Interested in competing? Check out the requirements and what's involved.
Sponsored by State Senator Tom Butler
Saturday January 28, 2023
Elementary, 1321 Woodmont Ave. SE, Huntsville, AL 35801
When: Saturday, January 28, 2023.
Sections: Rated Sections Only: K-3 U300; K-3 Championship; K-5
Under 500; K-5 Championship; K-8 Jr High; K-12 Open (Your official published
rating as of Jan. 18th will be used to assign sections.)
Round Times: 9:30, 11:00, 12:30, 2:00,
3:30 Time Control: Game 30/d5
Players meeting: 9:15 a.m.
Memberships, Fees, And Deadlines
·5 round Swiss, USCF rated. USCF
membership is required for all sections, and must be obtained before
registering for this tournament. USCF membership can be obtained
online at https://new.uschess.org/become-member
·Entry Fee: $25 per
individual (because this is an individual and team event, the
registration fee is the same for all individuals)
·Deadline:Online entry by Wednesday January 25, 2023.
·No Onsite Registration. No refunds after
you have been paired.
This is an individual event, with secondary team prizes; team is
four highest scorers. Teams may represent a school only. Pairings will be
Individual Awards: Trophies for top
10 individuals in K-3 U300, K-3 Championship, K-5 Under 500, K-5 Championship,
K-8 Jr High. Top 5 individuals in K-12 Open. Medals to all
individuals whose score ties for a trophy place, but loses out on tie‐break.
Team Awards: Trophies for top 5 teams
in K-3 U300, K-3 Championship, K-5 Under 500, and K-5 Championship sections.
Top 2 teams in K-8 Jr High and Top 2 teams in K-12 Open sections.
Related Tournaments Check out pairings and standings
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.