Chess Frequently Asked Questions

The chess season will include four qualifying tournaments, culminating with a championship.  Dates include:

December 9, 2017 - St Peter-Kirkwood

January 20, 2018 - St Margaret Mary Alacoque

February 17, 2018 - Ursuline Academy

March 10, 2018 - Vianney HS

March 24th - CBC (Finals) 

How the days run:
8:00-8:45         Registration
8:45-9:15         Game pairings
9:30-2:30         Play
3:00                 Awards

  • Each player is required to have a supervising adult on the location of the event at all times. Parents often coordinate with other families to make the day a bit more manageable. 
  • Each player will compete in four matches. Games are 30 minute (one hour total) with approximately 30 minutes between matches. Players are allowed to bring a clock to play, however clocks are not required. Should a game run 50 minutes, the players will be given clocks with 5 minutes on them to complete the game. Per chess rules, at that point, you can win by mate or by your opponent running out of time.  
  • Between matches, players have down time. Bring plenty of things to do: homework, books, iPads/tablets (with chargers), outdoor sports equipment. Availability of space is varied by the hosting school, so be prepared for anything. 
  • Consider bringing folding chairs to sit in as hosting schools do not always have enough seating for parents. 
  • Bring snacks and lunch. Many locations will have a concession stand set and some order pizza for lunch. Parents can also go pick up lunch or have food delivered.
  • Players do not need to bring their own boards.

Scoring Chess
  • Players are paired by their USCF ratings. This makes play more enjoyable for everyone.
  • Each win is 1 point, a loss is zero points and a tie is 1/2. A tie occurs with a stalemate.
  • Tie breaks are calculated through a complicated computer program that takes into account the USCF ratings of the players (did the player beat a more skilled player vs. lose to a less skilled player).
  • Awards are given to the top 10 players in each age division: K-2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8.
  • Team awards are also calculated.