ENTRY FEE: $30 (covers lunch & incidental expenses) (Pay on site, make checks payable to Florida League of Middle Schools)
LUNCH provided for all participants
Prizes sponsored by:
Many thanks to Chess House for sponsoring this event!
There are a variety of give-aways from ChessHouse.com (must attend in person to be eligible to receive one)
Frequently Asked Questions
What will the prizes for this tournament be?
Trophies will be awards to top finishers both individuals and teams.Students who participate will be eligible to win one of a variety of chess items from our generous tournament sponsor, www.ChessHouse.com. These items will not be based on placement in the tournament.
Can parents stay? Can parents leave?
There will be an area for parents to stay, and students are welcome to spend time with you between rounds. This is not required, and parents are welcome to leave during the event as well. The choice is yours!
Will there be a team element to this tournament, or will students play individually?
All students will be ranked individually. However, the four students from each school who score highest in the tournament will have their scores combined. The school swith the highest combined score of those four students will earn a team award.
How many games of chess will the students get to play, and how long will the games be?
Each student will get to play 5 rounds (games). The time controls for the games will be 25 minutes +5 second delay. This means that each player will have 25 minutes on their clock, and clocks will not start for 5 seconds each move. Generally, each game would last not more than 1 hour. (not all games will use chess timers)
What if I lose a game? Am I out of the tournament?
This chess tournament is NOT an ELIMINATION game! Win or Lose - you'll NOT be eliminated from the tournament, and you'll play all games (except for full point byes, see below.)
Remember - if you lose your games, next game you'll be facing others who also lost their previous game(s), so give your very best because you have every chance of winning the next game!
Can I leave before the tournament ends?
You can leave the tournament at any point if you should need to. This is called withdrawing from the tournament. Out of respect for others, please be sure to notify the tournament director BEFORE withdrawing.
What if there are an odd number of players?
Someone will get a full point for that round, aka a Free Win :) The chess pairing software will select who gets the full point based on very strict rules; it is always the player on the bottom of the list. The list order is based on how many points you have and what your rating is.
Are there any age limits for this tournament?
This tournament is open to any student in grades K-12, regardless of age.
Will students only play others in their same grade?
We will plan to have the following sections: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12. We may combine sections, depending on registration numbers.
Is there a cost to participate?
There is a nominal fee of $30 per participant, which helps cover the costs of providing lunch, etc. Please talk with your school about whether the school will be covering this cost for the participants.
Will this tournament be rated?
YES, the results from this tournament will be submitted to the NWSRS rating system.