Mechanics' USCF Online rated Scholastic tournaments

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weekly on Sunday and Saturday, starting from Sunday, March 7, 2021, forever

Event Overview

USCF Online rated Scholastic tournaments in 2021 via chesskid.com

Recurring Weekend USCF Online Rated event

via ChessKid.com - Open for all scholastic players!

 

Information: https://www.milibrary.org/chess-tournaments/uscf-online-rated-scholastic-tournaments-2021-chesskidcom

Register: See links in the table below

 

1. Upcoming Schedule

Date Day Start time
(Pacific Time)
Time Control Important Information & Links
3/7 Sunday 3PM 6SS G/10+2 Register: https://mechanics-institute.jumbula.com/2021OnlineTournaments/ScholasticOnlineRatedTournamentMAR7SUN
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: https://www.chesskid.com/play/fastchess#t=381787
3/13 Saturday 3PM 6SS G/15+2 Register: https://mechanics-institute.jumbula.com/2021OnlineTournaments/ScholasticOnlineRatedTournamentMAR13SAT
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: https://www.chesskid.com/play/fastchess#t=381788
3/20 Saturday All day 5SS G/15+2
Live Broadcasting
Special Event: 2021 San Francisco Scholastic Championship
More information: https://www.milibrary.org/chess-tournaments/2021-san-francisco-scholastic-championship-online
FREE but registration is necessary.
3/28 Sunday 3PM 8SS G/5+2 Register: https://mechanics-institute.jumbula.com/2021OnlineTournaments/ScholasticOnlineRatedTournamentMAR28SUN
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: https://www.chesskid.com/play/fastchess#t=381789
4/3 Saturday 3PM 6SS G/10+2 Register: Coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon.
4/10-11 Saturday
&
Sunday
All day varies with section
Live Broadcasting
2021 US Junior Chess Congress Online
More information: https://www.milibrary.org/juniorchesscongress
Register: https://www.kingregistration.com/event/USJCC2021
4/18 Sunday 3PM 8SS G/5+2 Register: Coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon.
4/24 Saturday 3PM 6SS G/10+2 Register: Coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon.
5/2 Sunday 3PM 5SS G/15+2 Register: Coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon.
5/8 Saturday 3PM 4SS G/20+10
Live Broadcasting
More information: coming soon
Manually run tournament on Chess.com or ChessKid.com
Register: Coming soon
5/16 Sunday 3PM 8SS G/5+2 Register: Coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon.
5/22 Saturday 10AM 6SS G/10+2
Live Broadcasting
Special Memorial Day Scholastic Online Championship
Manually run tournament on Chess.com
More information coming soon.
5/30 Sunday 3PM 6SS G/10+2 Register: Coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon.
6/5 Saturday 3PM 4SS G/20+10
Live Broadcasting
More information: coming soon
Manually run tournament on Chess.com or ChessKid.com
Register: Coming soon
6/13 Sunday 3PM 8SS G/5+2 Register: Coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon.
6/19 Saturday 3PM 6SS G/10+2 Register: Coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon.
6/27 Sunday 3PM 5SS G/15+2 Register: Coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon.
7/3 Saturday 10AM 6SS G/10+2 Special 4th of July weekend Scholastic Online Championship
Manually run tournament on Chess.com
More information coming soon

 

2. Platform

3. Tournament format:

  • Tournament format: automatically paired Swiss.
  • Total Round: varies per event - usually minimum 4  -- maximum 8 - please see FAQ for explanation of round numbers.
  • Round times: no set round time - rounds are automatically paired and started once the previous one finished.
  • Time control: varies per event - please see FAQ for explanation of time control.
  • Games will be US Chess online rated - tournament will be submitted 4-10 days after the tournament to allow all games to be screened for fair play.
  • Sections: one Open section
  • Pairings are based on current (actual) ChessKid ratings at the time of the start of the tournament.

3.A. How to Play?

  • Welcome email is sent out before the tournament that explains all the details how to play in the tournament. Be sure to provide a correct email when registering for the event!
  • Players must be logged in to chesskid.com
  • Players may join the tournament 30 minutes before it begins by going to Play Vs Kid, the tournament will show up on the right side of the board.
  • Players MUST click the orange JOIN button of the tournament which should appear below on the right - this can not be done for them.
  • Players MUST be active on the tournament page in order for the system to pair them for the next round.
  • Welcome email will list a contact phone number that is available during the event in case any problem.
     

4. Byes

  • Since tournament is automatically run on ChessKid - no byes are possible.
     

