Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Landon Brownell Memorial Scholarships - Deadline to Apply is December 31, 2015!

The Southern Arizona Chess Association is pleased to offer merit-based scholarships up to the amount of $300 to any eligible scholastic chess player from the Southern Arizona region.  The scholarships will be awarded yearly.
The application is available at: Landon Brownell Scholarship


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.
Eligibility Requirements
As of June 30 of the current year the applicant must satisfy the following requirements:
  1. Live in Southern Arizona.  Southern Arizona is defined as Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz Counties.
  2. Participated in at least 1 SACA sponsored chess tournament since June 1 of the previous year. (Including SACA Scholastic League tournaments and US Amateur West.)
  3. Be a current (or family) member of SACA.
  4. Be enrolled in 3rd – 12th grade in school or the home schooled equivalent.
  5. Obtained the minimum official established USCF rating based on current grade at least once since June 30 of the previous year.
  6. Current Grade3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th11th12th
    USCF Minimum Rating1300140015001600170018001850190019502000
  7. In order to be eligible for the current year, the applicant cannot have received a SACA Merit Scholarship the previous year.  (Applicant would be listed as an Honorable Mention.)
Method of Award
SACA will reimburse up to $300 in chess expenses of the scholarship award winner.  The reimbursement will only be awarded once, but may be used for multiple expenses.  A receipt of purchase will be required in order for SACA to reimburse the scholarship winner.
The following are eligible for SACA Scholarship reimbursement:
  • Purchase of chess equipment, chess books, or chess software.
  • Attendance (including travel expenses) to an out of region tournament.
  • Attendance in a chess camp.
If there are any questions regarding permissible use of scholarship funds, please contact SACA prior to purchasing any good or services.  Chess lessons are NOT permissible for scholarship funds.  Scholarship funds are non-transferable.
Requests for reimbursement (including all receipts) are due December 31 of the following year in which the scholarship was awarded.  All late requests will be denied.
SACA reserves the right to change or discontinue this Scholarship at any time, but will honor any scholarships that have already been awarded.

League Match #3 - Saturday, December 12, 2015

League Match #3
December 12, 2015
International School of Tucson
Directions:      1701 E Seneca St, Tucson, AZ 85719. Visit Google Maps for directions.
Description:    Open to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Individual/Team format 4 round Swiss System with 6 sections:
RATED: Junior High/High School (K-12), Elementary (K-6), Primary (K-3), and Primary (K-1).
NON-RATED: (K-12) & (K-3).
**This is not an elimination tournament; all players will play all rounds unless they withdraw from the tournament.       
US Chess Federation (USCF) membership is required for the RATED sections.
US Chess Federation Membership may be purchased online at the USCF website.
(Annual membership rates range from $17 - $33.)
Entry Fee:        $15 per player. Bring chess clocks and sets, none provided.
To Register:    Each player is responsible for registering online via the Events4Chess, by Friday,
December 11 at 9:00 pm. (Registration close). After registration close you will be assessed a $5 late fee and will not be paired for round 1. You will enter as a ½ point for round 1.
Schedule:        Check-in is not required. Please arrive by 8:30 am to inform us of players that will not attend. Pairings are posted at 8:40 am. Announcements start at 8:50 am and play begins at 9:00 am! Please be seated as soon as the pairings are posted. Round times are 9:00, 10:30, 12:00, 1:30.
Time Control:  Game in 30 minutes (per player) with a 5 second delay.
Awards:            Individual: Trophy to all who score 3.5 or more points. Medallion to all who score 3.0 points. Ribbon to all who score 2.5 points. Participation Certificate to all.
Team: Top 3 to each section. **Team scores will be based on the top 4 scores.**
Information:    Email: scholastic@sazchess.org; SACA website: www.sazchess.org/

A food/snack bar will be available at the tournament site.
***SACA is not responsible for children left unattended or unsupervised at our tournaments and events.**

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tucson Open and Scholastics - January 22-24, 2016

Tucson Open & Scholastics: A Heritage Event!
January 22-24, 2016
► Grand Prix Points 40 (Enhanced) ◄ & ► US Chess Junior Grand Prix ◄ 
LOCATION: Doubletree Reid Park, 446 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711, 520-881-4200. Hotel Room $99 if by 12/23 use code “CHS”.
SECTIONS: Championship, Reserve (U1800), 5/SS, 3-day or 2-day schedule is available.
                   Booster (U1400), 5/SS, 2-day schedule only.
                   Scholastic I (K-6 / U1000) and II (K-6 / U600): Two separate 1-day tournaments (Sat/Sun); 5/SS.
All players must be in grade K-6 and rated under 1000 or 600 (USCF) as of January Supplement.
Chess sets and boards provided for tournament play only. Chess clocks not provided!
Championship: $60 + (Additional $20 if under 1800) Reserve: $45 Booster: $30. Scholastic I and II: $15 each day or $25 for both days. ***GMs/IMs Free Entry*** Late fee: Add $10 after 1/14, $20 after 1/21 or at the site. Re-entries: $40.
USCF membership is required for all sections.
Registration: Online at Events4Chess, postal mail (postmarked by 1/15, entry form below), or at site. 3-day schedule: Friday (1/22) 5:30 - 6:30p 2-day schedule: Saturday (1/23) 8:30 - 9:30a Booster: Saturday (1/23) 8:30 - 9:30a Scholastic: 8:30 - 9:30a (1/23 and 1/24).
3-day: Friday 7p; Saturday 10a, 5p; Sunday 9:30a, 3:30p. Time control: 40/90 SD/30 + 30 inc. 2-day: Saturday 10a, 1:30p, 5p; Sunday 9:30a, 3:30p. Time control: Rounds 1-2: G/60 + 30 inc; Rounds 3-5: 40/90 SD/30 + 30 inc.
Booster: Saturday 10a, 1:30p, 5p; Sunday 9:30a, 1p. Time control: G/90; d/5.
Scholastic I and II: Round 1 at 10am, then as available for Rounds 2-5. Time control: G/40; d/5. Byes: 1⁄2 point byes (2 max.) are available for all rounds if requested prior to start of round two.
Championship ($$Gtd.): $700 + plaque - $500 - $300; ($$b/4) Top X, A, B/below $150 each. $25 SACA gift certificate to Top Junior (U18) and Senior (age 50+).
Reserve: ($$b/38): $250 - $150; ($$b/4) Top C and D/below $100 each.
$25 SACA gift certificate to Top Unrated, Top Junior (U14), and Senior (age 50+).
Booster: Trophy to 1st + $50 SACA gift certificate, Trophy to 2nd - 5th Place, Top E, Top U1000/Unr. Scholastic I and II: Trophy to 1st – 5th Place (each day).
Top player who plays both days will also receive $25 SACA gift certificate. (Scholastic I and II)
Lee LaFrese, sazchess.events@gmail.com, Phone: (520) 906-7305. W. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Tucson Scholastic Warm-up - Saturday, September 19, 2015

