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Upcoming K-8 PALS Scholastic Chess Tournaments will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on:


Saturday, September 29:  Register Here! (see below for details)

Saturday, October 27

Saturday, November 17

Saturday, December 15 


Tournament Flyer     Register online

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The first PALS tournament of the 2018-19 school year promises all the excitement of the Panov-Botvinnik Attack in the Caro-Kann Defense (that’s pretty exciting, trust me)!  We will 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, hopefully, a smile!

When:  Saturday, September 29 from 9:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Please arrive no later than 9:00  .

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 7:45 and 8:30 a.m.  A mandatory player’s meeting begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by 5 rounds, no longer than 45 minutes each.  The awards ceremony will begin at approximately 1:15 p.m. and we will conclude at around 1:30 p.m.

Lunch:  There will be a lunch break after round 3.  Snacks and Pizza will be available for purchase on-site, from the DLS chess team. Players can also bring their own sack lunches. There is no close restaurant d–so please bring your own food, or plan on ordering some concessions from the team!


  • 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 K-1 participant who scores the most points, medals for outstanding sportsmanship and outstanding games, and more!  Everyone leaves a winner.


  • Can YOU defeat the Colorado State Champion?  After the main tournament ends, PALS Head Coach, National Master and reigning Colorado State Champion Lior Lapid will take on all comers in a simultaneous exhibition! All who win will receive an inscribed trophy commemorating their achievement.  Parents are welcome to team up with their kids!


  • 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).