Raleigh, NC, September 13, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- North Carolina's largest chess event will be hosted by Chess Achieves in the City of Raleigh from February 18 to 20, 2011. The event will be held in the Raleigh Convention Center. The K-12 and Collegiate State Chess Championship will draw hundreds of young chess players from across the State of North Carolina.
Entry in the championship sections is only for students in North Carolina. Over 300 awards for all different age levels and abilities await the winners. The top prize is the title of Scholastic State Chess Champion and a $1,500 scholarship. The event sections are kindergarten to 1st grade, kindergarten to 3rd grade, kindergarten to 5th grade, kindergarten to 8th grade, and kindergarten to 12th grade championship.
The wide range of tournament sections helps to accommodate different age levels and those new to chess tournaments. First time tournament players and new chess players are welcome and have excellent chances to win their class rating. Additionally, there are chess side events for Adults, Blitz, Bughouse, and a Master Simul. Blitz games are the fast-paced games giving each player only 5 minutes of time to complete an entire game. Bughouse is a fast-paced team of two chess players that work together and share chess pieces. A Master Simul is a where a chess master takes on multiple players at different boards at the same time.
The 2010 Champion was a 6th grader, William Campbell of Statesville, NC. Organizers at Chess Achieves are excited and anticipating a tremendous turnout for 2011. "Elementary schools have started teaching chess as a low cost and fun way to help kids learn and improve standardized test performance," said Bill Clausen from Chess Achieves. Chess programs are found in many top schools as part of the curriculum. The event has not been held in Raleigh for over 7 years and many new school chess programs have started during that time. To learn more please visit ChessAchieves.com.