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 26, 2019. 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 the Alabama Chess Federation calendar anticipates the State Scholastic Chess Championship to be held in North Alabama, we will use this as a great opportunity to start building teams for a State championship event, and this tournament will be rated.
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Location: Discovery Middle School
Primary(K-3), Elementary (K-6), Open (K-12)
Coaches and Chess Team Sponsors Will Register Teams
Registration Deadline: Monday Oct. 21, 2019
Team Fee: $40 by Oct. 21. After Oct. 21: $80
No On-site Registration: Online registration closes on Monday Oct. 21st.
Paper registration forms and payment must be postmarked and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct 21, 2019 or register online by Oct. 21 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 onlinebelow. You can pay online by credit card or mail in your check and copy of the registration form by Oct. 21st. 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. The November Supplement ratings (published on Wed. Oct. 23rd) will be utilized to determine board order for any team.
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 – USCF Dual Rated
USCF membership is required. ACF membership is encouraged as you will need one to compete at the State Scholastic Championship in spring 2020.
Here is an articlefor players new to competitive chess.
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.
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.