POSTPONED - Harmony Spring Scholastic Chess Tournament

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 8:30 AM - Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:00 PM
Rocks & Rooks
  • Harmony Science Academy - Cedar Park
  • 12200 Anderson Mill Rd
  • Austin, Texas

Postponed from March 28th, then May 16th. Rated Scholastic tournament for players rated U1300. No onsites. Read our Parental Expectations. May Supplement ratings will be used for pairing purposes and section placement. All players will be notified as soon as we have a firm date for the event. If you wish to withdraw, please contact the registrar.

USCF rated chess tournament in 7 RATED scholastic sections:K-3 U400, K-3 U700, K-5 U400, K-5 U700, K-5 U1000, *6-12* U1000, K-12 Any. All scholastic players rated 1300 and over must play in the Open section.

Basics

This is a Swiss-system tournament, so everyone plays all day—there is no “elimination.” Players must know how to play the game of chess! We follow USCF rules including: touch-move, mandatory clocks if available, and notation. K-3 and younger sections are excused from taking notation.

Eligibility

"Under" sections are only for students meeting the rating criteria. All players who are new to tournaments are eligible for their age appropriate under section. (Look up your player's rating here. Please email the registrar or ask your chess coach for placement information.
If your 6th grader attends an Elementary School, please contact the registrar for options.

With enough registrations, any section may be divided into two sections, or small similar sections may be combined.

This is a rated tournament. USCF memberships can be renewed/purchased at check-out.

Schedule

No check-in necessary for preregistrations. We will make every attempt to contact you in advance if we see a problem with your registration. Verify your entry ONLINE!
8:30 a.m Announcements begin in all scholastic playing rooms.
Players and coaches should be present.
9:00 a.m. Rd 1 begins. Scholastic sections have 5 rds, G/30, d5.
9:00 a.m. Open section begins.
Open has 4 rounds, all rounds are are G/45, d5.
9:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Problem desk open. No changes for round 1 (bye or section) allowed after online registration closes. Requests for byes, withdrawals, and player or school information edits go in effect immediately if made via email before the close of online registration. Changes requested onsite go into effect as of round 2. NO Onsite registrations.

Approximate Round Times

Scholastic Sections:
round 1 - 9:00am, rd 2 - 11:00am, rd 3 - 12:45 pm, rd 4 - 2:30 pm
rd 5 - 4:00 pm

Note

There will be some “down time” between rounds since many games will finish early. We will provide an area (outside the tournament room) for casual “skittles” chess and/or other indoor activities. Parents and/or coaches, please provide age-appropriate activities during the time between rounds. The organizers cannot baby-sit. No child should be left unattended!

Awards

Trophies & Medals to Top Contenders! Ribbons to all participants! Trophies to the top individuals in each scholastic section. Trophies to the top teams in all sections. Number of individual and team trophies will depend on number of entries. Chess medals will go to all players (excluding Open section) that finish the tournament with a positive score (3.0 & 3.5 points). Trophies to players scoring 4.0 and above. No teams in Open section, but special trophies will be awarded to the highest scoring Parent & Child teams.

Registration Information

Withdrawals are eligible for a refund (minus a $5 service fee). No refunds for USCF memberships after purchased from the USCF. NO email/phone entries.

Email Lori Balkum, registrar with other questions.

Organized by Rocks & Rooks: Gary Gaiffe, tournament organizer.