Tuesday, March 31, 2020

High Schoolers and Adults, Join SACA on Chess.com!

SACA's ChessKid tournaments have been a huge hit! Now, we want to offer something for high schoolers and adults, too!
Join our club on Chess.com: SACA Chess.com Club
Please share the link with family and friends to help our club grow! Be on the lookout for fun online events coming your way soon 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Join Southern Arizona Chess Association on ChessKid.com!

Southern Arizona Chess Association will now offer tournaments online for kids!
If you are pre-K through 8th grade, create your FREE account on ChessKid with SACA's group link to join our club. Our club is not limited to southern Arizona kids, so please share - the more kids we have, the more fun events we can hold!

Be sure to use SACA's special link so that you are added to our Club.
Stay tuned for more information on tournament times and possible other fun online events!
If you already have a ChessKid account and would like to join SACA's club, email michelle@chesskid.com with your username to be added.

Friday, March 13, 2020

*Cancellation of Regional Qualifier 2 - March 21, 2020*

Southern Arizona Chess Association (SACA) must unfortunately announce that the 2020 Regional Qualifier 2, scheduled March 21, 2020, at Harelson Elementary School has been cancelled.
By recommendation of Tucson Mayor Regina Romero’s recent statement that “..events with expected attendance of at least 50 people should be postponed”, SACA’s board of directors met this week and the decision to cancel was unanimous. The City of Tucson’s guidelines are in place until at least March 31, 2020.
SACA fully supports that the health, safety, and well-being of all players, parents, extended family members, coaches, and tournament staff supersedes holding this next tournament. We do hope to reschedule the tournament and will continue to monitor our local, state, and federal government recommendations, but do not have a date at this time.
The SACA Board of Directors understands that this will impact players and their opportunity to qualify for the Arizona State Scholastic Chess Championships. We recommend contacting the Arizona Chess Federation (ACFI) with any questions or concerns about qualification requirements.
Refunds will be processed and your full entry fee will be returned. Please contact the SACA board at scholastic@sazchess.org with any questions. We appreciate your understanding.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Important Electronic Device Policy Information For AZ State Grades This Saturday!

Important information for
AZ State Grade Championships this weekend! 

SACA will be following the US Chess policy adopted for national events regarding electronic devices for this championship.
Participants (upon starting their game) and spectators (where permitted) must not have on their person in the playing area any cell phone, smart watch, tablet, laptop, or other Internet-enabled device. This includes all electronic scoresheets.
If a player wishes to bring such a device into the tournament hall, the device must be turned off (not placed into “silent” or “airplane” mode) and placed either face-up on the table where the player has a game in progress, or placed into a bag that the player does not carry or open during the game in progress.
Any player that needs an exemption to the policy may email information@sazchess.org for more information.


AZ State Grade Championships Registration Information
There's still time to register for the main event! Online registration is open until 6p MST on Friday, January 10th.


On-site registration is Friday 5-8 pm or Saturday 8-9 am.

AZ State Grade Championship Blitz Information
On-site registration for blitz is from 5-6 PM on Jan. 10th at the Doubletree Suites Tucson Airport. No phone entries accepted.

Round 1 for blitz will begin at 6:30 PM on Friday, January 10th. Rounds will begin immediately upon completion of previous round.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Arizona Illustrated Features SACA Board Secretary Jonathan Martinez!

Arizona Illustrated recently featured SACA Board Secretary, Jonathan Martinez, in a feature about chess and how chess can build community and empower others. Check it out here!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Ye Olde Pueblo Open Makes The Local News!

Southern Arizona Chess Association thanks to all of the players, parents, and coaches for supporting the Ye Olde Pueblo Open!
US Chess ratings reports can be found here and here

Final standings can be found here.
KOLD covered the tournament here

Sunday, July 21, 2019

2019 Ye Old Pueblo Final Results/Standings





SACA Elections Results

SACA is pleased to announce the Board of Directors for 2019-2020:

President: Martha Underwood
Vice President: Michelle Martinez
Treasurer: Lee LaFrese
Secretary: Jonathan Martinez

Robby Adamson
Satheesh Aradhyula
David Bohm
Steve Martinez
Joseph Reed
John Wright