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Cooper City Campus - Chess

Why Chess?

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Chess is an integral part of the Franklin Academy curriculum. Dating back to the sixth century AD, chess is an excellent way to learn to focus, analyze problems, plan and execute solutions, and learn decision making skills that will help them throughout their life.

Studies have demonstrated that students who have completed a course in chess have shown significant improvement in science, mathematics, critical thinking and social skills.

At Franklin, chess is offered as one of the specials rotation for grades K‐5, and as an elective option for grades 6‐12. It is also offered as an afterschool club and as a competitive team that competes against other schools in local, regional and national tournaments.

Club Chess

Check with your local chess coach to confirm dates and times for Chess Club meetings.

Competitive Chess

The chess teams at each campus will be hosting chess tournaments and traveling to other locations to participate in chess tournaments. Check with your chess coach for details on plans to participate in the tournaments below.

Cooper City Specific Chess Information:

School Day and Class Tournaments:

· MYP Year 2 classes will hold seventh grade classroom tournaments/competitions each semester. These school chess tournaments will give our students the opportunity to practice chess fundamentals, validate what they have learned in class and also showcase their mastery of the game of chess.

· The process for our in class tournaments is as follows: Each student will face five class opponents and will be award one (1) point for a win, one half (½) point for a draw and no points for a loss. The top three students with the most total points will win 1st, 2nd and 3rd place honors. The three (3) top student from each period will qualify to participate in The Best of the Best tournament that will be held during an early release day each semester.

2021-2022 school day tournament dates are as follows:

1. Semester 1 Class tournaments – Start date – Week of 10/ 25/21

2. Semester 1 Best of the Best Tournament #1 - (Early Release Day) 1/10/22

3. Semester 2 Class tournaments – Start date – Week of 4/11/22

4. Semester 2 Best of the Best Tournament #2 5/17/22

Franklin Hosted Tournaments

The Cooper City Campus will be hosting five (5) Saturday USCF rated tournaments open to K-12 school participants this year. These school chess tournaments will be a part of the South Florida Grand Prix series and will be supported by Jon Haskel, USCF International Arbiter and International Organizer.

The South Florida Grand Prix is the longest running scholastic tournament in Florida and a number of national chess champions have played in this Grand Prix over the years. Jon Haskel (our Grand Prix tournament director) is the first person in the United States to be a National Tournament Director, FIDE International Arbiter, and FIDE International Organizer. He is also on the board of the Florida Chess Association.

Date Tournament Campus
10/23/21 Boynton Beach K-8
10/30/21 South Florida Grand Prix #1 Cooper City K-8
11/19/21 In-House Competition Boynton Beach K-8
12/4/21 Boynton Beach K-8
12/11/21 South Florida Grand Prix #2 Cooper City K-8
1/17/22 Special MLK Tournament Boynton Beach K-8
1/29/22 South Florida Grand Prix #3 Cooper City K-8
2/21/22 Special President's Day Edition Boynton Beach K-8
3/11/22 In-House Competition Boynton Beach K-8
3/5/22 South Florida Grand Prix #4 Cooper City K-8
4/23/22 Boynton Beach K-8
5/7/22 South Florida Grand Prix #5 Cooper City K-8

Other Tournaments

Date Tournament Location
Details Coming Soon....

Chess News

World Chess Championship 2018

The Palm Beach Gardens 5th grade team won the state title!

On October 15, 2016, Franklin Academy’s Palm Beach Gardens chess coaches partnered with the Florida Panthers for a day of chess and hockey. Read the story about the event on the US Chess Federation’s website.

Recent Notable Franklin Results

- Playing with enthusiasm, confidence, and tenacity, the Franklin Academy Cooper City Chess team has once again captured 1st place at the South Florida Grand Prix chess tournament. This tournament is open to all South Florida school players with over 120 chess competitors. Franklin's Cooper City has now won 1st place in rated chess tournaments in all age categories (except K-1) this 2019-20 school year.

· (K - 5 or K - 8) Palm Beach County District Champions (2017 - 2019)

· (K - 5 or K - 8) South Florida Regional Champions (2017 - 2019)

· (K - 5) Florida State Scholastic Champions (2017)

· ( 6th Grade ) Grade Level Nationals 7th Place (2017)

· ( 7th Grade) Grade Level Nationals 3rd Place (2018)

· (K - 8) 7th Place Junior High National Championship (2019)

Chess Links

Chessable
LiChess.org
U.S. Chess Federation

Meet Our Chess Teachers

Boynton Beach

Ms. Clare Broomfield (K-5)

Ms. Yanira Vigoa, Woman Grand Master (6-8)

Cooper City

Mr. Diego Risquez (K-5)

Mr. Charles Hicks (MYP)

Palm Beach Gardens

Mr. Caleb Adams, rated 1,494 in Chess.Com (K-5) - website

Ms. Adinet Perez Cruz, Women's Fide Master (6-8)

Pembroke Pines (K‐8)

Mr. Ramon Lorente (MYP)

Mr. Brandon Rosado (K-5)

Pembroke Pines (K‐12)

Mr. Howard Garwood (K-5)

Sunrise

Mr. Akili Nebiu - website

Ms. Amelia Hernandez, Woman FIDE Master