High School Championship: grades 9-12, 4SS, G/45, trophies to top 5 teams
High School Under 1000 (all players rated less than 1000) : grades 9-12, 4SS, G/30, trophies to top 3 teams
Middle School Championship: grades 6-8, 4SS, G/45, trophies to top 5 teams
Middle School Under 1000 (all players rated less than 1000): grades 6-8, 4SS, G/30, trophies to top 7 teams
Elementary School Championship: grades K-5, 4SS, G/30, trophies to top 7 teams
Elementary School Under 1000 (all players rated less than 1000): grades K-5 4SS, G/30, trophies to top 10 teams
Elementary School Under 500 (all players rated less than 500): grades K-5, 4SS, G/30, trophies to top 8 teams
This is a fixed roster team tournament with four player teams. Each round teams play a match against another team. Standings will be by board points. Board order on a team MUST be in order of USCF ratings, using the 2/2017 ratings supplement. Unrated players MUST play below all rated players. Teams from the same school will not be paired against each other, unless there is no other way to pair the score group.
A team consists of a maximum of 4 players and a minimum of 3 players (all missing boards will count as a loss each round). All players on a team must attend the same school in the same building with the same administration. There is no limit on the number of teams a school may field in a section. Home-schooled players who reside in a single school district may form a team. Alternatively, home-schooled players may play for teams from the public schools they opted out of attending. If a non-Title-1 school fields 4 or more teams, it may request a $10 discount per team at the tournament.
Team Entry Fees
$80 Early Registration, if received by 11:59 PM on 2/20 (EXTENDED)(online or mailed);
$100 Regular Registration, if received by 11:59 PM on 2/22 (online or mailed);
$120 Late Registration, if received by 12 PM on 2/24 (online only);
$160 At-The-Door Registration, 1/2 point bye likely in Round 1.
($20 off all team entrance fees for Title I schools)
Any at the door roster changes cost $10. All at-the-door registrations will receive 1st round ½ point bye. All online entries received before 7pm on 1/24 will be paired for the first round. Board order may not be changed after 8:30 AM on the day of the tournament
Rounds: 1st round for all the sections starts @ 9:30 sharp. Note that pairings will be made Friday night, so players should be ready to play at their 1st round start time. All sections could have a fifth round added, if the number of teams is high in the section.
Texted Pairings - We will be texting pairings directly to cell phones. Sign up to avoid the rush to find pairings.
Food will be available for purchase at the site.
Mail Entries to: MCA, 1827 Thornton Ridge Road, Towson MD 21204
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.