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Upcoming K-8 PALS Scholastic Chess Tournaments will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on:


Saturday, November 17:  PALS Scholastic Chesstravaganza 

(click the link to register or see below for details)

Saturday, December 15


Tournament Flyer     Register online

Two student chess players shaking hands.












Our third PALS tournament of the 2018-19 school year will be even more exciting than the World Chess Championship which will be going on at the same time!  Let’s show Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana what top-level chess looks like :)

We will once again have three separate sections: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. See below for more details.  As always, our tournaments are kid-friendly and lots of fun.  Every child will leave with an award and, most importantly a smile!

When:  Saturday, November 17th from 9:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.  Please register no later than Friday, November 16th and plan to arrive by 8:45 or earlier for check-in.

Where:  Platte River Academy, 4085 Lark Sparrow St., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Entry Fee:  $20, or just $10 for first-time participants!

Schedule: Parents and kids should check in between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.  Round times are 9:15, 10:00, 10:45, and 12:10 (after lunch break)  The awards ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. and we will conclude at 1:15 p.m. Optional “Bughouse” team event after tournament (see  below).

Lunch:  There will be a lunch break after round 3 from 11:30 -12:10.  Children may bring a packed lunch or parents may take their kids home or to a restaurant during the lunch break.


  • Awesome Prizes: Trophies or medals for ALL participants!  Unique prizes such as the Chess Queen Trophy awarded to the girl who scores the most points, the David vs Goliath trophy to the Kindergartner who scores the most points, medals for outstanding sportsmanship and outstanding games, and more!  Everyone leaves a winner.


  • World Championship Highlights:     During the lunch break, PALS Head Coach Lior Lapid will show exciting highlights from the ongoing World Chess Championship between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana.  Participants will try to guess a few of the moves of the two top ranked players in the world, and prizes will be awarded for anyone who guesses correctly!


  • Bughouse BOOnanza!: After the tournament ends, children who are not yet “chessed out” may compete in our Bughouse BOOnanza Championship!  Bughouse is a popular chess variant in which captured pieces get recycled and reincarnated on teammates’ boards.  In other words, if you capture a queen, your opponent has one queen less and your partner has one queen more.  Those staying for bughouse will join one of two large teams, and one player on each team will be the mailman or mailwoman who carries pieces to teammates and also gives them advice!  If your children have not yet experienced the crazy fun adventure known as Bughouse Chess, they won’t want to miss this special game!


  • Kids will enjoy playing GIANT Team Chess outside between rounds, using the school’s giant pieces on their giant board!


  • Outdoor recreation includes a playground, basketball court and soccer field where kids can play games between rounds.


  • Non-elimination format means everyone plays all four rounds, no player is ever eliminated!


  • Seating will be available for parents who wish to stay at the tournament.  Wi-Fi access will be available through the school’s network (password provided at the tournament).