The Las Cruces Scholastic Chess Association teamed up with the STEM Outreach Center and the El Paso Institute of Chess (EPIC) to hold the first John Clark Memorial Tournament. The tournament was free to all competitors. There were three age divisions which were Kindergarten to 2nd grade, 3rd grade – 5th grade, and 6th grade – 8th grade. There were over 70 students competing from Alameda Elementary, Lynn Middle School, Mesilla Park Elementary, University Hills Elementary, Sierra Middle School, and students from EPIC. The tournament was from 8:00am – 3:00pm and all students played five rounds each while parents patiently watched from the sidelines. First through third place finalists in each group received a trophy. Fourth and fifth place received medals.