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
||1st : $750 for
Free entries to MD Chess's 10+ annual open tournaments:
1st & K-3 Champion : 4, 2nd : 3, 3rd : 2, 4th : 1 (****)
1st team : top 4
|Under 600 K-5
|Under 600 K-3
|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.
||Round 1 begins for all sections. Parents & coaches return to the skittles room(s).
||5:00 — or sooner ***
||3:45 — or sooner ***
|Under 600 K-5
||3:30 — or sooner ***
|Under 600 K-3
||3:30 — or sooner ***
||# of rounds in which a player plays 1 game against an opponent determined by Swiss-system pairings (SS)
||Base time: # of minutes per game (G) each player has to complete all of the player's moves
||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 Individual Champion will receive the 2020 MD Chess Elementary-School Chess Champion Stipend of $750 to represent Maryland at the 2020 John D. Rockefeller III National Tournament of Elementary-School State Champions. The highest-finishing individual K-3 player (or players) in Championship K-5 will be the 2020 Maryland Primary-School (K-3) Chess Champion.
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
- Individuals (by registration date)—includes players registered currently (updated automatically)
Scroll down to the bottom of this page. Beneath Event Properties and across from Registered, click on View List. At the top of the page, enter into the Search bar the player's first or last name (but not both), or the purchaser's first or last name (but not both). Or, at the bottom of the page, change the # of players displayed to All and then sort by clicking on Registration Date, Player's Name, Purchaser's Name, Section, etc.
- The Wallcharts below include players registered by 2020.??.?? ??:??—? players:
- Individuals—by section with byes, expiration dates of US-Chess memberships, & flagged players
- Individuals—alphabetically with byes, expiration dates of US-Chess memberships, & flagged players
- Individuals—by section & hypothetically in tiebreak order
- Teams—by section & hypothetically in tiebreak order
- 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
- A player who forfeits a game for an illegitimate reason must pay a $20 fine before the player will be permitted to play in a future scholastic or open tournament organized by Maryland Chess or Baltimore Chess. Examples of an illegitimate forfeit include (but are not limited to) the following:
Why the $20 fine? Because the player will have been paired against an opponent who will have had to wait at the board for the player's base time (25-90 minutes) to expire, before having been declared a forfeit winner. See further :
- after Round 1 a player fails to withdraw from the tournament properly by notifying the BackRoom Tournament Director before the pairings for the next round have been posted.
- Players must notate (record moves)—unless they are in the lowest section, Under 600 K-3. All players in the lowest section are exempt from the notation requirement. Tournament directors (TDs) will enforce the notation requirement only after a player's complaint that the player's opponent is not notating. Click here to learn how to notate (record chess moves). Notation affords several benefits: it helps to resolve disputes, discourages cheating, & enables players to improve their skills through post-game analysis.
- Which Electronic Devices (including Notation Devices) May a Player Bring to the Board?
- Tournament Announcements before Round 1
- US Chess's Official Rules of Chess, 7th Edition (2019)
- US Chess's Official Rules of Chess, 7th Edition (2020) (Search for rules & terms in the free download version, comprised of only the most frequently consulted chapters.)
- US Chess's Rulebook Changes (updated annually)
- US Chess's National Scholastic Chess Tournament Regulations 2019-2020 (Note that these regulations apply only to the 7+ scholastic tournaments run by US Chess. They do not apply automatically to scholastic tournaments run by MD Chess and are listed here only for purposes of comparison with MD Chess's Scholastic Variations from US Chess's Rules.)
- MD Chess's Scholastic Variations from US Chess's Rules (2018.08.16)
- Even when More Than 1 Player in a Section Can Achieve a Perfect Score, There Will Be No Major Variations; However, There Might Be Minor Variations. The following might be changed for any section, according to the number of players in the section: whether there are natural pairings (the norm at a Swiss-system tournament) or accelerated pairings in Rounds 1-2, and the number of trophies. In the rare instance of an exceptionally low turnout in a section, it might be merged with another section.
- Procedures, Rules, and Etiquette for Players and Spectators at MD Chess's Scholastic Tournaments (some outdated)
- Players, parents, and coaches with questions, concerns, or complaints during the tournament should speak with a tournament director (TD) on the tournament floor or in the TD Room, a back room also known as Chess Control.
- Current Standings: Individuals & Teams (live results updated every 60 seconds)
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.