Canyons District sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders are preparing to square off at the CSD Middle School Chess Tournament Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. The fourth-annual tournament begins at 9:30 a.m. at Mount Jordan Middle School, 11150 S. 300 East in Sandy, and includes the top six competitors from each of Canyons’ eight middle schools. Sixth-graders are included in the tournament for the first time this year due to Canyons District grade reconfiguration, designed to better prepare students for college and careers.
The tournament is part of the Canyons Middle School Intramurals Program, created in 2009 to offer young teens competitive athletic and academic events in which everyone is welcome to participate. Other tournaments include cross country, which was held in October, 2013; 3-on-3 basketball and soccer, which are scheduled for spring 2014.