November 19, 2009

Owens Community College to Host Ohio Grade Level Chess Championship, Nov. 21

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Over 350 youth in grades K-12 from around the state will converge in Perrysburg Township to test their mental capacity and intellectual skills as Owens Community College serves as host to the Ohio Grade Level Chess Championship on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Presented by the Great Lakes Chess Association, the Montessori Chess Boosters Club and the Owens Collegiate Chess Club, the competition will occur from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center. The Owens Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

All chess participants will have the opportunity to compete in the individual tournament for the right to be crowned Ohio Champion, while two or more players from the same school can enter the team portion of the chess tournament.

Ohio Grade Level Chess Championship attendees will compete in five separate rounds throughout the day to determine the top finishers. The Ohio Champion in both the individual and team events at the various grade levels will be crowned based on the total number victories accumulated during the competition. In addition, all participants will receive a medal in commemoration of annual Ohio Grade Level Chess Championship.

Individuals participating in the Ohio Grade Level Chess Championship are members of the United States Chess Federation. Established in 1939, the organization has grown to over 80,000 members and 2,000 affiliated chess clubs throughout the country.

The Great Lakes Chess Organization was founded with the overall mission of supporting the learning and development of chess skills through the creation and maintenance of scholastic chess programs and related activities. The regional group works with students from first grade through collegiate levels in Northwest Ohio to foster and promote growth in the scholastic chess clubs.

Check-in registration for participants will begin at 8 a.m. the day of the tournament. For more information about the Ohio Grade Level Chess Championship at Owens, call (419) 878-8766 or (419) 354-1562.

One of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio, Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit