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POSTPONED. New Date TBD: MD Elementary-School Chess State Championships 2020


ONLY FOR PLAYERS IN GRADES K-5 WHO ARE MD RESIDENTS or out-of-state residents enrolled in MD schools

Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Poly High School) & Western High School
1400 W. Cold Spring Lane (for distant commuters using I-83 & local commuters west of Falls Rd.)
4600 Falls Road (for local commuters east of Falls Rd.)
Baltimore, MD 21209

Skittles Rooms: Western HS's Cafeteria & Auditorium
Tournament Rooms: Poly HS's Cafeteria (adjoining Western HS's Cafeteria) & Room A-28 (top players only)

Recent History of the Tournament, Site, and/or Date

Section US-Chess Rating Grades Rounds Time Control Individual
Championship 1000+ K-5 5SS G40 d5 1st : $750 for
Rockefeller ES.
Free entries to MD Chess's 10+ annual open tournaments:
1st & K-3 Champion : 4, 2nd : 3, 3rd : 2, 4th : 1 (****).
K-3 Champion
1st team : top 4
600-999 600-999 K-5 5SS G30 d5 * **
Under 600 K-5 100-599
or unrated
K-5 6SS G25 d5 * **
Under 600 K-3 100-599
or unrated
K-3 6SS G25 d5 * **


8:15 - 9:00 Players, parents, & coaches settle in the skittles room(s) and then help set up boards & pieces in the tournament room(s).
9:00 - 9:10 Pairing notification: individual pairings texted & emailed; pairing sheets taped beneath section headings & beside wallcharts.
9:10 - 9:20 Players to their board in the tournament room(s). Parents & coaches are welcome.
9:20 - 9:30 Tournament announcements. Parents & coaches are welcome.
9:30 Round 1 begins for all sections. Parents & coaches return to the skittles room(s).
Scheduled Rounds
Awards Ceremony
Championship K-5 9:30 11:00 12:30 2:00 3:30   5:00 — or sooner ***
600-999 K-5 9:30 10:45 12:00 1:15 2:30   3:45 — or sooner ***
Under 600 K-5 9:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 — or sooner ***
Under 600 K-3 9:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 — or sooner ***


#SS # of rounds in which a player plays 1 game against an opponent determined by Swiss-system pairings (SS)
G# Base time: # of minutes per game (G) each player has to complete all of the player's moves
d# Delay time: # of seconds of delay (d) that elapse before a player's base time begins to elapse, when the player is on move
* Trophies: top ≈ 25% of players or players with ≈ ≥70% of available points (4.2+/6, 3.5+/5)
** Trophies: top ≈ 40% of teams or teams with ≈ ≥50% of available points (12+/24, 10+/20)—based on top (highest-finishing) 4 players
*** Each section's separate awards ceremony will begin ASAP after its final round has ended.
**** The 10+ annual open tournaments run by MD Chess to which the top 4 finishers (based on tiebreaks) & top K-3 finisher (based on tiebreaks) in Championship K-5 can win free early entry by today's date next year: Baltimore Open, MD Action Championship, MD Blitz Championship, MD Chess Action (monthly), MD Open, Old Line Open, Washington International (must have FIDE 2100+ for Masters section), & Washington International Blitz. Not applicable: Chesapeake Open (Baltimore Chess), East Coast Open (Baltimore Chess), Potomac Open (Baltimore Chess), UMBC Championship, & UMBC Open.


The individual & team winners (or co-winners) of Championship K-5 will be the 2020 Maryland Elementary-School Chess Champion. The highest-finishing individual K-3 player (or players) in Championship K-5 will be the 2020 Maryland Primary-School (K-3) Chess Champion.

