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Palm Springs Rotary to hold chess tournament

Palm Springs families looking for a fun way to escape the heat can head on over to Katherine Finchy Elementary today to partake in a sanctioned chess tournament.

Palm Springs Rotary Club promotes sanctioned chess tournament in Palm Springs, May 17th, 2014
Palm Springs Rotary Club promotes sanctioned chess tournament in Palm Springs, May 17th, 2014
Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
Palm Springs to hold chess tournament
Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

After the phenomenal success of its inaugural program in February, Bay Area Chess in concert with Palm Springs’ Rotary Club will again bring a US Chess Federation sanctioned tournament to Palm Springs. On Saturday, May 17 approximately 100 chess aficionados will gather in Palm Springs to demonstrate their skill at the game. This tournament is only the second in the desert area sanctioned by the US Chess Federation and offers players in the Inland Empire and Desert regions the opportunity to compete for trophies and a cash purse.

The tournament is open to players of all ages. Students from schools were among the first to register in the youth division.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for people in the desert and inland empire regions to participate in a sanctioned tournament.” stated long time Rotarian Richard Hostrop, Tournament organizer and spokesperson. “Normally players must travel to coastal cities where these events are held frequently, we are thrilled to bring this opportunity to the Inland Empire and desert through our network of Rotary Clubs. The first such event in February was a great success so we immediately started planning this event and hope to offer a third one at the end of the year.”

Hostrop, a retired publisher, has launched chess clubs in local schools and called upon his Rotary District (number 5330), which covers the desert and much of the Inland Empire, to help sponsor and promote the event. Local Rotary Clubs including The Rotary Club of Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Evening Star Rotary Club, the Palm Springs Sun-up Rotary Club and their members have sponsored individuals to participate in the youth division.

With chess rising in popularity due to notoriety from hip young players like Magnus Carlsen recently featured on CBS 60 Minutes, this new event is sure to spark interest for players of all ages.

WHAT: Chess Tournament

WHEN: Saturday, May 17th, 2014

10AM-5PM, Late Registration at the door from 9:00 to 9:45AM

WHERE: 777 Tachevah Dr., Palm Springs

COST: $39 for ages 6-17/ $50 or $44 for 18 and older

For more information contact Richard Hostrop at (760) 325-3002.

Palm Springs Rotary Club
The Palm Springs Rotary Club was founded in 1941. Members of the club have donated in excess of $1 million to over 50 local charities and sponsored scholarships for students via the club’s local Foundation. Additionally, the club has raised more than $55,000 specifically to assist Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate Polio worldwide.

Members of the Palm Springs Rotary Club are leaders in the community and their chosen professions such as education, tourism/hospitality, medicine, real estate, and business.

Rotary International

Rotary International, the world’s first service club organization, is made up of over 32,000 clubs located in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Its members form a global network of business and professional leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities and the world. Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self”, exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organization’s more than 1.2 million members.