5. Awards

  • Top 5 overall player
  • Top 3 under800*
  • Top 3 under400*
  • Top Girl

    * based on USCF Online (ONL) or regular (OTB) rating, whichever is the higher! **
    This is due to more and more kids starting to have online rating, and it reflects their true strength better, also encouraging players to participate in online events.
    We reserve the right to use TD discretion.
     
  • Award pick-up:
    Players who qualify for prizes may choose between getting a special medal via mail soon after the event, or picking up a trophy.
    We now offer curbside trophy pickup at prearranged time.
    To reserve your time to pick up, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/7CTFnNaBUt97uU7Y9
     

6. Registration

  • Special Mechanics' member / non-member pricing for the recurring weekly tournaments:
    • MI library member: $15
    • Non-MI library member: $25
       
  • Suggested registration deadline: 2 hours before the tournament - in order to give time for the organizers to forward Welcome email, and make sure that the ChessKid user name is in the correct online club. Any registration within 2 hours of the tournament start might result in missing the first round or the tournament. We will reschedule the registration in this case for an upcoming weekend.
  • $5 admin fee for all cancellations & refunds.

    Want to Join Mechanics' Institute?
  • It's worth getting the Mechanics' Institute Student membership: Only cost $65 - about 6 tournaments and the membership pays for itself!
    Join here: https://www.milibrary.org/join  
    Please make sure to put Chess as a referred by interest.
     

7. Eligibility

  • Players must have current US Chess Federation membership. Expiration date of their US Chess membership must be later than the last day of the tournament.
  • Not sure if you have a membership? Need to check the expiration date of your members? Visit: https://new.uschess.org/player-search
  • Become a member or renew your membership: https://new.uschess.org/player-search
  • Players must have a ChessKid.com account in good standing. Any previously closed account must be disclosed to the organizer by sending a confidential email to chessroom@milibrary.org.
  • First time playing in our tournaments?
    All players MUST be a part of Mechanics' Chess on chesskid.com.
    Please follow the step-by-step instructions on how to join us! If you still have problems, please email or message us and we'll help you!
    Chesskid.com is a safe, secure and fun platform for kids to learn and play chess, and participate in a wide variety of activities, including listening to lectures, doing puzzles, playing with their friends, and participating in online tournaments.
  • If you are new: click on this link: https://www.chesskid.com/register/kid/group/QCJJNH
  • If you already have an account: registration key:  QCJJNH
    • Log in to your own (kids) account & click the grey Settings icon next to the profile picture. **This needs to be done from a browser for access to this page.**
    • Scroll down on the right side, and just above the Save button Click “Do you have a Group Registration Key” displayed with yellow letters
    • Enter the 6 digit Registration Key: QCJJNH & click Save. You will be added to our Group.
  • If you already have an account - and you don't have a place to put the registration - need to make Mechanics' as secondary guardian
    • From your Parent account Home screen:
    • Click the "Kids" tab.
    • Select the "Edit Kid" option from the menu next to the kid account to which you'd like to add a guardian.
    • Click the "Edit Guardianship" option on the right side of the screen.
    • Enter 'chessroom@milibrary.org' & select "Add Guardian." This adds them as an additional Guardian; you remain the Primary Guardian of the account.

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8. Tournament rules

  • Standard US Chess rules apply, with special focus on the Chapter 10 Online Chess rules.
     

9. Fair play

  • Fair play screening: all games will be screened by both ChessKid.com, Mechanics' Institute Chess Club staff and if needed, by Dr. Kenneth W. Regan, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo.
  • US Chess online rated tournament - most USCF rules and consequences apply.
  • Players should not use any outside assistance: not have other browsers open and not be talking to other people during their games
  • Parents are strongly encouraged to monitor their kids' activity during the tournament to ensure fair play.
  • Players found or believed to be violating fair play are not eligible for a prize and their account will be removed from Mechanics' group.
  • Players who are confirmed to be using outside assistance will be reported to US Chess and restricted from future Mechanics' online and over-the-board events.
  • Parents - Please help us educate your child that IT'S SIMPLY NOT WORTH THE RISK!
  • The Organizer and/or the Chief Tournament Director can require players to play their games with a camera that records the player playing with a view to the screen. Players should be prepared to provide this precaution if asked to do so.
  • Award distributions and rating submission will take place AFTER all games have been screened.
  • For some helpful links regarding fair play, please check these out:
Address:

57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
United States

Sections:
Grand Prix Points:
Prize Fund: Trophies & Medals
FIDE Rated: No
Handicap Accessible: No
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: Yes

Organizer Overview

Mechanics' Institute Chess Club
Email: chessroom@milibrary.org
Phone: 408-772-9098

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