MD's Representatives at the U.S. Open's State Invitationals

The Individual Champion will receive the MD Chess Elementary-School Chess Champion Stipend of $750 to represent Maryland at the John D. Rockefeller III National Tournament of Elementary-School State Champions.  A small portion of each entry fee for today’s tournament will be used to help support MD's representatives at US Chess's State Invitationals at the U.S. Open. Each of MD's 5 state representatives will receive $750 to compete at the 6 national state champions invitationals run concurrently with the U.S. Open:

Registration Fee for Tournament (extra for US-Chess membership)

      • To register for this tournament (starting 1 month beforehand), click on Register at bottom of page.
      • To register for any upcoming tournament run by MD Chess, click on Register at top of page.
      • If player's US-Chess membership will be current, then select 1st option for Registration Type: Tournament Registration (player's US-Chess membership will be current / will not have expired).
      • If player will lack current US-Chess membership, then select 2nd option for Registration Type: Tournament Registration & US-Chess Membership (new or renewal).
      • $5 discount for each player who attends a current Title-1 school & who isn't using another discount (such as the Baltimore Kids Chess League's). Enter Title1 as discount code during online registration.
      • $20—Tuesday, 2020.03.31, if completed by 11:59 PM (Early)
      • $40—Thursday, 2020.04.02, if completed by 11:59 PM (Regular)
      • $60—Saturday, 2020.04.04, if completed by 8 AM (Last-Minute: ½-point bye possible in Round 1)
      • $80—Saturday, 2020.04.04, 8 - 9 AM (At-the-Door: if space is available; ½-point bye likely in Round 1)

This tournament is supported generously by the Baltimore Kids Chess League.


Registered Players & Wallcharts

US-Chess Membership

      • To compete in this US-Chess-rated tournament, a player must have a US-Chess membership that is current (not yet expired).
      • If a player has ever been a US-Chess member, then the player has a permanent US-Chess ID # that must be entered during tournament registration: player's US-Chess ID # and membership expiration date.
      • If a player will lack a current US-Chess membership during the tournament, then select the 2nd option for Registration Type during tournament registration: Tournament Registration & US-Chess Membership (new or renewal). (Until MD Chess processes purchases of US-Chess memberships, a new member's US-Chess ID # will be listed as TBD [To Be Determined ] in the wallcharts listed above. MD Chess might wait until the day of the tournament to process those purchases.)
      • During the tournament a player who lacks a current US-Chess membership is ineligible to play, will not be paired in any round, & will receive a 0-point bye in all rounds, until the player purchases a US-Chess membership, by filling out MD Chess's US-Chess-membership form in the Tournament Directors' room.

For Which Section Should a Player Register?

      • Sections are listed primarily in order of rating strength & secondarily in order of grade range.
      • Players who have never competed in a US-Chess-rated tournament (the vast majority of unrated players) are not eligible for the strongest sections.
      • A player's eligibility by rating for a section is determined primarily by the player's official/published US-Chess rating during the month in which a tournament will be held. A player's official rating remains the same number throughout a month, because US Chess calculates a player's official rating only once per month. That is, a player's official rating does not change during a month, because a player's official rating throughout a month is what the player’s unofficial/unpublished rating was on the 3rd Wednesday of the previous month. Conversely, a player's unofficial rating can change an unlimited number of times per month, because US Chess calculates a player's new unofficial rating after every tournament in which the player competes—usually only 2 hours after the completed tournament has been submitted for ratings’ calculations. When registering a player for a tournament in month X, apply the player's official rating in month X. When registering a player for a tournament in month X+1, apply the player's unofficial rating on the 3rd Wednesday of month X. Click here for a player's official & unofficial US-Chess ratings.
      • With regard to a player's official rating, sections have a hard, inflexible ceiling at all US-Chess-rated tournaments, but a marginally flexible floor at MD Chess's scholastic tournaments. On the 1 hand, then, whenever a player's official rating is > a section's ceiling, the player may not play down in the section—even if the player's unofficial rating is ≤ the section's ceiling. So, for example, if a player wants to play in an Under 500 section (which has a ceiling of 499), but the player's official rating is 500+, then the player may not play in that section—even if the player's unofficial rating is 499-. But on the other hand, if a player's official rating is ≤ 50 points below a section's floor and/or the player's unofficial rating is ≤ 50 points below or ≥ the section's floor, then the player may play up in that section—unless the Chief Tournament Director and/or MD Chess's Scholastic Director were to decide it would not be in the tournament's best interests. So, for example, a player may play up in a 500-999 section, even if the player's official rating is below the section's floor of 500, as long as the player's official rating is 455-499 and/or the player's unofficial rating is 455-999. In short, then, a player's unofficial rating may be used only to play up in a higher section—not to play down in a lower section. If a player's unofficial rating were used to qualify to play up in a section, then that unofficial rating would be assigned to the player (without notification) for pairing order and would affect prize eligibility—namely, eligibility for class prizes.
      • If an unrated player (that is, a player without an official rating) has an unofficial rating (because the player competed for the first time or completed only 3- games before ratings became official for the month in which the tournament will be run), then the player's most recent unofficial rating might be assigned to the player (without notification) to determine section eligibility and pairing order. That is, the unrated player might have to play up in a higher section or down in a lower section, based on the player's unofficial rating. The assigned rating would affect prize eligibility—namely, eligibility for class prizes
      • If a player is registered for a section for which the player is ineligible by rating, then the player will be moved (without notification) to the lowest section for which the player is eligible.
      • If a player is registered for a section for which the player is ineligible by grade, then MD Chess will take 1 of 2 steps—without notification.

