This tournament is only open to players who live or attend school in Maryland.
This tournament has four different sections for players depending on their age and skill. Participants play only against opponents in their own section. The tournament begins at 9:20am for all sections.
Players in the championship sections will play four rounds at 9:30am, 11:45am, 2:00pm, and 4:15pm, with an awards ceremony starting at approximately 6:30pm. The time control is game in 60 minutes with a 5 second delay.
Players in the "under" sections will play five rounds at 9:30am, 10:40am, 11:45am, 12:50pm, and 2:00pm, with an awards ceremony starting at approximately 3:00pm. The time control is game in 25 minutes with a 5 second delay. These are strongly recommended for players in their first in-person tournament.
* All sections are non-elimination, and all players participate in all rounds
* This tournament is US Chess rated! If you have a US Chess ID# and membership, please include it. If you don't have one, we will purchase it for you ($17 value!). If you're not sure what your ID# is you can look it up here
* Trophies to the top players and teams in each section
Elementary School Championship
The official Maryland State Elementary School Championship! The winner (by tiebreak*, if necessary) qualifies for the Rockefeller National Tournament of Elementary School State Champions. Players must be in grades 4 or 5 and rated at least 750 to participate, unless they have requested permission to play up, which you can ask for here.
Elementary School U-800
For players who are in grades 4 or 5 rated under 800 or who are unrated.
Primary School Championship
The official Maryland State Primary School Championship! Players must be in grades K-3 and rated at least 550 to participate, unless they have requested permission to play up, which you can ask for here.
Primary School U-600
For players who are in grades K-3 rated under 600 or who are unrated.
Online registration is $50 before 9:30am on Monday, 4/10. From then until Friday 4/14 at noon online registration is $65. From noon on Friday until 8:30am on the day of the tournament, registration is $80. After 8:30am it is $90, and players registering after 8:30am will not play the first round, and will receive a first round bye. Chess sets are provided, but bring a clock if you have one.
* Tiebreak order: Modified Median, Solkoff, Cumulative, & Cumulative of Opposition.