Come play in Chess Jam, which includes the....
Ferndale Elementary Schools Chess Championships 2020
Saturday, April 18, 2020
at Ferndale High School
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Come PLAY at the Ferndale Elementary Schools Chess Championships, a tournament and playday for young Ferndale chessplayers of all abilities, from beginner to experienced, kindergarten through 5th grade. Don't know how to play? Learn how and join us!
Awards/Titles will be granted to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each grade, among K-5th grade students residing in Ferndale or attending Ferndale schools (Beach, Cascadia, Central, Custer, Eagleridge, Lummi, Skyline). This is in addition to the Chess Jam awards given.
The Ferndale Championships takes place as part of Chess Jam, a regional tournament which includes young chessplayers from all around Whatcom County and beyond, and has a division for 6th-12th grade players also.
State Qualifier Tournament! Kindergarten through 5th grade players with winning scores (three wins out of the five rounds) qualify to participate in the
2020 Washington State Elementary Chess Championships,
being held this year at the Tacoma Convention Center on May 2, 2020.
Format - Four Playing Sections:
---Grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5: Five Rounds, Game/30 (each player gets 30 min.)
---Grades 6-12: Five Round McMahon Swiss, Game/45 (each player gets 45 min.)
Ferndale and Jam players all play in the same section.
Computer paired. NWSRS rated, no membership required.
8:30am - Registration opens. Note: All pre-registrants must check in. Players who check in late will be receiving a half-point bye in round one.
8:50am - Deadline for 6th-12th grade players to check in.
9:10am - Deadline for K-5th grade players to check in.
. . . See FAQ below for full rounds schedule
3:05pm or asap - Awards ceremony for K-1, 2-3, 4-5th grade sections.
5:40pm or asap - Awards ceremony for 6-12th grade section.
Can't play in all rounds due to other commitments? You can still play! See the FAQ below.
Chess Jam Awards:
Trophies to the top three in K-1, top five in 2nd-3rd and 4th-5th grades, and top seven in 6th-12th grade division. Also trophies to the top five in 6th-12th grade Premiere (lower half) division. Medals to all those scoring 3.0 or higher (or a trophy). Every K-1 player who completes all five rounds will receive a medal or trophy. Upset and Unrated awards. Sweet treat awards to top eight elementary schools (determined by adding the points of the top five scorers from a single K-5 school). Sweet prizes to top three schools in the 7th-12th grade division (based on top four players). Random riddle door prizes in the K-5 division. Tiebreaks by computer.
Ferndale Elementary School Championship Awards:
In addition to the Chess Jam trophies and medals above, the top three Ferndale finishers in each grade will be recognized and certificated as Ferndale Grade Champions.
Yes there are! Bring a riddle, write it on the card provided at check-in, put your name on the back, and drop it in the box. We pick a riddle each round, and if your riddle is chosen, you win!
Site: Ferndale High School. We're in the cafeteria for check-in and K-5 sections. Spacious FHS library for 6-12 section.
How To Enter:
Entry is free for players from Ferndale schools, however all players must register in advance before 6pm Friday April 17. We cannot take entries at the door.
Enter via your Ferndale school's chess club, or
email your entry
Include name, school, grade, parent's name and phone number.
Remember to check in upon arrival at the tournament before the check-in cutoff time, or else we'll assume you didn't make it to the tournament.
(Players from other Whatcom County schools and beyond register via the Chess Jam website.)
Bring: Boards & sets for personal use in the relaxation area, lunch/concessions money. Pen and chess clock for the 6th-12th grade section if you have one. And elementary players, bring a riddle to write on an index card for small door prizes. It might be read publicly between rounds! (i.e. Q: I'm tall when I'm young and I'm short when I'm old. What am I?
A: A candle!)
Director: Randy Kaech, FHS Chess Club advisor, 36O-255-Ol84, Randy.Kaech@ferndalesd.org.