Chess tourney on tap for students

Chess players in kindergarten through 12th grade, rated and unrated, can compete against their peers in the 40th annual Morrison Scholastic Chess Tournament Saturday at Ladera Vista Junior High School in Fullerton. Organizer Dewain Barber, 67, of Anaheim, expects a turnout of up to 180 players from 60 schools in Orange and Los Angeles counties.

“There will be some fairly strong players in there,” said Barber, a retired teacher from the Buena Park School District. 

The tournament – co-hosted by the Fullerton Host Lions Club, the Hanley Chess Academy in Huntington Beach and American Chess Equipment in Anaheim – is named for the late Bernard Morrison, a Stanton resident who taught and promoted the game at schools throughout Orange County.

Unrated players play for free.

Players rated by the U.S. Chess Federation and those competing against rated players pay $10 to compete.

Non-rated players can register by e-mailing

Rated players can register at

The registration deadline is 10 p.m. Friday.

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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