Chess Tournaments in Utah in 2017

By the Utah chess teacher Jonathan Whitcomb

Chess Tournament for Children ($5 at the door)

I’m looking forward to directing the first annual Young Living Chess Tournament for children, to be held at the Young Living Lavender Farm near Mona, Utah, on October 28, 2017. All kids are invited, if they are from kindergarten through ninth grade level in the 2017-2018 school year or if they are of that age in home school. The deadline for online or phone registration is October 12th, with few exceptions. Online registration is requested although you may phone the tournament director Jonathan Whitcomb: 801-590-9692.

chess king versus rook

Saturday, Oct 28, 2017, just north of Mona, Utah


First Sandy Senior Center Championship

I was able to win first place in the first annual double round robin championship of this chess club in Sandy, Utah, but not without a couple of loses: to the second and third place contenders at this senior-citizen facility in the Salt Lake Valley.


Steve (seated) got 3rd place; Bruce won 2nd; Jonathan (right) won 1st

Steve (seated), Bruce, and Jonathan (right) in Sandy, Utah


First place: Jonathan Whitcomb

Second Place: Bruce Baird

Third Place: Steve Gustavson

The following are the results of the games actually played:

Sandy Senior Center chess club championship of 2017

The above is before the adjustment of awarding draws for unplayed games


The following are the final scores after awarding draws to unplayed games:

final chess tournament standings after awarding draws


Harman Chess Club Championship in West Valley, Utah

I was able to get second place in this double round robin at the Harman Senior Recreation Center. Like the tournament in Sandy, also in mid-2017, not all the chess players were able to play two games against each of their fellow competitors, and in fact none of them did. Grant Hodson came close, however, playing eleven out of a possible twelve games. His only loss was to me (and my only loss was to him).

Here are the scores from the games that were actually played, and these standings (top to bottom) will probably be used should this chess club play a match against another team:

Grant:         9½-1½

Jonathan:   7-2

Alan:            2½-5½

Doug:           2-3

Dennis:        1½-2½

Vinn:            1½-4½

Jerry:            0-5


Here are the final scores after awarding draws for unplayed games:

Harman Senior Center chess club champ. of 2017




Free chess tournaments encouraged by a chess tutor

The following are schools in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, that have chess clubs during their school years. This is not portrayed as a complete listing; it’s based on a reasonable online investigation. Additions and corrections can be sent to Jonathan Whitcomb.

Chess lessons in Utah

Chess Coach Jonathan Whitcomb, of Murray, Utah (author of the book Beat That Kid in Chess), offers private and group lessons in the Salt Lake Valley.


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