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What: Jamestown Chess Tournament

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When: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18

Where: Knights of Columbus banquet hall, 519 1st Ave. S, Jamestown

Details: $10 admission, five game guarantee, age groups youth to adult

Contact: Jacob Denault, 952-4116; North Dakota Chess Association, ndchess.com


The Knight Club chess clubs at Jamestown Middle School and high school are hosting the first Jamestown Chess Tournament. The event is open to the community from kindergarten through adult with tournaments arranged by age group.

The event is sponsored by Jamestown Knights of Columbus with help from North Dakota Chess Association President Todd Wolf, said Jacob Denault, math teacher and chess coach at Jamestown High School. The $10 fee guarantees at least five rounds of play. Game time limits are 30 minutes with 5 second delays.

“We’re not there to make it a thing about how good you are,” Denault said. “It’s more of a chess event and about creating events for more people to play.”

A lot of kids learn chess at a young age playing with siblings, parents and grandparents, he said. The hope is that a lot of those kids would welcome the opportunity to play against new people and the tournaments will help start chess clubs in the elementary schools.

There is also a social element to chess, he said. There is a lot of time involved and people enjoy playing face to face rather than against a computer, he said.

Wolf noticed the growing interest in Jamestown when two groups of middle and high school kids came to the NDCA state tournament in Bismarck for two consecutive years, Denault said. He encouraged the chess clubs to organize community tournaments to grow that interest, he said.

“Other people can’t remember the last time we had a chess tournament in Jamestown,” Denault said.