Please encourage your school chess program to enter a team tournament!
Team events like these in North Carolina are excellent first tournaments for several reasons:
- Charlotte Chess Center Unrated Team Challenge, November 5: flyer, registration, and FAQ
- Triangle Chess Team Tournament, November 6: flyer and registration
First and foremost, students play with their friends, which is really fun!
Competing as a group relieves pressure that some students may feel, because if they lose some – or even all – of their games, they can still encourage their teammates and contribute to their team’s success.
They can wear school t-shirts, sit together, and enjoy snacks as a group between rounds to help build school spirit!
Team events are usually generous with team trophies, so schools have a good chance of winning something, especially if they have multiple teams.
Team events are a great way for coaches and organizers to promote their chess club! They can announce the team’s success at school and in the PTA newsletter, display their team trophies at school, and submit photos of the event to the yearbook.
Parents and teachers can also network with their peers from other schools and get ideas for improving their programs.
Now that I have convinced you to enter your club in a team event, here are some great ChessKid articles to help you prepare your students and their parents:
- “Getting Ready For Your First Tournament“
- “How to Start a Chess Club: Your First Tournament“
- “Using ChessKid to Prepare For Your First Tournament“
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