Mathnasium hosts chess tournament to raise money for brain cancer research

Mathnasium hosts chess tournament to raise money for brain cancer research

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Mathnasium Chess Club of Columbus and Championship Chess are proud to present their FOCUS Back2School Chess Tournament.

This tournament will focus on raising awareness and supporting families battling a rare form of pediatric brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

DIPG makes up 10-15 percent of all brain tumors in children, and the survival rate is less than three percent.

A portion of all registration fees will be donated to a local non-profit organization called Keris Kares Inc. ( which has already raised nearly $75,000 over the last two years for families dealing with DIPG.

The tournament will be held Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Mathnasium Learning Center located at 6501 Whitesville Road in the Bradley Park area.

All players will receive a chess souvenir, and top winners will receive trophies.

This tournament is for students in eighth grade or younger. It is not rated by U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) and does not require USCF membership.

The cost for early registration is $15 and is due by Wednesday, Aug. 10. Late registration for after Aug. 10 is $20 and is due by Friday, Aug. 12. On-site registration is $25. You can also register online here or here.

For more information, email, visit, or call Mathnasium at 706-322-4244.

You can also check out the event's Facebook page at this link.

Tournament Rules to Remember:
  • Unrated Fast-Pairings: means no set number of rounds. Players will be paired as soon and as often as there is an appropriate opponent available. All players will play a minimum of four games. Some players will play only four games while others may play eight or more.
  • Touch/Move and Touch Capture: If you touch a piece, that’s the piece you must move. If you touch an opponent’s piece, then you must capture it if it is a legal move.
  • No chess clocks or timers will be used, but players must make reasonable progress to complete a game or a timer may be put on the game.
  • Chess notation is suggested, but not required. If writing down moves is slowing the game, the player will be asked to stop.
  • No player is allowed to comment about any other ongoing game unless asked to by the tournament director.

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