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

Autumn Grand Prix

Whatcom Youth Chess Tournaments

Pre-register here for Nov. 5, 2022 tourney

Autumn Scene Play in one, some, or all five:
Autumn Quads I --- Saturday, Nov. 5
Autumn Quads II -- Saturday, Nov. 19
Autumn Quads III - Saturday, Dec. 3
Autumn Quads IV - Saturday, Dec. 10
Autumn Quads V - Saturday, Dec. 17

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! However, 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, board numbers, and help tape announcements to the hallway wall. Thanks!

Grand Prix Prizes:

  • Trophies and Book prizes to top five Autumn Grand Prix final scores, awarded Dec. 17
  • Autumn Grand Prix Grand Champion also earns Gold Plated $100 Dollar Bill
  • Quad perfect score (3.0) earns Chess Keychain and Book
  • Winning a quad without perfect score earns Chess Keychain and Magazine
  • Winning record (2 of 3) without winning the quad, earns Chess Magazine

The 2022 Autumn Grand Prix Quad 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.

Players will be placed in different playing groups of approximately equal playing ability based primarily on the latest 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. With the exception of the highest rated players, all players should be finished with their three games before noon.

Schedule for each Autumn Grand Prix Quad event:
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!

The Gold Plated 100 Dollar Bill
Autumn Grand Prix Prizes

The top five players who accumulate the most points overall in all Autumn Grand Prix Quad tourneys will receive trophies and chess books, to be awarded at the conclusion of the final Autumn Grand Prix Quad. The top scorer will be declared 2022 Autumn Grand Prix Champion, and will also receive the Gold Plated $100 Dollar Bill (see photo). If ties, higher rated player gets higher place.

At each quad, section winners earn a chess keychain. If it's with a perfect score, you'll also win a chess book, otherwise a chess magazine. If you have a winning record (2.0) and did not win your quad, you'll still receive a chess magazine. So 2.0 or higher will always earn you a prize.

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 Autumn Grand Prix Quad. If the NWSRS ratings haven't been updated since the last tourney, SwissSys estimated ratings may be used.

The Autumn 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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