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Dear Parents, Coaches and Students,
Polk Scholastic Chess (PSC) is a nonprofit organization offering an extracurricular activity open to all students of Polk County, Florida, enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade, including home-schooled students (who are residents of Polk County). We exist to encourage academic growth through the game of chess. PSC has been committed since over 30 years to “encouraging academic growth through the game of chess”.
Check out the tournament schedule for the 2024-25 season! 
Our tournament setting allows the students to be as competitive as they want to be and challenged, yet not penalized due to their ability level. Polk County students are encouraged to register online at www.polkscholasticchess.com. Additionally, we recognize graduating seniors who have had an extended length of participation with Polk Scholastic Chess and who have made active contributions to their school and community. As part of this encouragement for academic growth we award two scholarships to graduating seniors (more info check the "Scholarship" page).
We encourage parents to use the summer vacation to teach new tricks to their children and make them better players. 
NOTE FOR FOOD VENDORS and FOOD TRUCKS: We invite insured food vendors to apply for participation at our tournaments. We ask that you provide us a money order of $100 per tournament day, a proof of your insurance, hold harmless, additional riders, as well as the background checks for all of your staff who will be present on site. We reserve the right to review the menu and approve or deny items, if there is a conflict with a previously approved vendor (we have first come first come policy as well as we try to minimize competition for same food menu.  
The board members at Polk Scholastic Chess believe that the game of Chess is an exciting way to teach critical thinking skills, sequencing, sportsmanship, self-control, and many other skills important for academic growth and development. We have seen the progress of students who play chess and their improvement academically. Even if your student is not a high achiever, or has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, Chess is for everyone!

The board members are volunteers drawn from a diverse constituency of technocrats, professionals, medical practitioners, school board specialists, parents and entrepreneurs committed to student academics. The board members have contributed their time, energy and funds for maintaining Florida's largest scholastic chess tournament framework for over 30 years with their experience, commitment, diverse opinions and connections, while keeping one common mission. 
Tournament Manual           
Polk Scholastic Chess is a nonprofit organization established in the State of Florida, offering an extracurricular activity open to all students of Polk County, Florida, enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade, including home-schooled students. PSC has been committed since over 25 years to “encouraging academic growth through the game of chess”.



The tournament venue is the Bartow Civic Center (2250 S. Floral Ave, Bartow, FL 33830). Click here for the Bartow Civic Center Google map.
The dates for the 2024 - 2025 season tournaments are:
    First Tournament: Saturday, 10/12/2024
    Second Tournament: Saturday, 11/2/2024
    Third Tournament: Saturday, 12/7/2024
    Fourth Tournament: Saturday, 1/18/2025
    Championship Tournament: Saturday, 3/8/2024 (Players must have played 12 of the 16 rounds to qualify for the Championship). 
Day Schedule (subject to change based on check-in delays):
7:30 am: Check-in begins.
8:30 am: Check-in deadline over. Announcements start.
9:30 am - 10:30 am: First Game
11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Second Game
-- Lunch break -- 
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Third Game
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Fourth Game. 
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE ON REPORTING TIME & CHECK-IN: On all the tournament days, the registered players present on that day should be checked-in at our tournament hall by the Coaches by 8:15 am. Parents, please ensure with the coach that your children/players are accurately checked-in at the front desk; our front desk team has school-wise check-in forms listing all players so that the coaches can appropriately check them in. This Check-in form ensures that the player is present on the tournament day and can be paired with an opponent on our computer systems. If your child has been registered as an independent player, you as parent/guardian must get him/her checked in. CLICK HERE FOR THE MANUAL & RULES

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