IRVINE – Kids who play chess at all skill levels can enter the 2010 Staser Fall Scholastic Chess Tournament Saturday.

Students K-12 can flex their intellectual skills at the tournament from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the historic Hangar 244 at the Great Park in Irvine.

Registration is free. The Great Park and American Chess Equipment are hosting the event.

The annual Staser Chess Championship was created by Miley Staser, a senior citizen, to give students throughout the region an opportunity to meet over a chessboard, learn new skills and make friends.

All players will be separated into sections by grade level; they will play against every person in their section during the course of the tournament. Medallions will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place players in each section of each grade. All players will receive a certificate of participation.

Space is limited, and registration by 6 p.m. Nov. 19 is recommended.

Information:; Dewain Barber at 714-998-5508 or e-mail at

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