Encouraging kids to play chess is a time-honored and exquisitely fun means of developing their analytical thinking and STEM skills. In that spirit, there are a number of scholastic chess tournaments coming up in North Dakota (or just across the border in Moorhead), that I wanted to bring to the attention of librarians, teachers, parents, and chess enthusiasts.
On January 25 the FM Chess Tournament will be held at the Moorhead Center Mall.
On February 8 there will be a Scholastic Tournament in Flasher for grades K-12. It will be held in the school cafeteria.
Finally, on April 12, the North Dakota Scholastic Chess Championship will be held in Bismarck at the Shiloh Christian School. The top player from this tournament will qualify for a national tournament!
Typical scholastic tournaments have separate sections for grades K-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12 to balance play.
You can find out more information on the North Dakota Chess Association’s Tournaments page.
If tournaments aren’t your thing, there are more casual chess clubs that meet regularly throughout the state. You can find a list of these at the North Dakota Chess Association’s site. In addition, I know there are chess club meetings at the Grand Forks Public Library and the Leach Public Library in Wahpeton–if your library has a chess club, you may wish to contact NDCA to get it listed on their page!
If you’d like to be regularly informed about upcoming ND chess events, consider subscribing to the NDCA’s newsletter for a very reasonable age-tiered membership rate.