North Alabama Team Scholastic (NATS) Is Back!

September 30th, 8:33AM

Sponsored by Sullins Eye Care Center

MCCL returns with a new and improved version of its Team Championship series and invites all 4-person teams from every school in North Alabama to participate on Saturday October 27, 2018.  All age groups will be included with the MCCL Team Cup also being awarded to the top Madison team in the middle/high school section. Because it is early in the school year, and coaches assign board orders for their team, no tournament report will be issued.  So this will be like a practice or non-rated tournament, although board order will be determined using current USCF ratings.

This is a great opportunity for all coaches to allow both developing and seasoned team members to experience the 4-person team format that is used during the State Scholastic Chess Championship in the spring. We are also awarding a Top Female team trophy in all sections, so this should make for some creative constructions of teams.

Coaches: You have the option of using a paper registration form and paying by check OR registering online. Everything you need to register can be found here. Individuals should not register for this tournament. Let your coach know if you would like to compete.

International Food Festival During NATS. Sign up now to bring a dish.

After our MCCL 5th Anniversary Celebration and International Food Festival, our families asked us to consider holding a similar event during a chess tournament so even more people could sample food and hold a fund raiser for MCCL. So this is your opportunity to bring food in three categories: Indian, European or Asian as well as dessert. This continues our 5th Anniversary celebration, and we will sell food tickets during NATS to raise money for MCCL. We appreciate everyone who participates. And, our kids will really enjoy the food in between rounds.

Discovery Middle School which is hosting the event will offer concession items. MCCL will also sell 5th Anniversary t-shirts while supplies last.

North Alabama Team Scholastic

Saturday, October 27, 2018  

4 Round Swiss 

Location: Discovery Middle School

Primary (K-3), Elementary (K-6), Open (K-12)

Coaches and Chess Team Sponsors Will Register Teams

Early Registration Deadline:  Monday Oct. 22, 2018

Team Fee: $40 by Oct. 22. After Oct. 22: $80

No On-site Registration:  Online registration closes on Wed. Oct. 24th. 

Paper registration forms and payment must be postmarked and emailed to by Oct 22, 2018 or register online by Oct. 22 in order to pay the early registration fee of $40.  

Make checks payable to: Madison City Chess League. Mail entry forms and payment to: MCCL, P.O. Box 843, Madison, AL  35758.

COACHES and SPONSORS:  Register your teams online here.  You can pay online by credit card or mail in your check and copy of the registration form by Oct. 22nd.  The form for paper registration can be found by clicking here.


Who Can Play

4-Board Team vs. Team match point scoring. Substitutions allowed but with board-order preserved and alternate on 4th board. All members of a team must be grade-eligible for section entered and represent a school. Public School, Home-School and Private School Teams are eligible to play and encouraged to participate. Multiple teams (“A”, “B”, etc.) from any school are encouraged. Club teams are not eligible.


Mandatory players meeting: 8:45 AM 

Rounds: 9:00AM, 11AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM (rounds will be accelerated if everyone has finished playing)

Time Control:  G/45; d5 


No memberships are required as we will not submit a tournament report to the USCF.  However, we wiil use your most current published rating to establish board order for your team.

Here is an article for players new to competitive chess. 

Team Trophies

Top Five School Teams in K-3 & K-6. Top Three School Teams in K-12.  Top Female Team in all sections. MCCL will also be awarding the traveling MCCL Team Cup to the top K-12 team from Madison.

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