tournament set for Jan. 16
Sanford Staab, otherwise known as “The Chess Guy” is hosting the third annual “Holiday Chess Tournament” this year on January 16th at the Summit Academy which is located at 122 Substation Road in Cottonwood. Their phone number is 208-962-5650. Their email is office@SummitAcademyID.com. See http://sandythechessguy.weebly.com/tournaments.html for more information.
Last year’s tournament was a great success and had roughly 30 participants. Says Sanford: “Our sponsors really helped make it work. We were able to give prizes to every participating student and had a small adult section. I hope this year we can offer bigger cash prizes for the top winners and exceed last year’s attendance.”
Mr. Staab has played the game since he was 5 and taught chess in the Seattle area for a company called Chess4Life (http://chess4life.com). During that time he got to coach hundreds of kids in the ancient art of “brain-to-brain combat” where the blood that is spilt is “just your pride and some serious mental effort”.
The tournament doors open at 9:00 AM with player registration and some simple instruction on how to play and the etiquette of tournament play. Sets will be provided but if you have a Staunton Style Chess set, bring it in case we run short. The tournament proper starts at 10 and should end by 3pm with a half-hour lunch break. It will be a 4 round Swiss style, scholastically rated, tournament. Lots of prizes will be awarded in many categories – everyone should be a winner at this event. Lunch will be available at the school for a small fee or you can bring your own lunch. Scholarships will be granted for those not being able to afford the $5 entrance fee. Ages 5-500 are welcome. Parents and friends are encouraged to come and watch and get to know each other.
Mr. Staab is available for group chess lectures, simultaneous exhibitions and personal coaching. He can be reached online at SandyTheChessGuy@gmail.com or see his facebook page at http://facebook.com/thechessguy or website at http://sandythechessguy.weebly.com.