Some of the best young chess talents on Kaua’i, Hawai’i and beyond could be squaring off at the Kaua’i Interscholastic Chess Championships, to be held a the Princeville Resort on April 8.
The tournament play will be broken down into three divisions: elementary school, middle school, and high school, according to Terry Moeller, a promoter of the event and a longtime chess player.
The event, with the resort leaders as key sponsors, will be the first of its kind in the state, Moeller said.
Representatives from the resort have sunk their time and energy into the event because they see “chess as a valuable tool for teaching children,” Moeller said in an e-mail.
The grand prizes for each division are two-night stays at the resort.
Registration will be held at the Queen Emma Room at the resort at 8:30 a.m., with the first round to start at 9:30 a.m.
and an awards ceremony on the resort lobby living room terrace at 5 p.m., Moeller said.
A $ 10 entry fee per player will be charged.
Moeller said community members can help make the event an even bigger success. Anyone, including company and corporation leaders, wishing to contribute prizes or their time to the event, can contact Moeller at 635-0848 or kauaiterry@yahoo.
Proceeds from the event will support the Kauai Youth Chess program.
Moeller has taught chess at the Hanalei School for three years, and has been a candidate master of correspondence chess programs. He also has competed in two U.S. Open competitions.
• Lester Chang, staff writer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 225) or lchang@kauaipubco. corn.