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It's the first chess tournament of the school year!
Although we are offering both a Rated section (for those with a USCF rating) and a Non-Rated section for beginning players, we will NOT issue a tournament report to the USCF. So, this is an opportunity for everyone to relax, not worry about ratings, but play in their first chess tournament early in the school year.
When: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Where: Rainbow Elementary, 50 Nance Road, Madison, AL 35758
Mandatory Players Meeting: 9:00 a.m.
Round times (approximate): 9:15 - 10:30 - 12:30 - 1:45 - 3:00 (non-rated sections are likely to start sooner after the first round)
Game time: Rated sections - G/30/d5; Non-Rated sections - G/20
Rated Sections and Awards: K-12 (Open); K-12 Under 1000; K-12 Under 500; Trophies for 1st-3rd, Medals for 4th-6th and Top Female
**Note: It is recommended that Pre-K and Kindergarten (rising 1st grade) students with a published rating should register in the K-12 Under 500 section regardless of rating.
Non-Rated Sections and Awards: K-12; K-6; K-3; Trophy for 1st, Medals based on enrollment and for Top Female
USCF membership required for the Rated sections only.
Registration Fee: $20 for MCCL members and $25 for non-MCCL members who register by August 22nd. (lower MCCL member price will appear when you add the tournament to your cart)
Deadline to register online: Wednesday, August 22nd.
Here is an articlefor players new to competitive chess.
Related Tournaments Check out pairings and standings
The United States Chess Federation rules require all competitors in rated sections to record their moves as they play. All tournaments conducted by MCCL enforce all USCF rules.If you are not familiar with how to record, read these articles (part 1 and part 2) and watch this video.
Online Tournament Registration Information
Most online tournaments are not rated and will only affect your ChessKid or Chess.com ratings in that system. If a tournament is RATED on Chess.com , it will be indicated in the tournament details.
ChessKid.com Tournaments: Here is an article telling you how to join tournaments on ChessKid. ChessKid Tip: Use a computer Browser to access Live Chess, not a mobile device of any kind.
To join tournaments, go to Play vs. Kid and click on the tournament you want to join to the right hand side of the screen (you can join a ChessKid tournament 15 minutes before start time--join early so you don't miss the first round!). The tournaments have various time controls and numbers of rounds, so be sure you can commit to playing for the duration before you join. When your round is over, you can watch other games still in progress. The next round will be paired when everyone has finished playing the current round, so stay online. Good luck!
Chess.com Tournaments: Join tournaments in Live Chess. Click on Tournaments to see which ones you are able to join. You can join a Chess.com tournament an hour before start time.
Parents should consider enabling SAFE MODE for any child's accounts who just wants to play chess and disable messages, chats, and comments (you can limit messages to friends in the settings). Read how to enable SAFE MODE here.
RATED tournaments on Chess.com : The USCF allows rated rapid and blitz tournaments to be conducted on Chess.com . The results will affect your Online Blitz or Online Rapid rating only. To play a USCF rated tournament online, you have to authenticate your US Chess membership by completing a Google docs form that Chess.com created. You can find the form here.