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April 12, 2013

Chess players of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to show up and test their mettle at a double chess tournament at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library, 4375 Bonita Rd. The event happens on Saturday, May 11 and will feature separate competitions for beginners and experienced players. The junior tournament (less experienced) begins at 9:30 a.m. sharp; the adult tournament (more experienced) begins at 1 p.m. sharp. Participation is free, refreshments will be provided, and trophies and prizes will be awarded.

Eric Jones, the organizer of the event, is the chess coordinator at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library, which hosts one of 13 chess clubs in the San Diego County Library system. The others are at Borrego Springs, Fallbrook, Fletcher Hills, El Cajon, 4S Ranch, Lakeside, Poway, La Mesa, Ramona, San Marcos, Solana Beach, Spring Valley and Vista. Players from every community (and any library system) are encouraged to represent their home town and show off their skills.

Chess is an ancient game that continues to win fans, both for sheer enjoyment and for its cognitive enhancement benefits. It fosters intellectual competition, logic, patience and problem-solving. These skills serve people of any age, throughout life. The event last year drew an enthusiastic and diverse crowd.

Daniela Vargas, 13, is looking forward to this year's contest. "[The Bonita] chess club helps me open up my brain and think of strategies to use. It also helps me in school because I use my brain more efficiently and chess is fun!" Haebin Park, 7, agrees. "To me, chess club means learning more about games, and having fun."

Please note that this will not be a rated tournament. Players must sign up by May 4 by contacting Eric Jones at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library at (619) 475-4642 or eric.jones1@sdcounty.ca.gov.

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