32nd Polk Scholastic Chess  Tournament (2019-2020) Registrations

Greetings to Chess Coaches and Chess Parents from Polk Scholastic Chess! Hope the Polk County's best chess players have settled down at school in the new year!

Registration is now closed for the 2019-20 season.

The dates for the tournaments will be:
   Tournament 1 - October 26, 2019
   Tournament 2 - November 9, 2019
   Tournament 3 - December 7, 2019
   Tournament 4 - January 11, 2020
   Championship - March 7, 2020
(Note: Players must have played 12 of the 16 rounds to qualify for the Championship)

All of the tournaments will be Game 30. Check-in latest by 8:30 am at the registration desk.

The venue for the tournaments will be the Bartow Civic Center. Click here for the Bartow Civic Center Google map.

More information on the tournaments will be sent in my next email!


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 rules to the kids.

Please remind your players that in order to qualify for this Championship tournament in March 2020, 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.


Vendors: We 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. Contact Ms. Arlene Gable if you are interested in becoming a vendor at our tournaments.

Volunteers: We need parent volunteers at the front desk - you are welcome to join our volunteer family.
Food: There will be a few options for food at the tournament site. Additionally, there are also a few restaurants and fast food places within 10 minutes drive from the venue.
Chairs: Feel free to bring your chairs, tables and canopies.
Weather: Please 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 and No Pets please - we do not want any accidents with any of the 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.

Look forward to a wonderful new chess season and meeting you all soon!

Thank you for your continued support and participation.

Board Members
Polk Scholastic Chess


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Polk County School Board Superintendent Ms. Jacqueline Byrd


IMPORTANT NOTE: The tournament venue for the tournaments will be the Bartow Civic Center (2250 S. Floral Ave, Bartow, FL 33830).




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