State Championship this weekend – in JAX!!

 
                                        
LABOR DAY WEEKEND SEES CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP RETURN TO JACKSONVILLE AFTER 30 YEARS 
 
PARTICIPATION IN THE TOURNAMENT, CHESS REPRESENTS EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
 
 
Jacksonville, FL, August 28- the Arnold Denker Florida State Chess Championship to be held September 1-4, 2017 at the Jacksonville Marriott. The 3-day main event expects to draw over 170 players competing for $10,000 in prizes. Players from as far away as Canada and Uganda are already committed to play in the three-day main event; a 
one-day scholastic tournament will be held on Sunday September 3.  The Jacksonville event has targeted strong student participation because participation in Chess is associated with critical measures of student educational success and achievement.
 
The Florida Chess Association sponsors this annual event, but Creating Higher Educational Success in Schools is the organizer of this year’s tournament with Steve Lampkin acting as Chief tournament director assisted by the president of the Jacksonville chess club Kevin Pryor. A Jacksonville native and president of the Florida Chess Association William Bowman states, “I am excited that the tournament returns to my hometown after such a long absence.”
 
Many school districts across the country are using chess as a valuable educational tool. The North Tonawanda, NY school district has seen students’ critical thinking, reading, and problem-solving skills improve since implementing a chess program. Currently the Orange County Public Schools have a chess program in 129 of their schools with plans on expanding into all 188 of their schools within the next 2 years. 
 
 
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For more information, contact Stephen Lampkin at Creating Higher Educational Success in Schools at 386-682-9527 or chessinschools@aol.com