ANNUAL CITY-WIDE CHESS
TOURNEY HOSTED BY FSBGC
In collaboration with the Fort Smith Public Schools,
the Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club hosted the second
annual elementary chess tournament on May 16 at the
Evans unit. 56 participants represented six local schools
in the event.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to host the
event at the Boys & Girls Club” said Evans unit director
Tim Higgins. “These kids are really serious about their
game and display outstanding discipline, self-control
and sportsmanship” he added. Higgins also serves as a
volunteer chess instructor with the school system.
Each of the participants play a match in every round
of the tournament. A win earns the student one point, a tie
gets half a point, and loss accounts for zero points. After
four or fi ve rounds, the school with the most overall points
wins. The tournament lasts four hours, and the student
with the most points comes in fi rst overall. Players are
usually able to get four matches in within the time frame.
Christ the King Elementary school was the overall
tournament winner with a total score of 15. Carnall
Elementary fi nished second with 11.5 points and Howard
Elementary came in third with 10.5 points. Vinny Nguyen
was crowned the individual winner by defeating Parker
Crisp in the championship game.
The Boys & Girls Club will plan to host the next
elementary city-wide tournament in May 2013.