Summer is over and we are busy 'warming up' for the scholastic year to begin! Join us for our first tournament of the school year - the Tucson Scholastic Warm-Up on September 19th at Flowing Wells Jr. High!

Directions: 4545 N. La Cholla Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85705.

Description Rated sections. 4 round Swiss System in 12-16 player groups determined by rating. 

Open to students grades K-12. US Chess Federation (USCF) current membership is required. 

Non-rated section. 4 round Swiss System in one group. Open to unrated students grades K-12.

USCF membership not required. This section will not be US Chess Federation rated.

***Note: If you are an unrated player with current US Chess Federation membership then it is
advised that you enter into the Rated Section to establish a chess rating.

***JTP membership not available for this tournament format***

Entry Fee: Registration $15 online at Events4Chess website by Friday, September 18 at 8:00 pm.


Schedule: Pairings posted 8:45 am. Rounds start promptly: 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:45 pm, and 2:30 pm.

Time Control: Game in 40 minutes (per player) with a 5 second delay. Bring chess clocks and sets, none

Awards: Trophies to top 4 in each group. Medallions to all scoring 2.5 or more points that do not win a
trophy. Participation ribbons to all.

Information: Phone: 520-261-5984; Email: scholastic@sazchess.org; SACA website: www.sazchess.org

A food/snack bar and chess equipment concession will be available at the tournament site.

***SACA is not responsible for children left unattended or unsupervised at our tournaments and events***

Sunday, July 26, 2015

2015 Ye Olde Pueblo Results

Congratulations to GM Julio Sadorra who took clear first in the 2015 Ye Olde Pueblo!

Results and standings can be viewed here:


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

SACA July Blitz G/5 - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - $5 Entry Fee!

 July Blitz G/5 
Strongest Blitz Tourney of the Year! 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015. 

Location: Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, 10000 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704. 

Description: 5 round double Swiss tournament in two sections. Open and Reserve (U1600). Non-rated. USCF membership not required. The higher of USCF regular, quick or blitz ratings will be used for pairing and prize purposes. 

Schedule: Registration 6:15–7:00 PM on 7/15. First round begins at 7:15 PM. Other rounds as available. Time control G/5 minutes. Clock move. No delay. No byes. 

Entry Fees: $5. Free entry to players rated 2200 & above. 

Prizes: Open: Guaranteed: $100 - $60 - $40. Reserve: $30 - $20. 

Information: Robby Adamson (577-6799, robzadamson@msn.com). NS, NC, W. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

SACA Voting Process

Registered SACA members must vote in person at the Ye Olde Pueblo Chess Tournament during the weekend of July 18-19, 2015. Voting is available from 10am-2pm each day. Voting will be closed one hour prior to commencement of the Annual Member Meeting to be conducted on Sunday, July 19, 2015, 3pm at the Ye Olde Pueblo Chess Tournament. You must register as a SACA member by June 30, 2015 and be of 13 years of age to participate in the voting. A ballot will be available for each SACA member eligible to vote. SACA membership registration is done free via the SACA website.

Call for Nominations and SACA Elections

SACA board elections will be held at the Ye Olde Pueblo Chess Tournament during the weekend of July 18-19, 2015.

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 at the Annual Member Meeting to be conducted on Sunday, July 19, 2015, 3pm at the Ye Olde Pueblo Chess Tournament. If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please send an email to: nominations@sazchess.org, and indicate the position you are interested in running for. Nominations will close June 30, 2015. You must be a registered SACA member of 13 years of age and reside in Southern Arizona in order to run for office. SACA membership registration is done free via the SACA website.

Seeking reelection are Martha Underwood (President), John Wright (Vice-President), Michelle Martinez (Treasurer), Sumhith Aradhyula (Secretary), Robby Adamson, Levon Altounian, Lee LaFrese, and Matt Noble (Directors at Large).

Monday, May 18, 2015

Chess for Charity - Three Tournaments! (Beginning June 6, 2015)

Chess tournaments to raise money for the Tucson Community Food Bank. 100% of profits benefit the charity.

Three separate tournaments:

June 6 - August 8 - September 5.

See the Events section for more details - http://www.sazchess.org/events/events.php