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MALONE — The Upstate New York Chess Championships, encompassing two separate tournaments, will be held April 27 and May 11, respectively.

The tournaments are hosted by the Franklin Academy Chess Club. Both are held at Franklin Academy High School, 42 Huskie Lane.

On April 27, the top scholastic chess players in the area will compete at the Upstate New York Scholastic Chess Championships. The annual event, which begins at 10 a.m., draws players from an area stretching from Jefferson County to Montreal. Franklin Academy Chess Club adviser Matthew Rogers said the competition is always fierce. Representing each school or club will be their top five players.

In a press release, Mr. Rogers said last year’s scholastic champion and three-time tournament winner, David Boyle of Potsdam, has graduated.

“Many others will be seeking to capture his vacated crown,” Mr. Rogers said, including Sabina Tinica of Montreal’s College Charlamagne.

Last year, the Malone squad finished the tournament as team champions. Only two wins separated first place from last place in 2012 team standings.

Mr. Rogers said if a scholastic team can field only one player, tournament organizers will attempt to place such players on teams.

Each player is guaranteed five games of 50-minute rounds (25 minutes per player).

The tournament will include a free catered breakfast and a pizza lunch for players and coaches/parents.

Cost of admission is $12 per player. Carved wooden trophies and medals will be awarded. The individual scholastic champion will be awarded an engraved cup to be displayed at the champion’s school until next years’ tournament.

The Upstate New York Open Championship on May 11 is open to all ages. The event, which also begins at 10 a.m., has three separate age divisions: 9 to12, 13 to17 and 18 and up.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top six players in each division. Players also may register in teams of up to five players. Cash prizes will be given to teams. Last year, $900 in cash prizes were awarded at the open championship.

David Kistler of Evans Mills has won the open championship three times, Mr. Rogers said, and he expects him to return for a fourth attempt.

Mr. Rogers said that Mr. Kistler has a United States Chess Federation rating of 2,072, which he said is nearly a master rating.

Those interested in both tournaments should preregister by phone or email no later than one week before the events. Those interested should contact Mr. Rogers at 518-353-6676 or email him at mr92243@yahoo.com.

Players are asked to arrive before 9:15 a.m. for both tournaments.

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