Amateur Team Tournament Chess

After lengthy deliberation the Scholastic Council is pleased to put forth two names for the Scholastic Service AwardStephen Shutt and Michael Khodarkovsky.

This week we will be featuring the recipients of this prestigious award, for the individual awards and the group awards.

In addition, the USCF Scholastic Council has nominated the Southern Arizona Chess Association (SACA) for the Scholastic Service Award – Organization.

These nominations were ratified by the U.S. Chess Federation’s Executive Board.  The official awards will be given to the recipients at the luncheon which usually takes place in conjunction with the USCF’s annual meeting in August 2008.

The Southern Arizona Chess Association (SACA) has been an affiliate of the USCF since 1980.

During the school year, SACA runs a scholastic league for schools throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Thousands of students have played in the league, with monthly tournaments that currently average 250 participants (as high as 425 some years).

The SACA scholastic league has produced state and national individual and team champions at every level, including GM Tal Shaked, the 1995 World Junior Champion.

Check back later this week for more !