The K-12 Championships begin on December 13th in the Coronodo Springs resort near Orlando , but prior to that, Elbridge Gale Elementary School hosts the Palm Beach County District Chess Tournament on Saturday, December 7. This United States Chess Federation- rated scholastic tournament is open to all K-12 players from Palm Beach County. To introduce the Chess Queens Pilot Program at Elbridge Gale Elementary, a new division for girls welcomes all girl players without county restrictions.
Special appearances by School Board Members, Elbridge Gale Elementary Alumni Girls Chess Queens, the Top County Chess Queen and Melina, for whom the Chess Queens Pilot Program is named are scheduled.
The top three players in each division will receive trophies, and one team championship trophy will be awarded. Sportsmanship trophies will also be awarded based on participant recommendations.
“This will be an important tournament to build confidence and strengthen skills for the upcoming 2013 National K-12 Grade Championships in Lake Buena Vista, Florida from December 13 to 15,” said Elbridge Gale Elementary teacher Antonios Loudaros.
The queen (♕,♛) is the most powerful piece in the game of chess, able to move any number of squares vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. Each player starts the game with one queen, placed in the middle of the first rank next to the king. With the chessboard oriented correctly, the white queen starts on a white square and the black queen on a black square. (Thus the mnemonics "queen gets her color", or "queen on color", or "queen on her own color", Latin "servat regina colorem".)
In algebraic notation, the white queen starts on d1 and the black queen starts on d8. Because the queen is the most powerful piece, when a pawn is promoted it is almost always promoted to a queen. In the game shatranj, an ancestor of chess, the queen was a fairly weak piece called a fers or vizier, only able to move or capture one step diagonally. The modern queen's move arose in 15th-century Europe. The piece is archaically known as the minister. In Polish it is known as the Hetman – the name of a major historical military-political office. In Russian it is known as "ferz'" (ферзь).
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office - Dec. 2013