The tournament will consist of a K-5 section and a K-12 section. There will be trophy prizes for both sections. The format of the tournament will be 5 Round Swiss – 15 minutes with 2 second increment. The tournament will be hosted on chess.com. You will need a chess.com account to play the tournament, and you must be a current USCF member.
Instructions on how to create chess.com account, register to compete in USCF online rated events, and linking your USCF profile to your chess.com username can be found on the tournament website.
Top 3 in each section will get trophies. Number of trophies given out may increase based on the number of participants.
Tournament results will be finalized after 1-2 weeks in order to give chess.com time to do a fair play analysis. If chess.com determines you have cheated then you will not be eligible for any prizes and your chess.com account might be closed. Chess.com’s decision is final.
Unfortunately due to the nature of virtual tournaments nothing can be done if you lose a match or face any other difficulties due to internet issues and other technical difficulties. Note: You will not be refunded for any loss due to technical difficulties.
Once you have registered and paid the registration fee of $15 please join the “Chess For Trees” club on chess.com. The club is private.
Note: Only people who have paid the registration fee will be admitted to the club.
On the day of the tournament sign into your chess.com account and go to https://www.chess.com/live and then on the tournaments tab you should see our tournament. Please join the tournament and wait for the rounds to start. The next round will start after all games are finished. The whole tournament will last for no more than 3-4 hours.
Please only join the tournament for your section, as if you fail to do this then you will end up playing the wrong section, and will not be counted for prizes
If you’re playing the K-12 section then join the May Rapid – K-12 tournament, and if you’re playing in the K-5 section join the May Rapid – K-5 tournament.
Both sections will start at 11 AM CST on 5/20.
Payment Information and Refund Policy
To pay for your tournament entry, please visit the event page. A payment link is located at the bottom. If the tournament is cancelled for any reason, all entries be refunded 100% . If you decide to withdraw your entry fee will be refunded as long as you contact the organizer by email no later than 5/18.