Online Registration

Introductory Youth Chess Tournament

Dates: November 20, 2021

Meets: Sa from 9 AM to 3 PM

Location: Robert Frost Elementary

Early Bird by October 31: $17.00


Tournament Time!

Give your child the gift of strategic thinking skills, problem solving, and resilience! Even if your child has just learned how the pieces move, you are welcome to join this FUN single-day competition! All participants compete in 5 matches, with awards for individuals in performance and sportsmanship as well as team-based school awards (so invite your friends). First time tournament player? No problem! Your child (and you!) will learn the rules and a few strategies for chess as well as foundational skills for success in life. Open to all chess players Grades K-12. Registration closes Nov. 10.

Your tournament host is Elliott Neff, the founder of Chess4Life, National Chess Master, and Level V certified chess coach with the United States Chess Federation and Floor Judge is Nels Truelson, National Chess Master, and certified chess coach. Both Elliott and Nels are Sioux Falls residents.

Tournament play divided into grades.  (K-1) (2-3) (4-6) (7-12) Note student's grade and school when registering.

 **Parents: Volunteers needed to make this introductory tournament successful! Please indicate your ability to help out! There will be several chess related volunteer spots and non chess related opportunities.

Lunch/Concessions will be offered preorder and for sale onsite while supplies last. You may pack a lunch/snacks.

Limited income-based scholarships available through chess4life. Please inquire if free or reduced lunch status.

To register for the Chess For All class series starting October 19th follow this link:
Fee: $17.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Early Bird by October 31$ 17.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Registration Fee$ 20.00

Robert Frost Elementary

Robert Frost Elementary
3101 South 4th Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD


Elliott Neff

Elliott Neff is a National Master in Chess, author of A Pawn's Journey (October 2018), and Founder/CEO of Chess4Life,which exists to help kids develop life skills through the game of chess. What began for Elliott as a childhood fascination with chess has blossomed into an opportunity to positively impact hundreds of thousands of kids per week through Chess4Life programs. Elliott enjoys sharing his love of the game and especially the benefits of chess through speaking engagements, special appearances, simultaneous chess exhibitions, and blindfold chess demonstrations. His enthusiasm for making a difference in kids' lives through this fun game is contagious as he makes strategic moves toward the goal of reaching 1 MILLION kids per week learning life skills through chess. Learn more at


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