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

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Chess Grand Prix Tournament Series

Pre-register for August 29 here

Tourney results, August Grand Prix standings here

Mr Kool Sun Play in one, some, or all five:
Hot August Chess I --- Tuesday, August 1
Hot August Chess II -- Tuesday, August 8
Hot August Chess III - Tuesday, August 15
Hot August Chess IV - Tuesday, August 22
Hot August Chess V -- Tuesday, August 29

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

Check-in: From 4:30 - 4:40pm sharp, at each tourney.
All Grand Prix players must have pre-registered for each Quad individually, and must check-in before 4:40pm 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 posters. Thanks!

August Grand Prix Prizes:

  • Trophies to 1st-5th, book prizes to 6th-10th place final scores, awarded August 29
  • Autumn Grand Prix Grand Champion also earns Excalibur Talking LCD Chess
  • Perfect scores (3.0) earn Chess Keychain (major piece)
  • Scoring 2.5 earns Chess Keychain (pawn)
  • Scoring 2.0 earns a Northwest Chess Magazine

The 2023 Hot August 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 between four to eight players, of approximately equal playing ability based on the latest NWSRS ratings. 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.

Schedule for each Hot August Chess Grand Prix Quad tourney:
Check-in opens at 4:30pm and please help with the setup, thank you! Check-in closes at 4:40pm sharp. Don't be late! The quad format doesn't allow for late entries.
Round 1 - 5:00pm or asap
Round 2 - 5:55pm or asap
Round 3 - 6:50pm or asap
Library closes at 8pm.

The above is a rough guide, there is no set round start time. As soon as all players in a section 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 August Chess Grand Prix Prizes

Pieces On Fire The top five players who accumulate the most points overall in all Hot August Chess Grand Prix Quad tourneys will receive trophies, and places 6 through 10 will receive book prizes, to be awarded at the conclusion of the final Grand Prix. The top scorer will be declared 2023 Hot August Chess Grand Prix Champion, and will also receive the Excalibur Talking LCD Chess. (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.)

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

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