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R.I. State Chess Championship to be held at RIC this weekend


R.I. Chess Open, Nov. 2009 (Source: R.I. Chess Association)
RIC will host the 2010 Rhode Island State Chess Championship May 1 and 2 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. in Donovan Dining Center. The tournament is open to all U.S. Chess Federation members, including out-of-state players.

“We are dedicating the [championship] to former Rhode Island College Professor Dr. Armand Patrucco, who just passed away this last June, in honor of the good work he did here for students and chess at Rhode Island College,” said Frank DelBonis, president of Rhode Island Chess Association, a nonprofit that advocates chess within the local community and organizes tournaments throughout the state.

Patrucco transformed RIC into a national chess power through his involvement with the RIC Chess Club in the 1970s and 80s. He built a team ranked in the top 10 nationally, winning the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship in 1985, and the U.S. amateur team championship in 1980.

During Patrucco’s leadership at RIC, the college is believed to have been the first in the country to offer scholarships to chess players.

Competitors, including members of the RIC chess club, are eligible to win cash prizes of up to $375, and honors and trophies within their competitive division, of which there are three – USCF ratings of under 1900, under 1500, and an open tournament for stronger players.

For more information about the R.I. State Chess Championship or the RI Chess Association, click here.

(Source: R.I. Chess Association)