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Midlands Scholastic Chess League I
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 08:30am - 04:30pm

October 13 - Midlands Scholastic Chess League I

Time: Registration 9 to 9:45. Rounds at 10, 11:15, 1, and 2:15.
Site: North Trenholm Baptist Church, 6515 N. Trenholm Rd, Columbia, SC 29206

What is the format?
The format will be a 4 round Swiss System. That means that all players will play 4 games against players with a similar score. The time control is Game 30 with a 5 second delay. That means each side will have 30 minutes to complete all their moves. So long as the player moves within 5 seconds, no time will be subtracted.

Who will I compete against?
There are 3 Scholastic Sections - Elementary (K-5), Middle (K-8), and High School (K-12). Players are welcome to compete in an older section if they so choose. Teammates will not be paired if possible in the first three rounds, but they may be paired in the final round. There will also be an adult section open to all.

What are the prizes and how will ties be broken?
In the three scholastic sections, trophies will be awarded to the top 3 individuals and to the top team. We offer a medal for the best upset, top female performance (otherwise unplaced), youngest participant, and best first tournament. If multiple perfect scores occur in a section, first place will be decided by a blitz playoff. Otherwise, the primary tiebreaker is the cumulative score of the opposition. Following tiebreakers follow suggested USCF ordering. Cash prizes based on entries will be awarded in the adult section.

What must I bring?
While we provide some chess sets and chess clocks, we cannot provide sets and clocks for the entire tournament. If you or your club has a chess clock, please bring it. If not, players will be accomodated as best as possible at the tournament.

Do I have to be a USCF member to play? If so, how much is a membership?
US Chess Federation Membership is required; however, first time members receive FREE entry. A 1 year scholastic membership can be purchased on site or online for between $17 and $26 depending on age. Memberships allow players to achieve a chess rating through the USCF and entitile players to the USCF's magazine Chess Life or Chess Life for Kids.

How do teams work?
All players who report attending the same school during entry will be considered part of that school's team. We will allow players in the same school zone (e.g. Lexington Elementary, Middle, and High Schools) to compete as one team if they are playing in the same section. As much as possible, team members will not be paired against each other. The best three individual scores from each team will be summed to acquire the team score. While a larger team may have an advantage, smaller teams (even two-player teams) can certainly be succesful. A single player is not eligible for a team prize.

Sounds great! How do I register?
To register for the tournament, please complete the registration form at the Strategery Website - see "Register Here" button at bottom. You may pay online via the "Pay Now" button for $10 or at site for $15. If this is your first tournament, you MUST register at the site.

For more information, please visit see the Strategery Chess & Games website.