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Principal Jamie Golliver and Madison Elementary Chess Team sponsor Sarah Busken at the 2019 MCS Fall Scholars
Fall Scholars Chess Tournament is going online this year via ChessKid.com. We are excited to offer a Rated section that will result in an online rating for our students who compete in USCF rated tournaments as well as a Non-Rated section for students in grades K-5 who are beginners. We will issue a tournament report with the USCF after the conclusion of our Fair Play analysis and validation of all results. For many students, this will be the first opportunity to establish a USCF online rating this school year.
Rated chess tournaments require membership in the United States Chess Federation for every participant. Whether you are joining for the first time or renewing your membership, please include MCCL Affiliate # A6040788 in the membership appreciation code box. You can register for your USCF membership here.
For this year only: MCS Fall Scholars will be an open tournament to all students in grades K-12 residing in Madison.
NEW RULE FOR ONLINE TOURNAMENTS HOSTED BY MCCL: Players may only
keep one tab open on your browser during the tournament. Players who open more
than one tab and toggle to other pages will be disqualified for a technical
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.