Registration is Open for the 2020 Winter Knights Tournament

January 1st, 1:43AM

Register now for the first tournament of 2020! Winter Knights is a chess tournament for kids in grades K-12 attending public, private, or home school.  It offers both Rated and Non-Rated sections. Rated players must register in their grade level section which closely aligns to the upcoming City Chess Grade-Level Championship in April. We are using a longer time control of 60 minutes for the Rated section to help our students prepare for National tournaments that use either a 90-minute or 120-minute time control. Be sure to renew your MCCL membership for 2020 in a separate order before you register for Winter Knights so you will receive $5 off your registration fee.

2020 Winter Knights Tournament Details

Where: Columbia Elementary School, 667 Balch Road, Madison, AL  35758

When: January 18th, 2020, Players Meeting: Rated Section: 8:45 am; Non-Rated Section: 9:15 a.m.

Round TimesSaturday - Rated Sections:  9:0011:302:00-4:30, Time Control - G/60;d5

Non-Rated Sections:  9:30 - 11:00 - 12:30 - 2:00 - 3:30, Time Control - G/30;d5

Memberships, Fees, And Deadlines

  • USCF membership is required for all rated sections, and must be obtained before registering for this tournament.  USCF membership can be obtained online at or by mail using this form.
  • Entry Fee: $20 for MCCL members in all sections.  $25 for non-members.  (All MCCL annual members must renew their memberships in January each year.)
  • Entry Deadline: Online entry by Wednesday, January 15, 2020. 

Awards and Trophies

Rated:  Individual Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd; Individual Medals for 4th, 5th, 6th and Top Female in each section.
Non-Rated:  Individual Medals for 1st-3rd and Top Female in each section.



The Winter Knights tournament has six Rated sections which are similar to the MCCL City Chess Championship that will be a grade-level championship.  Therefore, like the City Chess Championship, students must register in their grade level.

  • K-2nd
  • 3rd-4th
  • 5th-6th
  • 7th-8th
  • 9th-10th
  • 11th-12th

The Winter Knights is an open tournament for all students in good standing in their school (home school, public school or private school) chess clubs. Students in the Rated section will play four rounds with a longer game time of 60 minutes with a five-second delay. If you have ever played in a rated tournament (like Queen's Quest), then you must compete in the Rated Section of Winter Knights.


Winter Knights also offers two Non-Rated sections for students who are new to competitive chess:  K-3 and K-6. You do not need a USCF membership to play in the Non-Rated section.  Students in the Non-Rated section will play five rounds with a game time of 30 minutes with a five-second delay.  Non-rated sections may be merged at the discretion of the tournament director.

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