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Cullman Rookie Tournament


Arthur Cullman Rookie Chess Tournament

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Columbus Museum of Art

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

See this Cullman Rookie Memo and Parent Letter for detailed information. Coaches - send home and collect parent permission forms. Forward in school mail to Beth Gasior, Gifted and Talented, Linmoor Annex.

Register your student participants using this Cullman Registration Google Form. Coaches - please register all students at the same time on the form. Thank you!

The W. Arthur Cullman Rookie Chess Tournament is an opportunity for students in grades K-5 who are new to chess. The tournament is structured as a "learning tournament" with tables of eight students each competing as a "mini tournament" and guided by a HS volunteer. Each table has a trophy winner.

Nolan's Knights ES District


Nolan's Knights Elementary Chess Tournament

Friday, May 19, 2017, Columbus Metropolitan Main Library (96 S. Grant Ave.), 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

See this Nolan's Knights Tournament Memo for detailed information.

Register your tournament participants using this online Nolan's Knights Registration Form. To nominate a student for a Nolan's Knight Award, submit the information at this nomination form link.

The Nolan's Knights Elementary Chess Tournament is for more experienced chess players in grades K-5. Students will compete against 60-75 other chess players in a traditional chess tournament environment. This year's tournament will take place at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library. The tournament will result in first through fourth place winners who will all receive trophies. In honor of the namesake, students can be nominated by their chess coaches to receive a "Nolan's Knight" Award. This is a sportsmanship award for students who exhibit positive behaviors while learning chess.

No Chess Club?

If your school does not have a chess club, think about starting one! The Gifted and Talented Department has many resources to help you get started. We can provide instructional materials for beginners (you can learn along with your students), chess sets and chess demonstration boards. Chess is a great opportunity to encourage parent involvement. We have parents coaching chess at some of our schools who would love to talk to other parents and help them get started!

How to Start a Chess Club

Chess Resources

The game of chess helps young people learn to concentrate, think logically, overcome obstacles, spot patterns and categorize information. It helps with the development of problem-solving skills, planning, patience, focus of thought and self-discipline. Here is information about how to get chess started in your school.

Free Guide to Scholastic Chess

Chess Teaching Manual

Chess Lessons

101 Essential Chess Tips

Online Chess Options for Kids

Teaching Chess in the Classroom

Why Chess?

Why Chess Works

Chess helps students improve their mental abilities, such as problem solving, critical thinking, pattern recognition, planning ahead, spatial awareness, focus and concentration. This article How Chess Players' Brains are Different from Everyone Else's explains how chess can:

  • help develop advanced math and critical thinking skills
  • help players use both sides of the brain.
  • teach you to think in patterns.
  • teach you how to think like a computer.
  • help players become expert problem solvers.
  • help prevent Alzheimer's disease in oder players.

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