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Dear Parents and Coaches

As you all know, we had to cancel our first tournament due to the threat posed by Hurricane Matthew. To my knowledge, this is the first time in almost two decades that we had to take such a drastic step to ensure safety of our kids. We tried to reserve another day in lieu of the first tournament, but we were informed that all Saturdays are booked at the Civic Center. So we have decided to proceed with our second option.

Please note and inform your team about this important change: We will have five (5) games each for the remaining qualifying tournaments (December 3rd, 2016; January 14th, 2017 and February 4th, 2017). Players will have to play at least 12 games to qualify for the Championship tournament on March 11, 2017.

The Team / Player Check in should be done latest by 8.30 am. We will try our best to complete the 5 games by 4 pm.

Thank you all for your patience and flexibility. I hope the players are practicing regularly, and the extra time is helping them to sharpen their skills.

See you on Dec 3, 2016 at Bartow Civic Center.

Malay Shah


NOTE (2:10 pm; 10/5/2016): Polk Scholastic Chess Tournament (Oct 8, 2016) HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Parents and Coaches,

As most of you know, we have an extreme weather threat and our entire county may be impacted. We also got news that Polk county schools are closed for the next two days. Schools in Orange, Seminole, Lake, Osceola, Brevard and Volusia counties will be closed Thursday and Friday as well.

Polk County is expected to have storms and possibly flood situations. If we have thunderstorms, strong winds and lightening at our tournament venue on Saturday, we may have safety issues with over 560 kids there.
With the potential weather related risks, keeping safety of the children as our top priority, we have decided to cancel the tournament on October 8, 2016. Please inform others in your team in case they didn't get a chance to see this notice.

If we are able to procure the tournament hall on another day, we will update it on this site and email all parents/coaches.

Thank you for your patience and your support to keep our children safe. 

Malay Shah
On behalf of all Board Members at Polk Scholastic Chess

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization offering an extracurricular activity open to all students of Polk County, Florida enrolled in Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, including home-schooled students. We exist to encourage academic growth through the game of chess. PSC has been committed since over 25 years to encouraging academic growth through the game of chess

PSC organizes chess tournaments for all Polk County public schools and is supported by the Polk County School Board. Every year, around 600 kids participate in the tournaments from the entire Polk County, Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade, making it the largest scholastic chess tournament in the State of Florida.

March 2016 Championship Tournment:
Polk Scholastic Chess would like to congratulate all players for their interest and love of the game they have demonstrated through the entire season.The students always pushed on playing every game the hardest they could. We would also like to congratulate Ms. Simon Gable (Bartow IB), for winning the senior scholarship.

None of this could have happened if the parents, volunteers and coaches weren’t committed, so hats off to them all for their support our mission. Also, our special thanks to all of our chief guests this season, Mr. John Miller (Curriculum Specialist, Accelerated Programs at Polk County School Board), Mrs. Hazel Sellers (currently serving her fourth four-year term on the School Board of Polk County), Dr. Brenda Hardman (Principal, International Baccalaureate Bartow), and Mrs. Trish Pfeiffer, Mayor, City of Bartow.


Venue for the next season (2016-17):

In the 2016-2017 academic year, the Polk Scholastic Chess tournaments will be conducted at the Bartow Civic Center. The dates for the tournaments will be:

  • October 8th, 2016
  • December 3rd, 2016
  • January 14th, 2017
  • February 4th, 2017
  • March 11th, 2017


Click here for the Bartow Civic Center map

Bartow Civic Center
2250 S Floral Ave, Bartow, FL 33830

More information on the Civic Center and facilities will be posted on our site near the start of the new academic year.





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