Information for the 2021 National Online Scholastic Championships

This is a general information page for the 2021 National Online Scholastic Championship. Below are informational videos on how to register for the event, how to deal with the web interface, and how to become a member of US Chess, among other important topics. Please check back with this page for updates as the tournaments approach.

To register and to check advanced entries, please click on the links below.

Qualifying Weekend 1 (April 24-25)

Qualifying Weekend 2 (May 8-9)

Championship Weekend (June 12-13) Information will be posted soon

Tournament rules for all NOSC events

US Chess Online Events Technical Guide for use during events hosted by the Internet Chess Club

Event FAQs

Tournament Information Contact: nationalevents@uschess.org. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE! Email is the fastest way to get a response.


 Past Informational Email Blasts

04.14.2021: Fair Play

National Online Scholastic Championship

Fair Play Information 

US Chess takes fair play and the integrity of competition very seriously. All games will be monitored during the event both by live TDs, ICC staff, and state of the art technology. Any anomalies will be thoroughly investigated. No outside assistance of any kind is allowed. Outside assistance includes, but is not limited to the following:

●       Help from another person - including parents, coaches, etc.

●       Assistance from any sort of chess playing program, bot, or engine

●       Assistance from a book or any written material 

No tournament result is final until every game from the event has undergone a vigorous post-event review. This review can take up to 3 weeks to complete. Any results posted either by US Chess or the Internet Chess Club are tentative until they have been certified by the review team. Once certification is complete, an announcement will be posted on USChess.org with final standings. 

Have a concern? Here’s how to report it: 

First: finish your game. Do not let a concern about a fair play violation impact your play. If it’s happening - we will catch it. 

Second: communicate with your section TD in Slack. Join the Slack support channel, which will be staffed with official US Chess TDs. Find your section channel and ask a TD for help. Do not post accusations in the main channel. Wait for a director to assist you. Chat abuse or spam may result in removal from the event at the director’s discretion. Here are some examples of how to ask for a TD: 

●       “I need help in the K-9 Section.”

●       “Can I speak to a Tournament Director?” 

A director will then bring you into a chat and assist you. 

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the official rules for the event, as established by the US Chess Scholastic Council, as well as the technical guide for the event. 

In addition, please remember the following provisions: 

●      Cameras will NOT be required for the qualifying stages. This is intended to remove as many barriers to participation as possible.

●      The chief tournament director's decisions about forfeiture from the event will be final.

●      The ICC fair play algorithm, endorsed by the US Chess Executive Board and Ratings Committee, will be in use for all games.

●      Fair play violations will be subject to the same disciplinary process in this event as a cheating violation at a US Chess over-the-board event.

●      Any section affected by a fair play violation will have individual and team standings adjusted using US Chess Rule 28I2. 

Summary: Play fair, have fun, and we will “see” you April 24th! 

Help requests: nationalevents@uschess.org

Event hashtag: #NOSCC

04.09.2021

National Online Scholastic Championship

Important Updates!

The second early registration deadline for Qualification Weekend 1 ends TONIGHT, April 9th, at 11:59pm CT.

Players who registered before the first pre-entry deadline (April 2nd) should now have their login credentials along with playing instructions. This email was sent by the Internet Chess Club earlier this week to the email address you used when you registered. If you do not have it, please check your junk/spam folders. If you are unable to locate it, contact nationalevents@uschess.org. 

PLEASE - Test your login credentials in advance, to ensure you are able to log in successfully.

Important Information for Registered Players:

Did you know you can check the status of your entry and view the other players pre-registered to compete in your section? It’s easy! Navigate to the tournament website and select Advance Entries from the menu in the upper left. 

On the Advance Entries page, you can search by section, grade, last name, or state. If you see your name there - and all details look correct - you’re good to go! If you see anything that needs to be corrected, please email nationalevents@uschess.org with your name, section, and requested change. DON’T WAIT - change requests after April 16th are $30 each!

If you haven’t signed up yet, it is not too late to register for the National Online Scholastic Championship (NOSC), Qualification Weekend 1. The NOSC is a replacement event for the recently canceled SuperNationals VII. Registration for weekend 1 is open until April 16th.

The first weekend qualifies players to the championship in the following sections:

●       K-9

●       K-12

Sign up today to take advantage of the early entry fee rate!

