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3rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Junior Chess Championship: Herschel Mednick Memorial
Saturday 08 April 2017, 09:30am - 05:00pm
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Open to all K - 12 players from anywhere.

Perry Hall Middle School
4300 Ebenezer Road
Baltimore, MD 21236

Skittles Room: Auditorium
Tournament Room: Cafeteria

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

Section

US-Chess Rating

Grades

Rounds

1 Time Control

(Sudden-Death)

Individual
Prizes

Team
Prizes

Championship

1600+

K-12

3-SS

G/45 +30

*

Top Under 1800

1st & tied for 1st
Maryland resident :
free Early entry to
Maryland Open

&

Washington
International

**

Junior Varsity

1200-1599

K-12

4-SS

G/30 +30

*
Top Under 1400

**

Advanced

800-1199 or

strong unrated HSers

K-12

4-SS

G/55 d5

*
Top Under 1000

**

Intermediate HS & MS

under 800 or unrated

6-12

5-SS

G/40 d5

*
Top Under 600

**

Intermediate ES

400-799

K-5

5-SS

G/30 d5

*
Top Under 600

**

Novice ES

under 400 or unrated

K-5

5-SS

G/25 d5

*
Top Under 200

**

 

Rounds Schedule (Round 1 for all sections: 9:30 AM)

 

9:30

10:30

10:45

11

11:30

11:45

12

12:30

1:15

1:30

2

2:30

3:30

3:45

4:15

5

5:30

6:30

Championship

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

AC

Junior Varsity

1

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

4

 

 

AC

Advanced

1

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

4

 

 

 

AC

 

Intermediate HS & MS

1

 

 

2

 

 

 

3

 

 

4

 

5

 

 

AC

 

 

Intermediate ES

1

 

2

 

 

 

3

 

4

 

 

5

 

AC

 

 

 

 

Novice ES

1

2

 

 

3

 

 

4

 

5

 

AC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#-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

+#

added time: # of seconds of increment (+) added to a player's base time for each move

AC

Awards Ceremony (sooner, if possible)

*

Trophies: top ≈ 25% of players or players with ≈ 70% of available points (3.5+/5, 2.8+/4, 1.4+/2)

Top Under X

Trophy: top player with a published rating under X who does not earn a place trophy (1st, 2nd, etc.)

(Unrated players are ineligible for class prizes.)

**

Trophies: top ≈ 40% of teams or teams with ≈ 50% of available points (10+/20, 8+/16, 6+/12)—b/o top 4 players

 

The individual & team winners (or co-winners) of the Championship section will be the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Junior Chess Champion. In the Championship section the highest-finishing Maryland resident (or co-highest-finishing Maryland residents) (or out-of-state resident[s] enrolled in a school in Maryland) will be the 2017 Maryland Junior Chess Champion & will receive free Early entry to the 63rd Annual (2017) Maryland Open & 6th Annual (2017) Washington International.

Tournament-Registration Fee (+ extra fee for 1-year US-Chess membership, if not current)

      • Register Now! at the bottom of this page, starting 1 month before the tournament
      • $20—Tuesday, 2017.04.04, if completed by 11:59 PM (Early)
      • $40—Thursday, 2017.04.06, if completed by 11:59 PM (Regular)
      • $60—Saturday, 2017.04.08, if completed by 5 AM (Last-Minute: ½-point bye possible in Round 1)
      • $80—Saturday, 2017.04.08, 8 - 9 AM (At-the-Door: if space is available; ½-point bye likely in Round 1)

Registered Players & Wallcharts

      • Individuals (Attendees)includes players registered currently (updated automatically)
        After clicking on the link above, click on Attendees beneath a specific scholastic tournament. 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 ; sort by clicking on Player's Name, Purchaser's Name, etc.
      • Individuals (alphabetically)includes players registered by 2017.04.07 18:08—97 players
      • Individuals (by section)includes players registered by the date & time above
      • Teams (by section)includes players registered by the date & time above

US-Chess Membership

      • To compete in this US-Chess-rated tournament, a player must have a current (not yet expired) US-Chess membership.
      • If a player has ever been a US-Chess member, then the player has a permanent US-Chess ID #. The player's US-Chess ID # and membership expiration date must be entered during tournament registration.
      • If a player needs to renew an expired US-Chess membership or purchase a new membership (if the player has never been a US-Chess member), then select the 2nd type of Registration Type during tournament registration: Tournament Registration & US-Chess Membership (new or renewal). (Note that MCA might not process US-Chess membership purchases until the day of the tournament.)
      • During a tournament a player without 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 new US-Chess membership or renews an expired one, by filling out MCA's US-Chess-membership form in the Tournament Directors' room. A 0-point bye reduces a player's ability to win an individual trophy and a school's ability to win a team trophy.

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. Click here for a player's official & unofficial US-Chess ratings.
      • 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 unofficial 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 (without notification) MCA 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.

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 might be available for purchase at the tournament.
      • Food (pizza, candy, soda, etc.) can be purchased at the tournament.

MCA's PROVISIONAL Scholastic-Tournament Calendar 2016-2017

      • The tournament-announcement page of a tournament listed in MCA's PROVISIONAL Scholastic-Tournament Calendar 2016-2017 might not yet appear at the top of MCA'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 MCA's home page, click on MCA'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 & local scholastic tournaments, major & local open tournaments)—as well as chess camps.
            • Locate & click on the desired tournament.

Registering for the Tournament

Playing at the Tournament

Results of the Tournament

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If the tournament were to be rescheduled or cancelled, then MCA 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 MCA neither contacts you, nor posts an announcement about a rescheduling or cancellation. Please do not contact MCA about a site's hypothetical closing because of bad 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 MCA would issue a refund, if a player were to withdraw from the rescheduled tournament. If the tournament were to be cancelled, then MCA would automatically issue a refund to all players within 1-2 weeks; there would be no need to inform MCA of a player's withdrawal from a cancelled tournament.

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