Registering for the Tournament

Do Players Need to Bring Anything?

      • Players do not need to bring any equipment. MD Chess will provide all necessary supplies: boards, pieces, notation sheets (for recording moves), and pencils. (Players are encouraged to bring sharpened pencils with erasers, because MD Chess's pencils lack erasers and might have dull points.)
      • Players do not need to bring a clock; however, MD Chess encourages them to bring one. MD Chess recommends the DGT North American digital chess clock ($38). Players may not refuse to play with a clock, if either player brings a clock to the board, or if a tournament director (TD) puts a clock on a game. A game may be started without a clock, if neither player brings a clock to the board.
      • Which Electronic Devices (including Notation Devices) May a Player Bring to the Board?
      • Food (pizza, candy, soda, etc.) should be available for purchase at the tournament.

Playing at the Tournament

Results of the Tournament

MD Chess's PROVISIONAL Scholastic-Tournament Calendar 2019-2020

      • The tournament-announcement page of a tournament listed in MD Chess's PROVISIONAL Scholastic Tournament Calendar 2019-2020 might not yet appear at the top of MD Chess's home page, because that tournament is so many months in the future.
      • Nonetheless, one can access that tournament-announcement page by alternate means:
            • On the lower, left side of MD Chess's home page, click on MD Chess's calendar.
            • Click on By Month (at the top of the page) to display all tournaments within a month.
            • Click on All Categories (at the bottom of the page) to display all types of tournaments (major & minor scholastic tournaments, major & minor open tournaments)—as well as chess camps.
            • Navigate to specific tournaments.

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If the tournament were to be rescheduled or cancelled, then MD Chess would contact you (by email and/or text) and post an announcement at the top of this tournament-announcement page. The tournament will proceed as planned, if MD Chess neither contacts you, nor posts an announcement about a rescheduling or cancellation. Please do not contact MD Chess about a site's hypothetical closing because of dangerous weather, etc. A site closing would be announced separately by the public school's city or county administration, the private school, etc. If the tournament were to be rescheduled, then MD Chess would issue a refund, if a player were to withdraw from the rescheduled tournament. If the tournament were to be cancelled, then MD Chess would automatically issue a refund to all players within 1-2 weeks; there would be no need to inform MD Chess of a player's withdrawal from a cancelled tournament.

For more tournament information, email Maryland Chess at

Event Properties

Event Date 04-04-2020 9:30 am
Event End Date 04-04-2020 6:00 pm
Registration Start Date 02-24-2020 12:00 am
Capacity 324
Registered 11 [View List]
Available place 313
Cut off date 03-04-2020 11:00 pm
Individual Price $40.00
Late Fee $20.00 (From 04-03-2020 12:00 am 00:00)
Location Poly & Western High Schools
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