Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Cheboygan hosts invitational chess tourney Saturday

CHEBOYGAN - Chess players will have the chance to put their skills to the test on Saturday in the Cheboygan Area High School cafeteria during the ninth annual Cheboygan Invitational Chess Tournament.

The invitational will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. with each participant guaranteed to play in at least four games. There will be 16 prizes spread over four competition categories.

“This tournament is the primary fund-raiser for the Cheboygan High School chess team,” said Jess Miller, tournament organizer and CHS chess coach. “This raises the money that allows us to participate in the state tournament each year.”

The invitational tournament offers an opportunity to chess players of all ages by using age-based divisions including, adult, high school, middle school and upper elementary.

Miller said he expects another good turnout this year - as long and the weather cooperates.

“We usually have a good number of participants and I think that will be that case again this year,” he noted. “Our number of participants usually falls between 50 and 80, and I think that's pretty good considering the weather this time of year.”

To get the word out about the invitational, Miller said he put flyers up in several Northern Michigan towns and issued invites to many known chess players.

For the past 10 years the CHS chess team has been traveling downstate to participate in the state tourney and for six of those years they have returned with a trophy, said Miller.

Miller also emphasized the value of chess even when players are away from the chess board.

“This game really helps kids with their decision making and forces them to evaluate the consequences of their decisions,” he explained.

Registration is $12 until today, and will be $15 at the door, which includes their lunch.

For more information contact Jess Miller at 231-238-4492.