DeSoto ACE Program Hosts 2020 Chess Tournament

DeSoto ISD ACE Program to Host Its 2020 ACE Scholastic Chess Tournament
Posted on 02/06/2020
Ace Students Preparing for a Chess Tournament


DESOTO – DeSoto ISD invites the community to attend and cheer on the DeSoto ACE students as they host and compete in the 2020 ACE Scholastic Chess Tournament from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 8 at the Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy located at 1200 Academy Way in DeSoto.

Approximately 150 students from Dallas, Arlington, and DeSoto independent school districts are expected to participate in this tournament. DeSoto ISD will have a total of six teams competing from the following campuses: Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy, The Meadows Elementary and DeSoto West Middle School campuses.

This K-12 Unrated Chess Tournament will consist of each student playing five rounds with first through fifth place trophies awarded to the top individual scorers and the top teams. Additionally, there will be a drawing for two students to attend a summer chess camp at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Chess is noted for pushing students beyond the concept of simply playing a game. Instead it encourages students to use higher order thinking skills, such as making predictions, sequencing, seeing patterns, focusing, and self-control.  Research has found that students involved in Chess had higher math and reading test scores than their peers. 

Also, participating in chess club programs has also aligned to an increased interest in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) for boys and girls. Encouraging children to play chess puts many of them on the path to STEM careers, an opportunity many need.

Chess teaches critical thinking, perseverance, and concentration among other skills. It improves behavior and school attendance because children want to go to school so they can participate in the chess club. Through chess, children learn skills that help them become college and career ready.

The mission of the ACE Scholastic Chess Tournament is to help children develop the skills necessary for success in school and in life through learning chess. This event is sponsored by the DeSoto ISD ACE Afterschool Program grant through the U.S. Department of Education - 21st Century Afterschool for Education.

The event is free to the community. If space is available, there is a $15 per player to participate in the tournament. 

About DeSoto Independent School District 

DeSoto ISD is a public independent school district serving more than 8,400 students and 1,000 employees. The district is comprised of 12 campuses serving students from early childhood through graduation. DeSoto ISD’s mission statement is preparing students academically and socially to be problem solvers and productive citizens. The district’s 2020 Strategic Plan focuses on individualized learning, quality teachers, equal access and relationships in an effort to provide a holistic and well-rounded educational experience to students and families in DeSoto, Glenn Heights, and Ovilla.

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