About 90 people are expected to participate Sunday in a tournament sanctioned by the United States Chess Federation.
The tournament, which starts at 9 a.m. at the Palm Springs Pavilion, is open to chess enthusiasts of all ages. Competitors can win trophies and cash, according to organizers.
Richard Hostrop, a retired publisher, helped start chess clubs in local schools and used area Rotary clubs to sponsor and promote the tournament. Participants will include students from Palm Springs-area schools, according to organizers.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for people in the desert region to participate in a sanctioned tournament," Hostrop said. "Normally players must travel to coastal cities where these events are held frequently, we are thrilled to bring this opportunity to the desert through our network of Rotary clubs."
The U.S. Chess Federation, based in Tennessee, sanctions tournaments around the country and represents the United States in the World Chess Federation, according to its website.
Registration is $35 for ages 6 to 17 and $50 to $55 for those 18 and older. Early registration closed Thursday; people can register at the door at 9 a.m. Sunday.
– City News Service.