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2024 Winter Knights Scholastic Chess Tournament
January 13, 2024
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 2024 in a separate order before you register for Winter Knights so you will receive $5 off your registration fee.
Where: Columbia Elementary School, 667 Balch Road, Madison, AL 35758
When: January 13th, 2024, Players Meeting: 9:00 a.m.
Round Times: Saturday - Rated Sections: 9:15 - 11:00 - 1:00 - 3:00, Time Control - G/45;d5
Practice: 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 10, 2024.
NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Awards and Trophies
Rated: Individual Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd; Individual Medals for 4th, 5th, 6th and Top Female in each section.
Practice Tournament--K-3 Non-Rated: Individual Medals for 1st-6th and Top Female.
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.
Winter Knights offers one Practice Tournament-- K-3 Non-Rated section for students who are new to competitive chess in grades K-3. 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.
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.