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All-Schools Chess Tournament on 2/16

posted Jan 22, 2019, 1:50 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 22, 2019, 1:51 PM ]

The 42nd annual all-schools chess tournament has been set for Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Madison Middle School according to Carl Vickburg, who now coordinates the event.

This chess tournament is again being conducted by the Bartlesville Chess Club in cooperation with the Bartlesville Public Schools. Students who may be interested in playing in the tournament may obtain information sheets and entry blanks in the office at each school or using the link below.

There will be separate divisions for beginning (Kindergarten-3rd), upper-grade elementary (4th-5th), middle school (6th-8th), and high school (9th-12th) players, with awards to winning players in each division earning 2.5 points or better and participation ribbons. The 1st and 2nd-place winners in each division will receive a trophy.

It will be a Swiss-system tournament in which each student will play four games, irrespective of the number of games won or lost, with a tie-breaking procedure or additional play-off game to determine winners if needed. Two games are played in the morning, with a lunch break, then the remaining games. See the entry form for further details.

Robbyn Glinsmann, director of elementary mathematics for the Oklahoma State Department of Education, has seen direct benefits of chess in the classroom from her work as an instructional coach in Edmond Public Schools. Although the game does not target specific learning objectives, she says frequent gameplay can heighten cognitive skills needed to strengthen performance in multiple subject areas.

“Chess is a high-intensity game that requires patience, dedication and problem-solving. You must think ahead two to three steps and see what is coming next. When a curveball is thrown by the opponent, you have to rethink your strategy on the fly and within split seconds,” Glinsmann said. “This mental toughness activates both sides of the brain and builds stamina within the player. This stamina spills over into the classroom as students are now seen as risk-takers and can concentrate more because of the muscle memory built within them.”

Playing chess is a great equalizer, something anyone can learn to play. It is not restricted to gifted students. In fact, special-needs children have won state championships. Proponents say the game builds character, since players learn more from losing than from winning. Plus civility and sportsmanship are great traditions at chess tournaments.

We encourage students of all ages to pick up an entry blank at their school office or print the form attached to this post.

Chess Tournament

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Chess Players

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Granger Meador,
Jan 22, 2019, 1:50 PM