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Tell them about the Library’s Summer Chess Tournament!

Each year, the Children’s Services department at the Main Library offers a “just-for-fun” Chess Tournament for kids in Preschool through Grade 5. It is an all-day event; kids each play 5 rounds of chess, with snacks and pizza and juice and more chess play between rounds.

Doesn’t this look like fun? Chess is AWESOME!

The day starts at 9:00 am with tournament sign-in and ends at 3:30 with an Awards Ceremony. And it’s all FREE!

Sound like fun? Do YOU know a kid who might be interested? This year’s tournament for kids takes place at the Main Library on Saturday, August 2nd. We ask all kids to register in advance if possible; the requested deadline for registration is Tuesday, July 29th.

For more information, or to register for the tournament, call the Children’s Services department at 260.421.1220. You can also find the advance registration form here — just print it off, fill in all the information, and drop it off at any Allen County Public Library. We look forward to seeing your kids at the Chess Tournament!

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Each year, the Children’s Services department at the Main Library offers a “just-for-fun” Chess Tournament for kids in Preschool through Grade 5. It is an all-day event; kids each play five rounds of chess, with snacks and pizza and juice and more chess play between rounds.

Last year, 72 kids signed up to play in the ACPL Children's Chess Tournament

Last year, 72 kids signed up to play in the ACPL Children’s Chess Tournament

The day starts at 9:00 am with tournament sign-in and ends at 3:30 pm with an Awards Ceremony. And it’s all FREE!

Sound like fun? This year’s tournament for kids takes place one week from today, on Saturday, July 27th. We are extending our registration deadline and will be accepting advance registrations through Thursday, July 25th.

For more information, or to register for the tournament, call the Children’s Services department at 260.421.1220. You can also find the advance registration form here — just print it off, fill in all the information, and drop it off at any Allen County Public Library. We look forward to seeing you and your kids at the Chess Tournament!

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Last Saturday, 72 children in Kindergarten through fifth grade signed up to play in an all day chess tournament at the Main Library.

While many trophies were awarded to the children who won the most games in each division, a highlight of the tournament was giving “Good Sportsmanship” awards to kids who had been nominated by other players, parents, as well as staff and volunteers who were working at the tournament. Comments received on the nomination forms included:

  • He was always polite and always helpful to his opponents
  • She helped me set up the pieces
  • Though the game was quick and he lost, he came to the scorer’s table happy and talking and challenging his opponent to another game between rounds.
  • Shaking hands before a round of chess games begins was just one way to demonstrate good sportsmanship

    He was always making friends with other players

  • He was very patient and polite with an opponent who was not very clear on the rules
  • She was a good winner
  • He is really nice to everyone
  • He didn’t get mad when he lost his queen
  • Even after he lost to me, he was happy and shook my hand
  • She wished me good luck before the game
  • He was a happy loser
  • She was funny and fair and a good chess player. She beat me.

This year’s winners of the Good Sportsmanship Awards were:

Kindergarten Sam Correll

Grade One Alister Upton-McGarity

Grade Two Gracelyn Kellogg

Grade Three Morgan DiClementi-Ross

Grade Four Josh Carter

Grade Five Marshall Frank

We congratulate all the chess players for their great attitudes all day long as well as their ability to stay focused during a full day of five rounds of chess.

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We have a Summer Chess Tournament just for you!

Teens, Grades 6 to 12:

Play chess, eat pizza and snacks, and have fun at the YA Chess Tournament to be held on Saturday, June 30th. There will be three age and skill levels; you could win one of the 18 trophies to be given away! Ask your librarian for an advance registration form or call Young Adult Services at 260.421.1255 for more information.

Kids, Preschool to Grade 5:

This all-day event for kids will be held on Saturday, July 7th. Kids each play 5 rounds of chess, with snacks and pizza and juice and more chess play between rounds. The day starts at 9:00 am with tournament sign-in, and ends at 3:30 with an Awards Ceremony.  For more information, or to register for the tournament, call the Children’s Services department at 260.421.1220. You can also find the advance registration form here — just fill it out, print it off, and drop it off at any Allen County Public Library.

Both Chess Tournaments will be held at the Main Library in downtown Fort Wayne. We’d love to have you join us!

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Chess Club

Meet up with other chess players and play some games. No registration required, no charge; all ages are welcome!

George Shorrock Ashcombe Wheatcroft, c1960s

  • Every Saturday
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Main Library, meets in Young Adult Services

 

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All Ages Chess Club

Looking for a fun way to sharpen your chess skills and play some games?  Join fellow chess aficianados at the ACPL All Ages Chess Club.

 •  every Saturday

 •  11:00 am – 1:00 pm

  •  •  meets in Young Adult Services (Main Library)

There’s no minimum or maximum age, no fees, and no preregistration required!

 

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