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Madison City Schools Fall Scholars Chess
What: Scholastic Chess Tournament for
students attending Madison City Schools in grades K-12
When: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Players Meeting: 9:00 a.m.
Where: Madison Elementary, 17 College St.,
Madison, AL 35758
Registration Fee: $20 all sections for MCCL members; $25
all sections for non-MCCL members (lower MCCL member price will appear
when you add the tournament to your cart)
registration must occur no later than Wednesday Sept. 22. No On-siteRegistration. Pairing:4SS for Championship section/5SS for
all other sections. Register online at www.madisonchess.com
Two Sections: Rated and Non-Rated
Rated: Championship (K-12); Under 1000 (K-12); and Under 500
Prizes: Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and
3rd; Medals for 4th-6th & Top Female
USCF membership required to
compete in the Rated (Championship & Under) sections.
Non-Rated: K-2 and 3rd-5th (Note: If you are in 6th-12th
grade and non-rated, you must play in the Rated Under 500 section and register
for a USCF membership.)
Prizes: Medals for 1st through
10th and Top Female
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.