All-Schools Chess tournament set for February 10

posted Dec 14, 2017, 2:44 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 14, 2017, 2:45 PM ]

The 41st annual all-schools chess tournament has been set for Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Madison Middle School according to Robert Peters, coordinator for the event. It will be directed by Dennis Glascock of Houston, Texas, who is certified as a senior director by the U.S. Chess Federation. Mr. Glascock will be assisted by Carl Vickburg, Larry Broukal, and Ken Short.

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 from the office at each school or using the link below.

There will be separate divisions for elementary, middle school, and high school players, with winning prizes for the winning players. It will be a Swiss-system tournament in which each student will play four games, irrespective of his or her win-loss record. No players will be eliminated from the tournament because of the loss of a game.

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
Players compete at the 2015 All-Schools Chess Tournament

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Dec 14, 2017, 2:44 PM