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2023 National Middle School (K-8) Championship, April 21-23
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7 Sections: April rating supplement will be used. Click here for scholastic event policies and procedures.
Up to two 1/2 point byes available any round if requested before round 1. A half-point bye in round 1 must be requested at the time of registration, or on-site before 11 AM Friday. A half-point bye request for rounds 2-7 not requested in advance must be requested two hours before the scheduled start of round 2. Players registering after 11 AM Friday will not be paired for round 1, will receive a half-point bye, and will begin play with round 2. Players requesting a section change late (after 11 AM Friday) will not be paired for round 1, will receive a half-point bye, and will begin play with round 2. A Team must have at least two players, although no maximum of players. The top three scores in any section will count for the team score. All players on a team must come from the same school. First place individual and team in K-8 Championship section, including ties, will be recognized as National Champions. US Chess membership current through April 2023 is required.
Time Control: NOTE THE NEW TIME CONTROL FOR THIS EVENT! Game/90 d10 (each player has 90 minutes to complete the game with a 10 second grace period each move)
Entry Fee: $80 if registered or postmarked by Mar. 20, $100 if registered or postmarked by Apr. 3, $115 by Apr. 10, $120 thereafter or on site. Do not mail anything after Apr. 3. $30.00 extra for all phone registrations. $30 change fee for roster or section changes after Apr. 10 or on site changes. A withdrawal requested by email no later than Apr. 20, or in person at Chess Control no later than 11 a.m. local time April 21, will be refunded 100% of the entry fee.
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.