Chessplayers from 2nd-12th grades, of all abilities, are invited to play in the....

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2022 Grand Prix Chess Tournaments
and Endgame Contest

Pre-register here

Mr Kool Sun Play in one, some, or all six:
Hot Summer Chess I --- Saturday, July 9
. . . At #1, every player gets a prize
Hot Summer Chess II -- Saturday, July 16
Hot Summer Chess III - Saturday, August 6
Hot Summer Chess IV - Saturday, August 13
Hot Summer Chess V -- Saturday, August 20
Hot Summer Chess VI - Saturday, August 27

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

Check-in: From 9:00 - 9:09am sharp, at each tourney.
All Grand Prix players must have pre-registered for each Quad individually, and must also check-in before 9:10 in order to play. Due to pairing restrictions, late arrivals cannot be accommodated, sorry. Get there early!

Entry fee: Free! But, pre-registration is required for each Quad. Sign up by 10pm the day before.

Energy fee: Everyone, help set up tables, chairs, boards, sets, clocks, and board numbers. Thanks!

Grand Prix Prizes:
A generous benefactor has donated a vast number of excellent chess books to be awarded as prizes for upcoming Whatcom Youth Chess events. Thank you Don!

  • Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix Grand Champion: Trophy, and The Oxford Companion to Chess, Second Edition ($100 on AbeBooks)
  • Hot Summer Chess 2nd Place: Trophy, and The Chess Encyclopedia ($76 on AbeBooks)
  • Hot Summer Chess 3rd Place: Trophy, and The Complete Book of Chess Strategy
  • Hot Summer Chess 4th Place: Trophy, and Encyclopedia of Chess Wisdom
  • Hot Summer Chess 5th Place: Trophy, and Modern Chess Openings, 13th Edition

Also, at the first Hot Summer Chess (July 9), every participant will receive a chess book.
In the following Grand Prix tourneys, every player who scores 2.0 or higher will be awarded a chess book. In all Grand Prix quads, a perfect score (3.0) will earn the Quad Pen.

Flaming King The 2022 Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix 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 or review the rules of chess here (web page) or here (video) if you wish. Freshly graduated H.S. seniors are welcome to play also.

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/25 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.

Experienced 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, all players should be finished with their three games by 9:00pm.

Schedule for each Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix Quad tourney:
Check-in opens at 9:00am and please help with the setup, thank you! Check-in closes at 9:10am sharp. Don't be late! The quad format doesn't allow for late entries.
Round 1 - 9:15 or asap
Round 2 - 10:10 or asap
Round 3 - 11:05 or asap
The above is a rough guide, there is no set round start time. As soon as all four players in a Quad have finished their first round games, they refer to the pairing chart, identify their opponent and board numbers for Round 2, and may begin their next games as soon as they're ready.
After the event, please assist with setting the room back to its original layout. Thanks!

Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix Prizes Flaming Rooks
Any player who competes in a Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix Quad and posts a perfect score (three wins) will receive the Quad Pen. (An eCircuit four color [BGRU] medium-fine ball point pen.) At the first Hot Summer Chess (July 9), every participant will receive a chess book. In the following Grand Prix tourneys, every player who scores 2.0 or higher will be awarded a chess book.

The top five players who accumulate the most points overall in all Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix Quad tourneys will receive trophies and the book prizes listed above, to be awarded at the conclusion of the final Grand Prix Quad. The top scorer will be declared 2022 Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix Champion. (If ties, higher rated gets higher place.)

The Grand Prix formula favors players who play each week, and who are improving, so you could win if you put your mind to it! The current, updated NWSRS ratings will be used in each Grand Prix Quad. (If the NWSRS ratings haven't been updated since the last tourney, SwissSys estimated ratings may be used.)

Endgame Contest Position High Score Engame Contest is Back! With Prizes!
Check out the chess position on the right. It's White's move. You can win this position every time if you know it! Evan against World Champion Magnus Carlsen! 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 HSC Endgame Contest 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!

Prizes: At the final HSC Quad, the top five scorers on the HSC Endgame Leaderboard will receive a chess endgame book.

Rules: Players get one attempt at each tourney. Touch move. TD will play Black. Must finish queening before hitting clock. Must move piece and hit clock with same hand. If piece knocked over or illegal move made, attempt is over, no score.

The Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix Quad chess tournaments are directed by Randy Kaech, with assistance from All Of You.

The view from last year's Hot Summer Chess III

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