General Event Information
Saturday, March 13, 2021
– First round begins at 10:00 am
Where: Virtually! At chesskid.com. You will receive more information after registering.
(PLAYERS SHOULD BE ONLINE AT LEAST 10 MINUTES PRIOR TO START OF ROUND ONE – BEING ON TIME IS VERY IMPORTANT AS PLAYERS COULD LOSE THE GAME IF THEY DON’T START PLAYING WHEN THE ROUND BEGINS. As soon as the last game of round one is complete, the next round will start immediately. Players need to stay in the tournament and be ready for the next round to start. You will not be able to reenter if you leave the tournament.)
Players and Pairings
All currently registered players and tournament results will be posted on our website here.
Please allow one week from the time of your registration for your information to be updated. Once updated, please verify your information and section.
During the event, if you see a mistake or have a question about a result, please alert a ChessKid TD immediately via Slack Help Desk.
Results will not be final for one week for all games to be checked by chesskid.com for fairplay.
Non-rated (for players who are not rated with the U.S. Chess Federation):
Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grades 7-9, and Grades 10-12
Rated (for players who are rated with the U.S. Chess Federation):
Grades K-3 Open, Grades 4-6 <800, Grades 4-6 Open, Grades 7-9 Open, and Grades K-12 Open
- Entry in the non-rated sections is limited to players with ten (10) or fewer rated games. No exceptions.
- Participation medals will be sent to all participants after the tournament concludes.
- Medals will be awarded to the winner of each section after the tournament concludes.
- A First Place Trophy will be awarded to the tournament winner and will be sent after the results are finalized.
- The March USCF supplement will be used to define the current rating for each participant.
- Please treat all players and participants with RESPECT.
Registration Information, Dates, and Fees
Early Bird: $20 (Prior to February 19, 2021)
Standard: $25 (February 20 – March 5, 2021)
Registration includes a welcome packet and medal (medal sent after tournament concludes)
Changes to Registration Information
All player changes, including section, team name, etc. must be made no later than one week prior to tournament date (March 6) by emailing email@example.com
No refunds will be given for cancellations after the Monday (March 8) before the tournament on Saturday, March 13, 2021.
All player cancellations are final. Please note that if a player is cancelled, another player from the same team can NOT replace this cancelled player. The cancellation will be processed, and a player will be pulled from the wait list.
Tournament Rules and Regulations
All sections are paired as individual Swiss System tournaments. Team standings will be determined as provided below.
Players can withdraw by clicking the “x” in the top right of the lobby. It will then prompt the player with the question “are you sure you want to withdraw?” Click “Yes” to withdraw.
PLEASE NOTE: There is no way to rejoin the tournament once a player has withdrawn.
Players are not able to request a bye with the current format.
Time control is 25/5.
Tournament Director Assistance
If a player or parent should need assistance from a TD, this can be done via the Slack Help Desk link. Help desk opens 1 hour prior to start of tournament.
Players are given one half point for draws.
Official Rules of Chess
Decisions of Tournament Directors will be based on the U.S. Chess Federation’s Official Rules of Chess.
Integrity and Sportsmanship
By signing up for this tournament, you agree to the fair play terms set up by ChessKid and Tournament organizers. Fair play is taken VERY SERIOUSLY. Every single game of the event will be subject to review by Chess.com/ChessKid’s industry-leading fair play measures. If a player has violated them, he/she will be removed from the tournament, all games may be declared lost, and possible further action taken for future tournaments.
Parents, your role as stewards of proper behavior is vital. The following things are not allowed while playing online chess tournaments:
- Only one browser tab is allowed to be open while games are being played. If other tabs or programs are found to be opened, this constitutes a technical violation.
- No computer assistance
- No human assistance
- No watching the live stream
- No tablebases
- No databases
- No books or notes
- No past games or scorebooks
- No use of a physical chess set to analyze variations
- Players are encouraged to have good sportsmanship! Bad sportsmanship can include constantly offering a draw after every move, refusing to move when there is mate in one, or spamming your opponent with too many chat messages. Offering them Good Luck before the game is accepted.
Please keep in mind also that all mouse slips, accidental resignations or draw offers, and internet stability issues all count as they happen. Players are not allowed any recourse for these events. If you disconnect because of an internet issue, you do have time to reconnect for as long as the game has time left on the clock. Your game will not be lost by the server. By playing in this tournament, you are agreeing to all of these fair play rules. You are allowed to appeal any ruling. However, once ChessKid conducts an appeal and gives an appellate ruling, you agree to accept that conclusion. There will not be any further appeal or discussion beyond that.
Players, coaches, parents, and other tournament observers are expected to adhere to the principles of honesty, respect, and courtesy and to the rules of chess. These standards of conduct are expected at all times.
Absolutely NO cell phones, text messaging, or video games allowed while playing online. Any of the previous could result in forfeiture. All games will be reviewed and analyzed after the tournament and if there is any instance of dishonest play, that player will be disqualified and will not be able to participate in future tournaments.
Team competition is calculated by adding the points accumulated by its three top-scoring players. There is no limit to the number of players from each school, but schools must have at least two players in a section to be eligible for team prizes. In most cases, participants will not have to play against teammates (see Tournament Format section for exceptions). All team members must be enrolled as full-time students in the same school. Club teams are allowed. An individual player can be part of a school team or a club team, but not both.
Sonneborn-Berger method will be used.