One of the Winners of the Scholastic Service Awards: Southern Arizona Chess Association (SACA)

Southern Arizona Chess Association (SACA)

The Southern Arizona Chess Association (SACA) is one of the recipients of the prestigious Scholastic Service Award (Organization).

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).

In the early 90’s contributions by Lee LeFrese were instrumental to the initial development of SACA.

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 and the current National H.S. Chess ChampionsCatalina Foothills H.S. from Tucson, Arizona, who have won two of the past three National High School Championships.

It’s not surprising that they would receive such a prestigious award considering their performance, commitment and contributions to the chess community throughout the years.

Congratulations Southern Arizona Chess Association!

To find out more about the Southern Arizona Chess Association visit their website at

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