THE 12TH ANNUAL FULLERTON CITY CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT Will be HELD AT 6:30 ON FRIDAY, MAY 12, AT LADERA VISTA JR. HIGH SCHOOL, 1700 E. WILSHIRE Ave. As always, this is a grade level tournament (there will be a city champion for each grade), with three trophies awarded in each graded. But there is also a "super-champion" section that gives all players, regardless of grade (but subject to meeting qualifications), a chance to compete with the very best student chess players in Fullerton for the title of 2017 FULLERTON CITY CHESS CHAMPION. .
The workshops, and the Fullerton City chess championship, are offered courtesy of the Fullerton Host Lions. There is no registration fee for the tournament - attendance is FREE. However you will need to register by May 11 by email, and provide name as well email and contact telephone number.
Past major events (2006 to 2016):
In the rated tournament
Isaac Kim (Fisler) won his under-1000 rated group which had 22 players!
(The bad news is that his rating went above 1000, so he will have to
play with the big boys the next time!). Jonathan and Julia Hsing played
in the same group, with a respectable tie for 5th place. In the Open
section 4th grader Henry Tang (Acacia, rated 1265) played – and lost -
his first game against the eventual winner (rated at 1729!), and
finished in a respectable tie for 9th in field of 22. Michael Zhu
(Hermosa Drive) could have tied him with another win, but did not.
The event started with the Host Lions Chess Activities Coordinator Pete Baron presenting a plaque, signed by city, school district and Orange County notables, to Dewain Barber in an appreciation to his tremendous contribution to the cause of scholastic chess in Orange County, and specifically in Fullerton. Mr. Barber has supported this tournament as a volunteer since its inception, and for the past twenty years publicized, organized, ran (with volunteer support) and financed this tournament. The prospect of playing in this tournament, and the subsequent recognition by the Fullerton Observer, has been a significant motivation for students to continue their chess activities, with the attendant benefits of acquiring habits of tactical and strategic thinking, patience, concentration and good sportsmanship that are inherent in the great game of chess. It should be noted that Mr. Barber has also been involved in the annual Staser Scholastic Chess Tournament, typically held in South Orange County but also attracting Fullerton players (though fewer in number), again as volunteer and later as organizer etc during the same years as for the Morrison Scholastic.
The Fullerton Host Lions salute this remarkable career in volunteerism and service to the community, a hallmark of Lions all over the world.