Thurston Chess Tournament - Calling K-8 Students in Ann Arbor


This largest-of-the-year local kids chess tournament is open to chess players in grades K-8 and directed by chess teacher Ray Garrison. It is an excellent low-key opportunity for families to experience their first kids chess tournament, and a timely warm-up for those who want to play in the upcoming statewide competitions. There are four sections based on age and chess level, with afternoon-only sessions for newer players (including one section dedicated to K-1 players) and all-day sessions for more experienced players. The tournament typically draws 80-100 kids, and all players receive a participation certificate. Fees range from $8-15, with all profits to the Thurston PTO. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Visit for more information and registration options. 9:30am-5pm or noon-5pm. Thurston Elementary School, 2300 Prairie, Ann Arbor. For more information, call 663-6326.