ChessKid is pleased to announce its first nationwide online tournament to be played in the United States just for female chess players. Individual and team prizes will be awarded to promote and highlight the continued growth of scholastic female chess players in the U.S. Additionally, we are also featuring a women's section with individual prizes.
The tournament will be US Chess Online Quick Rated and all scholastic girls that are brand-new members of US Chess will also receive a one-year membership included with their registration!
Among the prizes for the tournament will be opportunity for the top ten in each section to participate in an online chess camp led by current/former US Women's Champions!
Past champions GM Irina Krush,IM Nazi Paikidze, IM Anna Zatonskih, IM Rusa Goletiani, WGM Sabina Foiser, WGM Jennifer Shahade, WGM Jennifer Yu, and WIM Elina Cotler have already offered to be the master teachers for the winners. That's pretty much every U.S. Women's Champion from this century!
Jen Shahade will provide commentary during this unique event for girls and women. "I am so excited to watch the top girls and women in the country battle in the ChessKid USA Girls & Women's Championship," she said. "Let's make this a world record -- spread the word!"
Four Sections for Girls Offering Team and Individual Awards
Sections: K-3; 4th-5th; 6th-8th; and 9th-12th grade sections. Note that in the girls event you cannot "play up" into a higher grade. You must play in the section of the grade you are currently in.
Individual awards: Plaques for top 3 in each section; top 10 girls in each section get to participate in chess camp led by current or former U.S. Women's champions!
Team awards: Plaques for top 3 teams for the top 3 scores from each school in each section.
Women's Section Individual Awards
Plaques for top 3; top 10 women get to participate in a chess camp led by current or former US Women's Champions!
Note that scholastic girls can elect to play in the women's section. It is open to all female players regardless of age.
The top 3 mother-daughter pairs (combined score) will also receive plaques!
When: Saturday April 17, 2021 at 9am Pacific/12pm Eastern.
Entry Fee: $40 by April 5; $50 by April 12. No Entries accepted after April 12. Note -- in order to play in the warmup event on April 10, you MUST register by the early deadline on April 5.
Time Control: K-3 & 4th-5th grades: Game 10 min + 5 sec; 6 rounds.
6th-8th, 9th-12th & Women: Game 15 min + 5 sec; 6 rounds.
***USCF memberships required; will affect USCF online quick rating only.
***Note for scholastic sections online: If you are brand new to US Chess and rated play, ChessKid will purchase a US Chess scholastic membership for you and send you a voucher that you can use to register for a NEW USCF membership.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and section you will be playing in before registering to receive your voucher.(This offer does not apply for existing or expired US Chess members or for the women's section.)
The "early registration" fee is $40 USD if received on or before April 5th at 11:59pm Pacific U.S. time.
Registration from April 6th-April 12th, 2021 is $50 USD. There will be no registrations accepted after 11:59pm Pacific U.S. time on April 12th, 2021.
ChessKid will create a unique username for use in this event. Both the girls and women's sections will take place on ChessKid.com.
Everyone who registers by the early registration date of April 5th will receive their username by Friday, April 9th to participate in the warm-up event on Saturday, April 10th.
Everyone who registers after April 5th will receive their username by Friday, April 16th to participate in the main event on Saturday, April 17th.
Benefits of Registering Early
Everyone who registers by the early registration date of April 5th will be invited to a pre-tournament camp that will be live-streamed just for competitors.
Early registrants will be eligible to play in a warm-up event on ChessKid on Saturday April 10th.
Lower registration fee until April 5th.
ChessKid expects that all children and their families will abide by the rules governing fair play. Both the child and the parent/guardian will have to agree to our fair play policies when registering for the event.
This is what will be agreed to upon registering for the event:
ChessKid will run this event with the highest level of integrity and ethics. All players must play fairly and use good sportsmanship.
We strictly forbid cheating of all kinds. ChessKid will use its own algorithms to monitor games and also will manually analyze select games at its discretion.
All of your moves must be your own. You will not get help from anyone or anything else, including coaches, friends, parents, chess engines, or any other software of any kind.
You will also not have a phone, tablet, or any other electronic device in the same room.
You are only allowed to have one browser tab open and no other programs running on your computer. Violating this rule is a “technical forfeiture” and you will be disqualified, with no chance at prizes.
You agree that ChessKid will make the final determination on any fair play issue.
If you violate the ChessKid Fair Play Policy, then ChessKid will close your account and label it as having violated the Fair Play Policy.
If you are not willing to agree to the above policies, you will not be allowed to play in the event.
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.