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Madison City Kindergarten Tournament
Game: 15 min per side; 5 rounds if time permits
Who: Any kindergarten or pre-kindergarten student (limited to the first 20 who register online)
Where: Rainbow Elementary, 50 Nance Rd., Madison, AL 35758
When: Saturday March 4, 2023
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Player Meeting: 8:45 p.m. Rainbow Library Media Center
Memberships: No memberships are required; for both rated and non-rated kindergarten students; this will be a non-rated tournament and great practice for the Kindergarten section of the Madison City Chess Championship!
Entry Fee: $20 for MCCL members; $25 for non-members (savings for MCCL members will appear after you add the tournament to your cart)
Awards: Trophy for 1st place; all other competitors receive a medal; awards ceremony will occur at approximately noon
Deadline to register online: March 1, 2023 or until filled (limited to 20 students). No on-site registration available.
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.