Interested in competing? Check out the requirements and what's involved.
All-Girls State Chess Championship
Saturday February 20, 2021
STANDING 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 violation.
Note: If your child does not attend Madison City Schools, please provide your child's ChessKid Username in the "note section" when you register.
Sections & Time Control
Sections: K-3, K-6, and K-12
Time Control and Rounds: [adding 5 minute-round breaks in between each round]
K-3 & K-6: Game 20 (5SS) 1 p.m. [Join tournament in your section at least 10 minutes early!]
K-12: Game 20 + 5 sec (5SS) 2 p.m. [Join tournament in your section at least 10 minutes early!]
Teams: Top 3 individual scores from the same school in each section will comprise the team score.
Entry Fee: $25 by Wednesday Feb. 17th (last day to register)
Registration: Enter online at www.madisonchess.com
OPEN TO ALABAMA RESIDENTS ONLY WHO ARE ACF MEMBERS
Email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsors: State Senator Arthur Orr and Madison City Chess League
A USCF Ratings Report will be filed after the tournament and will affect your Online Quick Rating only. USCF Tie Break Rules will apply. Online results are not final until the tournament directors can complete a fair play analysis and validate all results. Final results will be posted online when they are available.
Trophies for 1st-5th place and medals for all who tie for 5th place in each section.
The top 4 scores in the K-12 Section will be finalists for an over-the-board playoff to determine the Champion who will represent Alabama at the Ruth Haring National Girls Tournament of Champions (NGTOC)
1st-3rd place team medals and trophies awarded in each section.
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.