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PALS End of the School Year Chesstravaganza

Spring time is King time, Green time is Queen time
Register for the End of the School Year Chesstravaganza on May 20th


8:15 – 8:45 a.m.:  On-site check-in
9:15 a.m.:  Round 1
10:05 a.m.:  Round 2
10:55 a.m.: Round 3
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch Break
12:45 p.m.: Round 4
1:45 p.m.:  Awards Ceremony
2:15 p.m.:  Special events (optional): Simuls with National Masters and Colorado State Champions Griffin McConnell & Sullivan McConnell


Aspen Academy
5859 S University Blvd
Greenwood Village, CO 80121

Saturday, May 20th PALS End of the School Year Chesstravaganza

Three divisions: K-2, K-5, and K-8 (USCF rated) in both events

Don’t miss out on our last exciting tournament of the school year!  PALS tournaments are kid-friendly, tons of fun, and a great way to motivate your child to improve in chess while learning valuable chess and life lessons between rounds.  Recurring themes, told through personal stories and historical anecdotes, focus on good sportsmanship, growing from mistakes, and learning from losses in order to grow and achieve better results in the future — both on and off the chess board.  PALS Director Kevin McConnell will lead chess and life lessons between rounds.

Chess and Life Discussion Theme for our May Chesstravaganza: The summer break presents a unique opportunity for young minds, much like a chessboard full of potential moves.  As this school year comes to an end, the endless possibilities in chess will inspire kids to embrace summer’s endless possibilities by trying new things, making new friends, and learning from each and every new experience. Just as a chess player should try out new ideas outside his/her comfort zone in order to grow, we’ll motivate kids to expand their horizons this summer.

In addition to the tournament games, participants may enjoy a giant outdoor chess set, a playground where children can play outside between rounds, and as always, trophies and medals for for ALL.  Every child leaves with an award and most importantly, a smile 🙂  See online registration form for more details.

Special Events:

Simultaneous Exhibitions: Match wits with National Masters Griffin and Sullivan McConnell!

Can YOU defeat a Colorado State Champion? After the main tournament concludes, National Masters Griffin and Sullivan McConnell will take on all comers in a simultaneous exhibition! Children are welcome to play on a team with their friends, siblings, or parents.  Two Best Game trophies will be awarded at the end of the event.

Awesome Prizes!

PALS Chess Academy returns with fantastic array of trophies or medals for ALL participants!  These include large trophies trophies for the top ten and large medals for the top 20 in each section. Unique prizes include the Chess Queen Trophies awarded to the girls who score the most points in each section, the David vs Goliath trophy to the player in the youngest grade who scores the most points in each section, outstanding sportsmanship medals, fighting spirit medals and more!


The lunch break is between rounds 3 and 4 from around 11:45 (or whenever your child’s third round game ends) until 12:45, when the final round begins.  There are plenty of restaurants in the area, and parents and children may also bring a packed lunch to the tournament.