Interested in competing? Check out the requirements and what's involved.
The National K-12 Grade Championship is back this December 3rd-5th in Orlando at Rosen Shingle Creek Convention Center. It's been two years since our kids have been able to compete over-the-board at a national chess tournament. Grade Nationals is unique in that every section is comprised of students in one grade. So 1st graders play 1st graders, 2nd graders play 2nd graders, etc. The top players in the US compete, so it is a really challenging tournament, but our kids learn so much! The tournament spans 3 days and last 7 rounds with each game lasting up to 90 minutes per side (or potentially 3 hours each round). Masks will be required throughout the tournament playing hall and in all public areas.
Register online by November 22nd to compete at Grade Nationals for the early fee of $70. You must register by school in your grade level. Register online here.
RESERVE YOUR ROOM IF YOU WANT TO GO - ROOMS WILL SELL OUT
Rosen Shingle Creek 9939 Universal Blvd. Orlando, FL 32819 (866) 996-6338 or (407) 996-6338 HR: $129 - Cutoff date: November 8, 2021
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INDIVIDUAL RESERVATIONS (9 rooms or fewer per night)
In order to confirm a room assignment for attendees, you will be required to provide a first night's deposit that will be charged immediately. The deposit is refundable up to 5 business days prior to the first date of your reservation. Checks and major credit cards are acceptable to establish prepayment. Credit cards will be charged immediately. The Hotel will deduct any collected nonrefundable prepayment fees from the amount that may be owed as performance or cancellation damages.
A USCF membership is required in order to compete in any rated tournaments. Please use MCCL #A6040788 when completing the "Membership Appreciation Program Credit" box.
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.