play quickly, but the games at the tournament will be untimed in order to allow students to display their best thinking.

For 3rd grade and up, a piece must be moved once touched. Castling and En Passant moves are allowed.

Stalemates will go to players with the highest point values. In equal point stalemates, the player of the black pieces will win.

Tournament brackets will be single elimination. Students can expect to play between four and six matches to reach victory in the tournament.

Pizza and snacks will be provided at the tournament.

Flyers for the tournament will be provided to school administrators at the start of the 2018-2019 school year.
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