If you are in grades K-6, you can also play on Qualification Weekend 2, for elementary-age players only! You can find out more about Qualification Weekend 2 here. The first early entry deadline for the K-1, K3, K-5, and K-6 sections is April 16th.

Participants for both weekends are also advised to watch our instructional videos on how to register, sign in, and play in the tournament.

Help requests: nationalevents@uschess.org

Event hashtag: #NOSCC

04.07.2021

National Online Scholastic Championship

 Important Updates!

 

Important Information for Registered Players:

Did you know you can check the status of your entry and view the other players pre-registered to compete in your section? It’s easy! Navigate to the tournament website and select Advance Entries from the menu in the upper left. There, you can search by section, grade, last name, or state. If you see your name there - and all details look correct - you’re good to go!

If you haven’t signed up yet, it is not too late to register for the National Online Scholastic Championship (NOSC), Qualification Weekend 1. The NOSC is a replacement event for the recently canceled SuperNationals VII. The second early registration deadline for Qualification Weekend 1 ends Friday, April 9th, at 11:59pm CT.

The first weekend qualifies players to the championship in the following sections:

-K-9
-K-12

 

Login credentials - including both a special single-use username and password - will be coming soon for players who have already signed up. This information will be sent directly to the email address you listed at registration. Save this email! You will use the provided username and password to play in the event - no other username will work for the tournament. It is also recommended to log in before the tournament date to make sure everything is working properly.

Already registered? Keep an eye out for your login credentials!

Sign up today to take advantage of the earliest entry fee rate!

If you are in grades K-6, you can also play on Qualification Weekend 2, for elementary-age players only!  You can find out more about Qualification Weekend 2 here.

Need help registering? Watch our step-by-step videos!

US Chess created detailed instructional video guides to make every step of the registration process as easy as can be. Click here for the videos. Topics include:

-How to register
-How to become a US Chess member (required for participation)
-Logging in to the game server
-How to play a game in the NOSC

Help requests: nationalevents@uschess.org

Event hashtag: #NOSCC

04.02.2021

National Online Scholastic Championship

 Early Registration Ends Tonight!

The first early registration deadline ends tonight for the National Online Scholastic Championship (NOSC), Qualification Weekend 1. The NOSC is a replacement event for the recently canceled SuperNationals VII.

The first weekend qualifies players to the championship in the following sections:

●       K-9

●       K-12

Already registered? Make sure your email address is on file!

Special usernames and passwords will be provided for use during the event. These credentials will be provided to you via email. Email is a required field on the registration form. If you omitted your email, or are worried you might have, please check this list of players whose email addresses are missing as of today’s deadline.

Sign up today to take advantage of the earliest entry fee rate!

If you are in grades K-6, you can also play on Qualification Weekend 2, for elementary-age players only!  You can find out more about Qualification Weekend 2 here.

Need help registering? Watch our step-by-step videos!

US Chess created detailed instructional video guides to make every step of the registration process as easy as can be. Click here for the videos. Topics include:

●       How to register

●       How to become a US Chess member (required for participation)

●       Logging in to the game server

●       How to play a game in the NOSC

 

Special usernames and passwords will be provided for use during the event. These credentials will be provided to you via email. Email is a required field on the registration form. If you omitted your email, or are worried you might have, please check this list of players whose email addresses are missing as of today’s deadline. 

Help requests: nationalevents@uschess.org

Event hashtag: #NOSCC

Already registered? Make sure your email address is on file!

Special usernames and passwords will be provided for use during the event. These credentials will be provided to you via email. Email is a required field on the registration form. If you omitted your email, or are worried you might have, please check this list of players whose email addresses are missing as of today’s deadline.

03.19.2021

The 2021 National Online Scholastic Championships are OPEN FOR ENTRIES!

 

US Chess is proud to announce, in partnership with the Internet Chess Club (ICC), the 2021 National Online Scholastic Championships (NOSC)!  The NOSC is intended as a replacement for the cancelled SuperNationals VII.  This event will be formatted a bit differently than the over-the-board Spring Nationals.

 

The NOSC will declare national individual champions in six different divisions:  K-12, K-9, K-6, K-5, K-3, and K-1.  There will not be “under” sections.  However, as you will see on the tournament websites, the top 15% of players in each division will receive awards!  Also, there will be LOTS of class prizes for lower-rated players!

 

This event will take place online over three different weekends.  The first two weekends are called “Qualification Weekends”.  These will determine who advances to the third and final weekend, called “Championship Weekend”. 

