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2023 City Chess Championship
James Clemens High School
March 24-25, 2023
Madison City will hold its 8th Annual Grade-Level City Chess Championship in 2023! That means we will crown a chess champion for each grade level K-12. There is no need to qualify. The City Chess Championship is an open championship where anyone can register to compete by grade level. You must register in your grade level. The tournament is open to any competitor in grades K-12, but one must reside within Madison City limits to be eligible to win and be declared City Chess Champion for their grade level.
Membership: USCF membership is required for all sections.
Location: James Clemens High School, 11306 County Line Road, Madison AL 35756.
Registration Fee: $20 for MCCL members; $25 for non-members (reduced price will appear after you add to your shopping cart).
Jr High and High School grades Game 90/d5; 4 rounds; starts Friday (3/24) at 6 p.m. Sat. rounds: 9:00-12:15 - 3:30 Elementary (4th-6th) grades Game 60/d5, 4 rounds; starts Saturday. Round times: 9:15–11:45–2:00-4:30 Primary (K-3rd) grades Game 45/d5, 4 rounds; starts Saturday. Round times: 9:30 - 11:15 - 1:00 - 2:45
Awards Ceremony at 7 pm. Awards will be presented at 7 p.m. to the top 3 finishers in each grade level. Each City Champion in grades K-2nd will receive a $50 prize. Each City Champion in grades 3rd-12th will receive a $100 prize.
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.