Chino Valley man claims 1st place at local chess blitz

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Jim Briggs of Chino Valley was the top finisher with a 12-2 record, which netted him $60, at the Prescott Chess Club Blitz No. 6 on Jan. 27 at Yavapai College in Prescott. Eight players from Prescott competed in 56 chess games using special timers and giving each player only 5 minutes, which is known as a “blitz” or speed chess. Tom Green of Prescott finished second overall with 11.5 points, earning $35, while Dr. Thomas Keenan of Prescott was the best Class C/E player. He scored 8.5 points and earned $30. Ivan Marriott, a seventh grader at Prescott BASIS, who two games in his first rated chess tournament. He earned $25 as the top unrated player. The next Prescott Chess Club event will be the Yavapai Scholastic Chess Tournament at Yavapai College in building three, room 119, on Saturday, Feb. 17. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in the following sections: Grammar (K-5), middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12). A team trophy for each section will be determined by adding together the top four scores from a school. For more information on the local chess scene, contact Green at 740-803-2532.

Annual Leprechaun Charity Open at Antelope Hills set for March 17

The ninth annual Leprechaun Charity Open golf tournament is scheduled to take place Saturday, March 17, at Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott. The tournament is sponsored by the men’s golf club and benefits Prescott Area Shelter Services. Last year, 156 total golfers participated and raised $3,100. The club hopes to exceed that mark this spring. The event is a four-person scramble format at $55 per golfer, which includes green fees, cart, range balls and a buffet lunch. There are $2,200 in total prizes for multiple categories and a hole-in-one contest for a new car and raffle prizes. Scheduled tee time March 17 is 9 a.m. Deadline to enter is Friday, March 11. For more information go to leprechauncharityopen.ahmgc.com or contact Joe Gouveia at 928-830-0625.

Prescott FlyFishers and Trout Unlimited’s annual meeting set for Feb. 6

The Prescott FlyFishers and Trout Unlimited organization is scheduled to hold its next meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Lamb Chevrolet on 400 Prescott Lakes Parkway. Fly Fishing Guide manager Cole Glenn at the San Juan Angler in Durango, Colorado, will speak to the club about the miles of miles of back-country creeks and tributaries in the Durango area, as well as fishing in the Animas River. The meeting is open to the public and no membership is required. For more information, contact Neil Warner at 928-499-2434.

D-backs spring training tickets now available

Individual tickets for all Arizona Diamondbacks 2018 spring training games at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale are online at dbacks.com/spring and at the box office at home plate gate. Tickets for all games at Salt River Fields are priced from $13 to $40. General admission to lawn seating starts at $13 and tickets for the 7,000 reserve seats within the bowl of the stadium start at $24. More than 300,000 fans are estimated to attend spring training games at Salt River Fields, which is also home to the Colorado Rockies. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report for their first workout Wednesday, Feb. 14, and the first full-squad workout is set for Monday, Feb. 19. The D-backs open their 21st spring training Wednesday, Feb. 21, with an exhibition game against Arizona State at 1:10 p.m. Arizona official starts Cactus League play Friday, Feb. 23, with a road game against the Rockies and will host the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, Feb. 24.