 

Qualification Weekend 1 will be for players in the K-12 and K-9 divisions.  It is scheduled for April 24-25.  The final deadline for Weekend 1 entries is 11:59pm Central time, Friday, April 16.  The website for Qualification Weekend 1 is at http://www.uschess.org/tournaments/2021/noscw1.

 

Qualification Weekend 2 will be for players in the K-6, K-5, K-3, and K-1 divisions.  It is scheduled for May 8-9.  The final deadline for Weekend 2 entries is 11:59pm Central time, Friday, April 30.  The website for Qualification Weekend 2 is at http://www.uschess.org/tournaments/2021/noscw2.

 

Championship Weekend will be for the top finishers in each division.  It is scheduled for June 12-13.  There will be no entry fee for Championship Weekend.  Additional details for Championship Weekend are being developed and will be publicized shortly.

 

The Qualification Weekends will not require cameras for players, as the fields will be too large to manage that many camera feeds simultaneously.  Those who qualify for Championship Weekend WILL be required to have cameras available.  The ICC fair play algorithm, endorsed by US Chess, will be used to make decisions about potential cheating violations in all three NOSC weekends.

 

There will be team prizes in both Qualification Weekends.  There will NOT be official national team champions declared in the Qualification Weekends since there will be no cameras.  There will be NO team competition involved in Championship Weekend – just the individual national championships.

 

All three NOSC weekends will be online rated by US Chess.  There will be some special rules in place.  They are detailed on the tournament websites linked above at http://www.uschess.org/tournaments/2020/k12onl/.  Please note the ICC terms and conditions for the event.  You and your parents need to read these terms before entering. 

 

Special rules for the NOSC have been written by the US Chess Scholastic Council and approved by the US Chess Executive Board.  Please check the tournament websites for the rules, as well as a link to the current Scholastic Regulations.  When you enter the tournament, you agree to follow the US Chess event rules and ICC rules of play – so be sure to read and understand them!

Entrants will be assigned a username and password for this event.  You will be required to use this exact username and password to play your tournament games.  Your username will be

 

For players in grades K-6:  You can play BOTH Qualification Weekends if you like!  You will need to go to each weekend’s website and register separately.  You will be issued a unique username and password for each weekend.  Also, if you do qualify for Championship Weekend in two different divisions (say, K-9 and K-6), you will automatically be entered in the lower division by grade.

 

Do not use another browser window, another device, or help from a parent/coach/friend.  You do not want the trouble that will cause you.  The simplest way to avoid any problems is to make sure you, and you alone, are making your own moves.  Just play honestly, as hard and as well as you can! 

 

ICC will be providing a special web-based interface to participate in this event.  You will not need to download any client or additional software to participate beyond just your normal web browser!  You will need to compete from a standard desktop or laptop computer – no tablet or smartphone will be permitted.  Additional information on the special ICC interface, as well as appropriate link for your weekend, will be provided online shortly. 

 

US Chess and ICC are developing instructional videos to help with all aspects of registering for the NOSC, how to use the ICC web interface, and how to join US Chess.  These videos should be available online by early next week

 

Additional details, such as how to communicate with tournament directors and details about possible warm-up events, will be available at the tournament website as soon as they are finalized. 

 

For more information, registration, list of pre-registrations, and prizes, please see the website for Qualification Weekend 1 (K-12 and K-9) at http://www.uschess.org/tournaments/2021/noscw1, or the website for Qualification Weekend 2 (K-6, K-5, K-3, and K-1) at http://www.uschess.org/tournaments/2021/noscw2.

 

IMPORTANT:  Registration for the NOSC will be online only!  No mail-in or phone registration will be accepted.  You must enter through the website for the appropriate Qualification Weekend.

 

If you have additional questions after reviewing the websites, please email nationalevents@uschess.org.  Your question will be promptly answered.  Please note, you will need to have a US Chess membership that is current through the end of the NOSC to participate.  If you need to renew (or purchase) a membership, please visit our membership webstore at https://new.uschess.org/join-us-chess.

 

Sign up today, and take advantage of the lowest entry fees for the Qualification Weekends!  We will “see” you in April and May for the 2021 National Online Scholastic Championships!


Videos for players and parents:

Registering for the NOSC and other key information

 

Becoming a US Chess member

 

Logging into the Play Page

 

How to Play Games at the NOSC

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