Chessplayers from 2nd-12th grades, of all abilities, are invited to play in the 2024....

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Youth Chess Tournament Series
at the Ferndale Public Library

Each week, for each tourney, pre-register here

Spring Grand Prix I results here

Chess Handshake Play in one, some, or all four:
Spring Grand Prix I --- Saturday, May 18
Spring Grand Prix II -- Saturday, May 25
Spring Grand Prix III - Saturday, June 1
Spring Grand Prix IV - Saturday, June 15

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

Check-in: From 9:00 to 9:09am sharp, at each tourney.
All Grand Prix players must have pre-registered for each Grand Prix individually, and must check-in before 9:10am 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 tourney. Sign up by 9pm the day before.

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

Spring Grand Prix Prizes:

  • Grand Prix Final awards -- Trophy to 1st, Medals to 2nd-5th, Queen keychains to 6th-10th, awarded June 15
  • At each Grand Prix -- choice of Northwest Chess magazine or Pawn keychain to those scoring 2.5 or 3.0

Chess Flowers The 2024 Spring Grand Prix rated chess 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 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 at each Spring Grand Prix tourney.

Schedule for each Spring Grand Prix tourney:
Check-in opens at 9:00am and please help with the setup, thank you! Check-in closes at 9:10am sharp. Late check-ins usually are not allowed to play.
Round 1 - 9:25am or asap
Round 2 - 10:20am or asap
Round 3 - 11:15am or asap

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 tournament. (If the NWSRS ratings haven't been updated since the last tourney, estimated ratings may be used.)

The 2024 Spring Grand Prix chess tournaments are directed by J.P. Singh, with assistance from All Of You.

Spring Grand Prix Standings after I

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