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Maryland Girls Chess Championship 2016
Saturday 07 May 2016, 10:00am - 05:00pm
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Originally scheduled for 2016.01.23, MD Girls 2016 has been RESCHEDULED for 2016.05.07 at the same site.

DO NOT RE-REGISTER for the rescheduled tournament, if you registered for the tournament on its originally scheduled date. All registrations for the tournament on its originally scheduled date will be valid on (will transfer to) the rescheduled date.

REGISTER for this tournament now ONLY if you are a NEW registrant who did not register for the tournament on its originally scheduled date.

A player's May rating will determine section eligibility.

Rockville Hilton
Roosevelt Room
1750 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

ONLY FOR GIRLS IN GRADES K-12 WHO ARE MD RESIDENTS or out-of-state residents enrolled in schools in MD

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

Round 1: 10 AM.  Subsequent rounds: as soon as possible.


US Chess Rating









K - 12


G/45 +30


1st : $500 for NGIT
1st & tied for 1st :

free Early entry to MD Open


Under 1000

100 - 999 or unrated

K - 12


G/45 d5



Under 500 K - 5

100 - 499 or unrated

K - 5


G/30 d5





  Top ≈ 25% of players, or players with ≈ 70% of available points (3.5+/5, 2.8+/4, or 2.1+/3)


  Top ≈ 40% of teams, or teams with ≈ 50% of available points (7.5+/15, 6+/12, or 4.5+/9—top 3 players)



 X = # of rounds in which a player plays 1 game against an opponent determined by Swiss-system pairings


 X = # of minutes per game each player has to complete all of the player's moves (a player's initial base time)


 X = # of seconds of delay that elapse before a player's base time begins to elapse when a player is on move


 X = # of seconds of increment added to a player's base time for each move


The individual & team winners (or co-winners) of the Championship section will be the 2016 Maryland Girls Chess Champion. The Individual Champion will receive the 2016 MCA Girls Chess Champion Stipend of up to $500 to represent Maryland at the 2016 National Girls Invitational Tournament. The individual winner (or co-winners) of the Championship section will receive free entry to the 62nd Annual Maryland Open on 2016.04.29 - 05.01.

Which Section is Right for Your Player?

      • 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 unofficial rating a few hours after the conclusion of every US-Chess-rated tournament in which a player competes. 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. Look up a player's official & unofficial US Chess ratings here.
      • Sections have a marginally flexible floor (at MCA scholastic tournaments), but an inflexible/hard ceiling (at all US-Chess-rated tournaments). If a player's official rating is below a section's floor, but the player's official rating is only ≤ 50 points below the floor and/or the player's unofficial rating is ≤ 50 points below, equal to, or any number of points above the floor, then the player may play up in that higher section—unless MCA's Scholastic Director and/or the Chief Tournament Director decide it's not in the tournament's best interests. (If a player uses the player's unoffical rating to qualify to play up in a section, then the player might be assigned that unofficial rating for pairing purposes.) However, if a player's unofficial rating is below a section's ceiling, but the player's official rating is above that ceiling, then the player may NOT play down in that section.
      • If a player is registered for a section for which the player is ineligible by rating, then MCA (without notification) will move the player 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 MCA will take 1 of 2 steps. If MCA thinks a player has been registered intentionally so as to play up or down in a grade-inappropriate section (in the hope of either stronger or weaker competition), then (without notification) MCA will move the player to a grade-appropriate section. (MCA might also impose punitive measures.) Conversely, if MCA thinks a player has been registered accidentally with a discrepancy that, given the player's designated grade, renders the player ineligible for the player's selected section, then (without notification) MCA will pair the player in a section according to whichever is higher: the designated grade or the selected section. For example, a player designated as a 3rd grader but registered in a HS-&-MS or 9th-grade section, will remain in the HS-&-MS or 9th-grade section; conversely, a player designated as a 9th grader but registered in an ES or 3rd-grade section, will be moved to a HS-&-MS or 9th-grade section. Why? Because MCA considers it wiser to err on the side of accidentally letting a player in a low grade play against players in a higher grade or grades, than of accidentally letting a player in a high grade play against players in a lower grade or grades. To prevent your player from being paired in an incorrect section (by grade) because of a registration error, please review both the registration-confirmation email MCA sent you & the Wallcharts below. Send corrections to MCA at

For more information about MCA tournaments, contact MCA at

Registered Players & Wallcharts

Tournament Registration Fee

      • Registration will open 1 month before the tournament. Click on Register Now! at the bottom of this page.
      • $20—if completed by 11:59 PM, Tuesday, 2016.05.03 (Early)
      • $40—if completed by 7 PM, Thursday, 2016.05.05 (Regular)
      • $60—if completed by 5 AM, Saturday, 2016.05.07 (Last-Minute; ½-point bye possible in Round 1)
      • $80—9 - 9:30 AM, Saturday, 2016.05.07 (At-the-Door: if space is available; ½-point bye likely in Round 1)

US Chess Membership

      • Players must have a current US Chess membership at US-Chess-rated tournaments; MCA tournaments are US-Chess-rated.
      • Players without a current US Chess membership are ineligible to play and will not be paired. They will receive a half-point bye in Round 1 and 0-point byes in subsequent rounds, until they purchase a new US Chess membership or renew an expired one. Half-point and 0-point byes reduce a player's ability to win an individual trophy and a school's ability to win a team trophy.
      • A US Chess membership can be purchased with registration for the tournament. For Registration Type select the 2nd option: Tournament Registration & US Chess Membership (new or renewal).

Which Players Are Required to Record Their Games?

      • Players in grades 4 - 12 must record (notate) their games, unless they are unable to. K - 3 players in all sections are exempt from the recording requirement.
      • Recording affords several benefits:
            • it helps to resolve disputes;
            • it discourages cheating;
            • it enables players to improve their skills through post-game analysis.

Do Players Need to Bring Anything?

      • Players do NOT need to bring any equipment. MCA will provide all necessary supplies: boards, pieces, scoresheets (for recording), and pencils. (MCA’s pencils might be dull and do not have erasers. If you want a sharp pencil with a good eraser, then bring your own.)
      • Players do NOT need to bring a clock; however, we encourage them to bring one. A game may be started without a clock, if neither player brings a clock to the board. Clocks can be purchased at the tournament.
      • Food (pizza, candy, soda, etc.) will not be available for purchase at the tournament, but there are several nearby restaurants.

How to Register Online for an MCA Scholastic Tournament

Which US Chess Rating Determines the Section(s) in which a Player May or Must Play?

MCA’s Scholastic Team Policy (exception: the team score is the combined score of the top 3 players)

MCA’s Scholastic Bye Policy

MCA's Refund Policy & Fees for Registration Changes

Tournament Announcements before Round 1 & Section Schedules

Procedures, Rules, and Etiquette for Players and Spectators at an MCA Scholastic Tournament

Increment Time Control

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 a section having an exceptionally low turnout, it might be merged with another section.

Tournament Results

How MCA Determines the Individual Winner of a Section when There’s a Tie for First Place

How to Find a Player’s New Unpublished/Unofficial US Chess Rating after an MCA Scholastic Tournament

MCA's Social-Media Profiles

If MCA's Photographer takes photos of players at the board & in the Skittles Room, then they will be available for purchase at the MCA Photographer's website.

For more information about the tournament, contact the Maryland Chess Association at

Location Rockville Hilton Hotel