by Charles County Public Schools Press Releases

Registration for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) annual winter chess tournament set for 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 at Henry E. Lackey High School, is now open for students. The tournament is for students in kindergarten through Grade 12.

Interested participants must register online at https://ccpsregistration.wufoo.com/forms/ccps-2019-winter-chess-tournament/ by Wednesday, Feb. 20. Walk-in registrations are not accepted.

The tournament features a four round Swiss style format. Students compete in eight divisions of play, depending on their grade level of enrollment: kindergarten through first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade, Grades 7-8 and Grades 9-12.

The first match begins at 9 a.m., with additional matches beginning at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Players competing in the 7-8 and 9-12 grade-level divisions will use chess clocks to play 15 minutes per game. Sign-in for registered players begins at 8 a.m.; students must check in by 8:45 a.m. in order to be paired for play in the first round. Students who check in after 8:45 a.m. are paired for the second round.

An awards ceremony will follow the matches beginning at 12 p.m. Players will receive a trophy, medal and/or certificate for participation. Participation is free and open to all Charles County students. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Questions can be directed to Susan Dobbs at sfdobbs@ccboe.com or 301-934-7369, or Ann Taylor at ataylor@ccboe.com or 301-934-7378.

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