Winter Knights Scholastic Chess Tournament

Starts: Jan 14, 2017 @ 8:45 AM

The fourth qualifier for the 2017 City Chess Championship

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

When: January 14th, 2017, Players Meeting: Rated Section: 8:45 am; Non-Rated Section: 9:15 a.m.

Round TimesSaturday - Rated Sections9:0012:002:30-5:00, Time Control - G/60;d5

Non-Rated Sections:  9:30 - 11:00 - 12:30 - 2:00 - 3:30, 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 or by mail using this form.
  • Entry Fee: $20 for rated sections.
  • Entry Deadline: Online entry by Wednesday, January 11, 2017. 

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.

Special Awards

In order to qualify for special awards listed below, the player must be a member in good standing of a chess club/team and reside in Madison.

Each rated section of the 2017 Winter Knights Scholastic Chess Tournament is a qualifier for the 2017 Madison City Scholastic Chess Championship. The top two players from each grade bracket (K-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12) will be invited to participate in the City Championship.  For more information about the City Championship, click here.


The Winter Knights tournament has four Rated sections, which mirror the sections that will be competing in the upcoming MCCL City Chess Championship.  The sections, based strictly on grade level in order to qualify for the City Chess Championship, are:

  • K-3
  • 4-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-12

Students can "play up" in a higher section upon request.  The Winter Knights is an open tournament for all students in good standing in their school (home school, public school or private school) chess clubs.  Only residents of Madison can qualify, however, for the MCCL City Chess Championship.  Students in the Rated section will play four rounds with a longer game time of 60 minutes with a five-second delay.

Winter Knights also offers three Non-Rated sections for students who are new to competitive chess:  K-3; K-6; K-12.  You do not need a USCF membership to play in the Non-Rated section.  Students in the Non-Rated section will play five rounds.  Non-rated sections may be merged at the discretion of the tournament director.

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