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.)
Regular Rating ***
(not Blitz Rating)
||100-999 or unrated
||any rating or unrated
|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).
||1:15 — or sooner
||# 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)
||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
- 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 500 section (which has a ceiling of 499), but the player's official rating is 500+, then the player may not play in the 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 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 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.
Registering for the Tournament
Do Players Need to Bring Anything?
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.
- Notating (recording moves) is NOT required.
- 2 games per round against the same opponent, with players alternating colors. The player listed 1st in the pairings starts as White.
- Which Electronic Devices (including Notation Devices) May a Player Bring to the Board?
- Increment Time Control
- Tournament Announcements before Round 1
- US Chess's Official Rules of Chess, 6th Edition (2014)
- US Chess's Official Rules of Chess, 6th Edition (2014)—search for rules & terms in GoogleBooks
- US Chess's Official Rules of Chess, 7th Edition (2019) (AVAILABLE BY APRIL)
- US Chess's Official Rules of Chess, 7th Edition—search for rules & terms in the free download version 7.0 (2018) (comprised of only the 3 most consulted chapters)
- US Chess's Rulebook Changes (updated annually)
- US Chess's National Scholastic Chess Tournament Regulations 2018-2019 (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.)
- US Chess's Scholastic Blitz Rules (2018)
- US Chess's Scholastic Blitz Rules: MD Chess's Highlights (20??)
- 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 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.
Location Roland Park EMS