2023 Winter Knights Chess Tournament

Starts: Jan 14, 2023 @ 9:00 AM

2023 Winter Knights Scholastic Chess Tournament

January 14, 2023

    Winter Knights offers both Rated and Non-Rated sections. Rated players must register in their grade level section which closely aligns to the upcoming City Chess Grade-Level Championship in March. We are using a longer time control of 45 minutes for the Rated section to help our students prepare for National tournaments that use either a 90-minute or 120-minute time control. Be sure to renew your MCCL membership for 2023 in a separate order before you register for Winter Knights so you will receive $5 off your registration fee.

    Tournament Details

    Where: Columbia Elementary School, 667 Balch Road, Madison, AL  35758

    When: January 14th, 2023, Players Meeting: 9:00 a.m.

    Round TimesSaturday - Rated Sections:  9:15 - 11:00 - 1:00 - 3:00, Time Control - G/45;d5

    Non-Rated Sections:  9:15 - 10:45 - 12:15 - 1:30 - 2:45, Time Control - G/30;d5

      Memberships, Fees, And Deadlines

      USCF membership is required for all rated sections, and must be obtained before registering for this tournament.  USCF membership can be obtained online at https://new.uschess.org/join-us-chess.

      Entry Fee: $20 for MCCL members in all sections.  $25 for non-members.  (All MCCL annual members must renew their memberships in January each year.)

      Entry Deadline: Online entry by Wednesday, January 11, 2023. 


      Awards and Trophies

      Rated:  Individual Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd; Individual Medals for 4th, 5th, 6th and Top Female in each section. 

      Non-Rated:  Individual Medals for 1st-3rd and Top Female in each section.



      The Winter Knights tournament has six Rated sections which are similar to the MCCL City Chess Championship that will be a grade-level championship.  Therefore, like the City Chess Championship, students must register in their grade level.

      • K-2nd
      • 3rd-4th
      • 5th-6th
      • 7th-8th
      • 9th-10th
      • 11th-12th


      Winter Knights also offers two Non-Rated sections for students who are new to competitive chess:  K-3 and K-5.  You do not need a USCF membership to play in the Non-Rated section.  Students in the Non-Rated section will play five rounds with a game time of 30 minutes with a five-second delay.  Non-rated sections may be merged at the discretion of the tournament director.

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