Cincinnati Scholastic Chess

Inviting you to enjoy the king of games in the Queen City

May Tournament

“Spring into Summer” Scholastic Tournament

Friday, May 29, 2020

Heritage Presbyterian Church, 6546 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, Ohio
(just across Tylersville Road from Mason Middle School)

Celebrate the end of the school year and jump start your summer with a pin, fork, checkmate and maybe a trophy or ice cream! This tournament is open to all students who will be in grades K–12 in 2020-21 and to 2020 graduates.

Sections and time controls: The following descriptions of the rated sections assume at least nine players in each section. If fewer than nine players enter any rated section, it will be played as quads or combined with another rated section.

  • Open: 4 rounds at G/40;d5 — rated, USCF membership required, notation required
  • U900: 5 rounds at G/30;d5 — rated, USCF membership required, notation required
  • U500: 5 rounds at G/30;d5 — rated, USCF membership required, notation not required, but players who do not record their games will be ineligible to make certain claims
  • Non-Rated: 5 rounds at G/30;d5 — not rated, USCF membership not required, notation not required, but players who do not record their games will be ineligible to make certain claims

Schedule: Doors will open at 8:00 am. Announcements will be made at 8:40 am. Round start times are shown below; the Open section and the Under sections will follow different schedules. The tournament will end at about 2:30 pm for the Under sections, and at about 3:30 pm for the Open section.

Round start times are as follows:

U900, U500, Non-Rated Sections (G/30;d5)

Round 1     9:00 am

Round 2    10:00 am

Round 3    11:00 am

Pizza lunch

Round 4    12:15 pm

Round 5    1:15 pm

Awards     2:15

Open Section (G/40;d5)

Round 1     9:00 am

Round 2    10:30 am

Pizza lunch

Round 3     12:15 pm

Round 4    1:45 pm

Awards     3:15

Byes: Players may elect to take one half-point for any round. To take a bye means to choose not to play a particular round and yet still score one-half point for that round, equivalent to playing a game and drawing. For example, a player who will arrive at the tournament late can take a first-round bye, and a player who needs to leave the tournament before it is over can take a last-round bye. Half-point byes are optional; most players do not take a bye.

USCF membership: A player must be a current member of the US Chess Federation (USCF) to play in any rated section. Memberships can be purchased or renewed as part of entering the tournament, or directly online at www.uschess.org (click on Join/Renew). Membership options are shown below.  USCF dues are not refundable.

Please note that a player who was assigned a USCF ID under the Junior Tournament Player Program (for example, in connection with playing in the Grade Level Championships section K, 1, 2 or 3) is not a USCF member, and must purchase a membership to play in a rated section. When purchasing a membership, the transaction should be treated as a “renewal” of the USCF ID assigned under the Junior Tournament Player Program. To find a player’s USCF ID, search on the US Chess Federation website by the player’s name here: http://www.uschess.org/datapage/player-search.php.

USCF membership is not required to play in the Non-Rated section; however, a player who has an official USCF rating (from having played four or more rated games) is not eligible to play in this section.

Membership options and dues for the different membership terms (1 year/2 years) are as follows:

Premium Young Adult: Must be 25 years old or under at expiration, 12 issues/year of Chess Life: $35/$65

Regular Young Adult: Must be 25 years old or under at expiration, online access to Chess Life: $26/$48

Premium Youth: Must be 16 years old or under at expiration, 6 issues/year of Chess Life: $30/$55

Regular Youth: Must be 16 years old or under at expiration, online access to Chess Life: $22/$40

Premium Scholastic: Must be 13 years old or under at expiration, 6 issues/year of Chess Life for Kids: $25/$45

Regular Scholastic: Must be 13 years old or under at expiration, online access to Chess Life for Kids: $17/$30

Prizes:

Trophies:

  • Open Section — 1st, 2nd, 3rd; under 1100 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • U900 Section — 1st, 2nd, 3rd; under 700 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • U500 Section — 1st, 2nd, 3rd; under 300 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • Non-Rated Section — 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Gift cards:  Four chess problems for each section will be on display. Players who successfully solve the problems for their section will be entered into a drawing for $5 gift cards. The number of gift cards available in each section will be in proportion to the number of players in that section. Players who win a trophy are not eligible to win a gift card also.

Lunch: The entry fee includes two slices of cheese pizza and a soda or bottle of water. To accommodate players with a larger appetite as well as any parents, siblings and friends who would like to join us for our pizza lunch, additional slices of pizza ($1.50/slice), whole pizzas (8 slices for $9.00) and sodas ($.50 each) can be ordered and pre-paid as part of entering the tournament. Families are also free to bring their own food and water bottles if they so choose.

Equipment: Boards, pieces and clocks will be provided, as will scoresheets; however, players are welcome to use their own scoresheets or scorebooks.

Entry: The entry fee for the tournament is $35, which includes two slices of pizza and a soda. Any USCF dues and extra pizza slices and sodas will be additional to this. Advance entry only; no onsite entry. The deadline to enter is Thursday, May 28. Online entries must be received by 9:00 am; entries mailed in must be received on or before May 28. Click here to enter online or to download a mail-in entry form. Click here to download a tournament flyer.

Questions: Direct any questions to Alan Hodge: call/text 513-600-9915, email a.hodge195@gmail.com.