Interested in competing? Check out the requirements and what's involved.
WHO: K-5 students who registered for the National K-12 Showdown in December
WHEN: Saturday January 9, 2021 at 11 a.m. CST
WHAT: The online tournament will be 6 rounds with a time control of 10+2. There will be six sections, one for each grade K-5. The top five kids in each section (after tiebreaks) will win an invitation to a mini-camp held by FunMasterMike, where they will have one of their games reviewed!
Important Information and Registration
To play in the tournament your name must show here.
You also need to check your clubs page and make sure you have been added to the correct grade’s club for the tournament. You can check your clubs here.
If either of these is not correct you should email email@example.com with player's name, US Chess ID, grade, and correct ChessKid username. The deadline for emailing us is 11:59pm Pacific on Monday, January 4, 2021.
If both of those are correct, then you are already "registered" and you don't have to email us or do anything! All you have to do is arrive 30 minutes before the first game (8:30am Pacific/11:30am Eastern) and click to join the tournament.
If you do not intend to play, that's fine. No need to contact ChessKid. You simply won't be "paired" since you didn't click to join the tournament.
There are no set round times; rounds will begin once all the games in a given section finish (the format is exactly like the Sunday event we ran on December 13).
The approximate total length of the tournament is about 2.5 hours.
DO NOT ARRIVE AND JOIN LATE, NOT EVEN BY A MINUTE. We cannot stress this enough.
All normal fair play rules and measures are in place as agreed to in the original event. By playing in the FunMasterMike My Fault Cup, you agree not to use outside assistance of any kind. If you are found in violation you will be removed from the tournament and for this event there will be no appeals. If you were removed from the original event for a fair play violation, you are not eligible to play in the My Fault Cup.
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.