NC K-12 STATE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

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Official K-12 State Championship of North Carolina

March 11-13, 2022

Charlotte, NC

Over 150 Prizes and Awards

State Qualifier for Rockefeller, Barber and Denker National Invitational Tournaments

When:

Main Event - March 12-13, 2022

Blitz - Friday, March 11

Bughouse - Saturday, March 12

Where:

Hilton Charlotte University Place

8629 J M Keynes Drive

Charlotte, NC 28262

Hotel Rates

$109/Night - Free Internet, Parking

BOOKING LINK

Requirements:

  • Only scholastic (PK-12) players from North Carolina are permitted to play

  • All players must have “NC” listed as their state on their US Chess profile

  • US Chess Federation membership required - purchase or renew through the CCCSA and Save

Format:​​​

  • K-1 Section: 1 day, March 12 

  • All other sections: 2 days, March 12-13

 

Sections:

  • K-1 Championship

  • K-3 Championship

  • K-5 Championship

  • K-8 Under 1200

  • K-8 Championship

  • K-12 Under 1500

  • K-12 Championship

Number of Rounds and Time Controls:

K-1 Champ

6 rounds. G/25, increment/5

K-3 Champ, K-5 Champ, K-8 U1200

6 rounds. G/60, increment/5

 

K-8 Champ, K-12 U1500, K-12 Champ

5 rounds.  Rounds 1-3: G/75, increment/5. Rounds 4-5: G/90, increment/5.

 

Playing Schedule (EST):

​K-1 Champ

Saturday Only: Rounds 9:30am, 10:45am, 12:15pm, 1:30pm, 2:45pm, 4:00pm. K-1 Awards ceremony Saturday 5:15pm.

K-3 Champ, K-5 Champ, K-8 U1200

Saturday: 10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm.

Sunday: 9:30am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm. Awards ceremony Sunday 5:30pm.

K-8 Champ, K-12 U1500, K-12 Champ

Saturday: 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm.

Sunday: 10:00am, 2:00pm. Awards ceremony Sunday 5:30pm.

Byes:

You may request half point byes (maximum 2) at registration. Any changes once the tournament begins will count as 0-point byes.

Byes should only be requested for rounds that the student is unable to attend.

Prizes:

K-12 Championship

Trophies to top 10 players

Trophies to top 3 teams

1st Place qualifies to Denker Invitational Tournament (see regulations below)

 

K-12 Under 1500

Trophies to top 15 players

Trophies to top 3 teams

K-8 Championship

Trophies to top 15 players

Trophies to top 3 teams

1st Place qualifies to Barber Invitational Tournament (see regulations below)

 

K-8 Under 1200

Trophies to top 15 players

Trophies to top 3 teams

 

K-5

Trophies to top 20 players

Trophies to top 5 teams

1st Place qualifies to Rockefeller Invitational Tournament (see regulations below)

 

K-3

Trophies to top 20 players

Trophies to top 5 teams

 

K-1

Trophies to top 10 players

Medals to all players

Trophies to top 3 teams

 

Blitz

Trophies to top 10 players in each section (K-12, K-5)

Trophies to top 3 teams in each section

 

Bughouse

Trophies to top 5 teams

 

​All prizes must be claimed on-site. No mailed prizes.

Blitz Tournament:

  • Optional.  Additional entry fee and registration required.

  • Friday, March 11

  • Official NC K-12 Blitz championship offering state titles.

  • 4 double rounds, (8 games total)

  • Blitz time control: G/5 inc/0

  • In 2 sections: K-12 and K-5.

  • US Chess Blitz rated. USCF membership required.

  • USCF Regular ratings used for pairings and prizes.

  • Register online or on-site by Friday 5:30pm.

  • Rounds Friday 6pm then ASAP, tournament ends by 8pm.

  • Trophies to top 10 individuals and top 3 teams per section.

Bughouse Tournament:

  • Optional.  Additional entry fee and registration required.

  • Two-player team chess, must register as a team on-site.

  • Saturday, March 12

  • 4 double rounds, (8 games total)

  • Bughouse time control: G/5 inc/0

  • In 1 section (K-12)

  • No online registration for bughouse. Register on-site only, Saturday 4:30-6:15pm.

  • Rounds Saturday 6:30pm then ASAP, ends by 8:30pm.

  • Trophies to top 5 teams.

 

Entry Fees:

Main Event

$50.00 by February 15

$60.00 by March 1

$70.00 by March 8

$80.00 after March 8

$100 on-site, automatic first round bye.

Blitz

$25.00 by March 8

$35.00 after March 8 or on-site

Bughouse

$30.00/team, onsite registration only

K-1 re-entry to K-3

$20.00 online by March 8

$30 after March 8 or on-site (no re-entry after March 13, 9:30am)

K-1 players may re-enter into the K-3 on sunday with 1/3 of their score

Refunds: All withdrawals must be requested by March 10 and will incur a $5 transaction fee. No refunds after March 10.

ONLINE REGISTRATION AND ENTRY LISTS

Tournament Rules:

  • Masks are required for all.

  • This is an individual chess tournament – players are not required to be part of a school chess program or team to participate.

  • Players must attend school in North Carolina and have NC as their USCF state to be eligible to compete.

  • Standard US Chess pairings will be used.  Accelerated Pairings may be used at TD’s discretion.

  • Team awards – minimum 2 players from the same school in the same section.

  • Top 4 scores contribute to team scores.

  • Teammate pairings will be avoided but are possible, particularly in the last 2 rounds.

  • US Chess regular ratings used (March 2022 supplement). 

  • In some cases, the TD may assign a different rating, including FIDE ratings, US Chess Online ratings or unofficial “live” ratings for any player.

  • K-12 Champion (must be in High School) qualifies to 2022 Denker National Invitational tournament with NCCA travel stipend.

  • K-8 Champion (must be in Middle School) qualifies to 2022 Barber National Invitational tournament with NCCA travel stipend.

  • K-5 Champion qualifies to 2022 Rockefeller National Invitational tournament with NCCA travel stipend.

  • USCF standard tiebreaks are used for all prizes except for the national invitational spots.

  • Modified Median, Solkoff, Cumulative, Cumulative Opposition

  • Tiebreak playoff for national qualifiers: top 2 eligible players on tiebreaks. Pairs of G/3 +2” blitz games until there is a winner.​

This event is endorsed by the North Carolina Chess Association