31st Polk Scholastic Chess Tournament Season (2018-2019)

Championship Tournament March 9, 2019 at Carver Recreation Center
(520 S. Idlewood Ave, Bartow)

Greetings Chess Players, Parents and Coaches,

Our February 2019 tournament day started with the memory of a long time friend, supporter and volunteer, Mr. William Coile. His son, Christopher, whom we all are proud of, shared his emotions and memories with us. We also heard from our dear friend Mr. Chris Ali, who shared the volunteer desk with Mr. Coile for many years and Ms. Arlene Gable, our Board Member. Then Christopher Coile joined us on the stage to share the joy of chess with the winnners of the January tournament, like his Dad would have wanted him to do.

We announced the winners of the Logo contest - our judges announced a tie between Ms. Kyra Love (representing McLaughlin Middle School), Matthew Piccarreto (representing Sikes Elementary), Mark Williams (representing St. Paul Lutheran and Lakeland Christian Schools) and Kelly Spezzano (representing Bartow Elementary Academy). The booth design contest was won by Wedell Watson Elementary team along with their proud coach Ms. Susie Hardee. The banner design contest award went on to Bartow High. We sincerely thank the participants for sharing their art, insight and skill.

REMINDER #2The Championship Tournament is on March 9, 2019,  at Carver Recreation Center (520 S. Idlewood Ave, Bartow)

Carver Recreation Center - Facilities Layout


Schedule: For all the tournaments, the players should be present at the check-in desk at our tournament hall latest by 8:30 am - Please READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE CHECK-IN FORM and ensure your child/players are checked-in at the front desk - our front desk team has school-wise lists of all players including independant players. We will plan to start the announcements by 8:15 am so that we can start the games faster. Like previous years, unless we have emergencies like the hurricane, we will have four (4) games. We have tentatively planned to complete the tournament day by tentatively 3:30 pm, but will keep you updated via our Twitter feed. Lunch break will be around 12:30 noon.

1.    All of the tournaments will be Game 30.
2.    Please complete your paperwork on the Coaches Corner (on our website) so we can submit it to the school board. Please register online (no mailing required this year for your forms - we are going green one step at a time!)
3.    We encourage you to study our chess manual online, and explain the specific rules to the kids
4.    Please remind your players that in order to qualify for this Championship tournament in March 2019, a player must have competed in at least 12 of the possible 16 rounds, and if they have played at least the minimum games, they will qualify regardless of their score in the previous four tournaments.

5.   Mandatory Result Slips: Please print the result slips for Guppy and Primary division players this week so your team can use them during the games.

Vendors: We will have a few vendors at our tournament including food vendors. The vendors pay a fee so they can advertise at our tournaments and help us by keeping our registration fees low. We also have non-compete arrangement with them so no two vendors would compete for exactly same service or food on site. Please refrain from your business promotion activities unless you are registered with Polk Scholastic Chess.

: We always need parent volunteers to help us ensure safety of our kids - you are welcome to join our volunteer family by helping out in areas like safety, communication with parents about upcoming rounds, helping us maintain a smoke/drug/alcohol free environment, etc.

Food: There will be a few options for food at the tournament site (Taco Bell, Drica's Coffee, Dairy Queen, PJ's BBQ, etc.), depending on the vendors' schedules. Additionally, there are also a few restaurants and fast food places within 10 minutes drive from the venue.

Chairs: Please bring your folding chairs, tables and canopies - we may not have enough chairs for all parents.

Weather: We advise you to check the weather reports and have your kids dressed appropriately.

Twitter: Sign up if you haven't already for our Twitter feeds @PolkChess for tournament announcements, rounds and updates.


Safety: Please help us to keep our kids safe, by supervising them and also help keep the Civic Center property safe. Students that are not properly supervised by you (all day) will not be allowed to compete in PSC tournaments or rounds. No grills on the Civic Center premises please - we do not want any accidents with any of the kids. Lastly, please do not be surprised to see a police officer patrolling the premises to ensure safety of our kids.

NO SMOKING POLICY: Please help us maintain our tournament premises smoke free, alcohol free and drug free. We strongly need parent involvement to make this happen for our kids.

Thank you for your continued support and participation!

Malay Shah

Mr. William Robert Coile Jr.
(July 19, 1964 - Jan 26, 2019)

 We remember our friend William as the ever smiling and cheerful person who was always there at our chess tournaments, eager to help out. His wit and courage, even while he was fighting with health issues, gave inspiration to us all. He has passed on his spirit of volunteering and love of sports to his kids. 


Venue: The tournament venue for the 9th March 2019 Championship Tournament is Carver Recreation Center (520 S. Idlewood Ave, Bartow).






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