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Apr 01, 2022 2022-04-01

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Chess Competition for Youth with Disabilities

The inaugural North American Chess Cup for Children with Disabilities will debut in Denver, Colorado, this summer, thanks to 17-year-old chess champion Griffin McConnell, his father Kevin McConnell, and their new nonprofit organization, ChessAbilities.

The tournament, scheduled for June 21–26, 2022, at a hotel in the Denver Tech Center, is open to players under aged 20 who live in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.

Anybody who has any type of disability, slight to major, is eligible to play in the tournament. Volunteers will notate all seven chess rounds and offer a postgame analysis with participants after each round to help them improve. Additionally two grandmasters will attend and offer free chess workshops.

College scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 will be among the awards for the winners of the middle school section, high school section, and open section. The event is sponsored by Chess.com and ChessKid.com.

Deadlines: Entry fee is $100 if received by May 1, 2022; $150 if received after May 1, 2022. Final date to enter is June 7, 2022.

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