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6th Annual Mid-Atlantic Blitz K-12 Chess Championship
Saturday 08 June 2019, 09:30am - 01:15pm
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Open to all K-12 players from anywhere & their parents/guardians

Roland Park Elementary-Middle School
5207 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210

Skittles Rooms: Auditorium & Gym
Tournament Room: Cafeteria

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

MD Chess WILL PROVIDE PRE-SET CLOCKS FOR ALL PLAYERS. (Nonetheless, MD Chess recommends that all players who own digital clocks bring them as backups.)

SECTIONS
Section US-Chess
Regular Rating ***
(not Blitz Rating)
Grades Rounds Time Control Individual
Prizes
Team
Prizes
Championship 1000+ K-12 5DSS G3 +2 * **
Under 1000 100-999 or unrated K-12 5DSS G3 +2 * **
Parents any rating or unrated 13+ 5DSS G3 +2 ****  

 

SCHEDULE
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
Section
Round
1
Round
2
Round
3
Round
4
Round
5
Awards Ceremony
All Sections 9:30 10:15 11:00 11:45 12:30 1:15 — or sooner

 

LEGEND
#DSS # of double (D) rounds in which each player plays 2 games (1 as White, 1 as Black) 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
+# Added time: # of seconds of increment (+) added to a player's base time for each move
* Trophies: top ≈ 25% of players or players with ≈ ≥70% of available points (7+/10)
** Trophies: top ≈ 35% of teams or teams with ≈ ≥50% of available points (20+/40)—based on top (highest-finishing) 4 players
*** A player's Regular rating (rather than Blitz rating) determines section eligibility & pairing order. Because the vast majority of scholastic players compete in at most 1 US-Chess-rated Blitz tournament per year, if a scholastic player has a Blitz rating, then that Blitz rating is frequently incommensurate with the player's current general skill level—as determined by games at the vast majority of tournaments that affect the player's Regular rating, because those games are played with a slower time control (typically G25+ d5). Moreover, scholastic players who do not have a Blitz rating are much more likely to vary widely in their general skill levels than are scholastic players who do not have a Regular rating. So, where many players with a Regular rating of 1000+ do not yet have a Blitz rating (and thus are unrated Blitz players), extremely few players have a 1000+ Blitz rating but do not yet have a Regular rating (and thus are unrated Regular players).
**** If only 2 players compete in a Parents section, then only their 1st game will be submitted to US Chess for rating; all remaining games will be unrated. Why? If only 2 players compete in a section with multiple games, then the section must be submitted to US Chess for rating as a match that is a separate tournament from the scholastic tournament, rather than as a section that's part of the scholastic tournament—which would be too much administrative work.

 

The individual & team winners (or co-winners) of the Championship section will be the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Blitz Scholastic 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 View All Events at bottom 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).
      • $15—Tuesday, 2019.06.04, if completed by 11:59 PM (Early)
      • $30—Thursday, 2019.06.06, if completed by 11:59 PM (Regular)
      • $60—Saturday, 2019.06.08, if completed by 8 AM (Last-Minute: ½-point bye possible in Round 1)
      • $80—Saturday, 2019.06.08, 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 2019.??.?? ??:??—? 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 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 in order of rating strength.
      • 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. So, on the 1 hand, 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 400 section (which has a ceiling of 399), but the player's official rating is 400+, then the player may not play in the section—even if the player's unofficial rating is 399-. 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 the 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 400-799 section, even if the player's official rating is below the section's floor of 400, as long as the player's official rating is 355-399 and/or the player's unofficial rating is 355-799. 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. (Note that if a player uses the player's unofficial rating to qualify to play up in a section, then that unofficial rating will likely be assigned to the player for pairing order—without notification.)
      • 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 to determine section eligibility and pairing order—without notification. 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.
      • If a player is registered for a section for which the player is ineligible by rating, then the player will be moved to the lowest section for which the player is eligible—without notification.

Registering for the Tournament

Do Players Need to Bring Anything?

Playing at the Tournament

Results of the Tournament

MD Chess's PROVISIONAL Scholastic-Tournament Calendar 2018-2019

      • The tournament-announcement page of a tournament listed in MD Chess's PROVISIONAL Scholastic Tournament Calendar 2018-2019 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 & local scholastic tournaments, major & local 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.

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