On May 5, 2012, we held our first All Sarasota Elementary Chess tournament at Selby Library, in downtown Sarasota. Many thanks to our sponsors, The NewGate School and Panera Bread. It was a great success for our first tournament. 40 kids from 7 schools participated. The event was covered by SNN and the Observer.
Below is a news report from SNN.
You can also see a gallery of photos from the tournament here, in the Sarasota Observer newspaper.
The kids and parents had a great time and look forward to the next tournament, which is in the planning stages. We are aiming for November 3, 2012, and will probably open the tournament to ages beyond Elementary School, at least through Middle School and possibly into High School.
The complete list of tournament results is available to registered website users here. Congratulations to all of our participants, especially Ari Ginsberg-Klemmt, a fourth grader at Pine View, who took home the first place trophy for this first event and Phillippi Shores Elementary who took first place in the team category.