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

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Chess Grand Prix Tournament Series

Pre-registration link will be here

Dog Days tourney results, Grand Prix standings will be here

Play in one, some, or all five:
Dogs Play Chess Dog Days Chess I --- Tuesday, July 23
Dog Days Chess II -- Tuesday, July 30
Dog Days Chess III - Tuesday, August 6
Dog Days Chess IV - Tuesday, August 13
Dog Days Chess V -- Tuesday, August 20

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

Check-in: From 4:20 - 4:30pm sharp, at each tourney.
All Grand Prix players must have pre-registered for each Quad individually, and must check-in before 4:30pm 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!

Grand Prix Prizes:

  • Trophy to 1st place, medals to 2nd-5th places, book prizes to 6th-10th place overall Grand Prix final scores, awarded August 20
  • Perfect scores (3.0) earn Chess Keychain (piece)
  • Scoring 2.5 earns Chess Keychain (pawn)

The 2024 Dog Days 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 Dog Days Chess Grand Prix tourney:
Check-in opens at 4:20pm and please help with the setup, thank you! Check-in closes at 4:30pm sharp. Don't be late! The quad format doesn't allow for late entries.
Round 1 - 4:45pm or asap
Pieces On Fire Round 2 - 5:40pm or asap
Round 3 - 6:35pm 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!

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 Dog Days Chess Grand Prix chess tournaments are directed by Randy Kaech, with assistance from All Of You.

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