Thursday, June 19, 2014

SACA Voting Process

Registered members may vote in person at the Ye Old Pueblo chess tournament during the weekend of July 19-20, 2014. Voting shall be closed one hour prior to commencement of the annual meeting to be conducted on Sunday 7/20. You must be 13 years old or older to vote and a registered SACA member to participate in the voting.  SACA members who have already registered for membership need not register again.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Call for Nominations for SACA Board

The SACA board consists of the following positions:

Vice President
(4) Directors at Large

Terms are one year commencing immediately after election results are announced. If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please send an email to the current SACA president at:, and indicate the position you are interested in running for. Nominations will close June 30, 2014. You must be a SACA member in order to run for office or to vote in the election.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

2012-2013 Landon Brownell Memorial Chess Scholarship Recipients

The SACA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the recipients of the Landon Brownell Memorial Chess Scholarship for the 2012-2013 chess year. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support to Southern Arizona scholastic chess players who have demonstrated excellence in chess and a desire to further their chess development.

The recipients were confirmed at the SACA Board meeting held on 9/30/13, and should be receiving their official letter this week.

The SACA Board congratulates these players on their rating achievement and looks forward to their continued chess success in southern Arizona.

2012-2013 scholarship recipients:

3rd Grade: Jonathan Martinez. Eli Cindrich, Brian Belakovsky

6th Grade: Ryan Thompson (Honorable Mention), Daniel Shevelev (Honorable Mention)

7th Grade: Ethan Li, Sreekar Bommireddy (Honorable Mention)

8th Grade: Xiexan Wang (Honorable Mention)

9th Grade: Rohan Mittal, Bohan Li (Honorable Mention)

10th Grade: Bryan Hu, Kinsleigh Wong (Honorable Mention), Derek Chen (Honorable Mention)

12th Grade: Steven Pennock, Justin Arnold (Honorable Mention)

For more information about the Landon Brownell Memorial Chess Scholarship and for eligibility requirements, please visit:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tucson Scholastic Warm-Up Results

Thanks to all who attended the Tucson Scholastic Warm-Up on Saturday and thank you to Warren Elementary School, Principal Robin Dunbar, and Coach Mitch Shacter for hosting! 

The tournament has been rated, and results can be found here:
Tournament results are as follows:

Section A
1st: Quinn Hudson 
2nd: Brian Belakovsky
3rd: Michael Simon 
4th: Yulia Savine
5th: Robert Leenhouts

Section B
1st: Derek Liang
2nd: Ryan Zou
3rd: Kennedy Warrilow
4th: Trey Allen
5th: Drew Smith

Section C
1st: Kesav Chandran
2nd: Hunter Holt
3rd: Annelise Allen
4th: Damien Hardin
5th: Nghishawn Nguyen

Section D
1st: Isabelle Simon
2nd: Reece Cain
3rd: Gregory Allen
4th: Austin Rigg
5th: Alexander Hoover

Section E
1st: Francesca Pieroni
2nd: Anthony Somohano
3rd: Ray Xiang
4th: Nitish Bhamidipati
5th: Ulysse Worrall

Section F
1st: Aaron Steele
2nd: Connor Belakovsky
3rd: Eleonore Worrall
4th: Alexander Yee
5th: Lucas Dent

Non-Rated Section
1st: Natay Buss
2nd: Allan Chavarin
3rd: Cipriano Herrera
4th: Armen Moomjian

5th: Mical Clark

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Register for the Tucson Scholastic Warm-up! Saturday, September 28th

Don't forget to register for the Tucson Scholastic Warm-up! Hope to see you this Saturday at Warren Elementary School. Registration is available online at:

The Warm-up is a USCF-rated, 4-round Swiss System tournament with 12-16 player groups determined by rating. Open to students in grades K-12.

A non-rated section for K-5, U500 players is also available.

Please visit to register or to download the flyer for more information!

SACA Board Meeting

SACA's next board meeting will be held next Monday, 9/30. Below are the meeting details:

Date: Monday, September 30 at 7pm.
Location: SOREO Training Office, 2475 E Water Street

Friday, September 6, 2013

Volunteer Webmaster Needed

SACA is seeking a volunteer webmaster to maintain and update our web page.  If you have the skills and are willing to help the organization, please send an email to Troy Oberg, SACA President. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Scholastic Clinic - Sunday, September 8th, 1-3pm

There will be a scholastic clinic on Sunday, September 8th, from 1-3pm, to discuss the upcoming SACA scholastic season.

The clinic will take place in the conference room of the Murphy-Wilmot Library, located at 520 N. Wilmot Rd.  

Please refer to the tentative SACA scholastic schedule at: and bring your questions and comments to the clinic.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tucson Scholastic Warm-up - Saturday, September 28, 2013

SACA will kick off its scholastic year on Saturday, September 28th, 2013! Please join us at Warren Elementary School for the Tucson Scholastic Warm-up! Registration is available online at:

The Warm-up is a USCF-rated, 4-round Swiss System tournament with 12-16 player groups determined by rating. Open to students in grades K-12. USCF membership is required. USCF Membership (annual membership) may be purchased online at the USCF website.

Please visit to register or to download the flyer for more information!

Monday, July 15, 2013

SACA Annual Meeting - Sunday, July 21, 2013

The SACA annual meeting will be held this Sunday, July 21st at 3pm.  The meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn - Palo Verde. All SACA members are encouraged to attend!