Chessplayers from 2nd-12th grades, of all abilities, are invited to play in the....
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2017 Grand Prix Chess Tournaments

Play in one, or all four:
Hot Summer Chess I --- Thursday, July 13
Hot Summer Chess II -- Thursday, July 27
Hot Summer Chess III - Thursday, August 10
Hot Summer Chess IV - Thursday, August 31

Ferndale Public Library --- 2125 Main Street, Ferndale -- map here

Check-in is from 5:45 - 6:00pm each evening. (All Grand Prix players must check-in before 6:00 in order to play that evening.)

Cost: Free!
Prizes: Trophies to the Top Five (see below).

Flaming Rooks The 2017 Hot Summer Chess rated tournaments are open to any 2nd-12th grade players that desire to play competitive NWSRS rated tournament games. Beginner players are welcome, you need to learn the rules of chess before you arrive. Learn the rules of chess here. Also 2017 graduated H.S. seniors are welcome to play.

Players will be placed in different playing groups of approximately equal playing ability based on the latest NWSRS ratings. Players will play in 4 player (usually) "Quad" sections. These feature three games, no elimination, with a time control of Game/30 minutes with five second delay per player. The tournaments are rated by the NW Scholastic Ratings System, so tournament rules are in effect: if you touch a piece, you must move it. Players in the top sections will be required to record their moves, so bring a pen or pencil. Score sheets and sets/boards will be provided, but bring a clock if you have one. It's a no elimination tournament, each player can expect to play three rated games each evening. With the exception of the highest rated players, nearly all players will be finished with their three games before 9:20 pm.

Schedule for each Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix event:
Check-in opens at 5:45 pm and please help with the setup, thank you! Check-in closes at 6:00 pm sharp. Don't be late! The quad format doesn't allow for late entries.
Round 1 - 6:20 pm or asap
Round 2 - 7:20 pm or asap
Round 3 - 8:20 pm or asap
Afterwards, please help with setting the room back to its original layout.

Win the Grand Prix!
The top five players who accumulate the most points overall in all four 2017 Hot Summer Chess tourneys will receive trophies, to be awarded at the conclusion of Hot Summer Chess IV. The top scorer will be declared 2017 Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix Champion. The Grand Prix formula favors players who are improving, so you could win if you put your mind to it! The current, updated NWSRS ratings will be used in each Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix tourney. (If the NWSRS ratings haven't been updated since the last tourney, SwissSys estimated ratings will be used.)

Endgame Contest Position High Score Engame Contest!
Check out the chess position on the right. It's White's move. You can win this position every time if you know it! Knowing this position will help you win chess games.

Get Your Name on the Leaderboard!
Every chessplayer who can win from this position will get their name on the leaderboard. But every summer, only a few do so! We'll even teach you how! The High Score is the fastest time to checkmate. But don't worry about speed at first -- just learn how to force the queening of a pawn, and how to checkmate with that queen ... without stalemating!

Rules: Players are allowed only one attempt at each tourney. Digital clock will be used. Black will be played by TD's appointee only. When queening, player must put a new queen on the board before hitting the clock. Must move piece and hit clock with same hand. If you knock a piece over or make an illegal move, your attempt is over, no score.

The Hot Summer Chess tournaments are directed by Randy Kaech, and sponsored by the Ferndale Public Library.

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The view from last year's Hot Summer Chess III

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