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Medicine Hat and Area JUNIOR Chess Tournament -- April 8, 2017
Posted on 02/28/2017
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Medicine Hat and Area JUNIOR Chess Tournament -- April 8, 2017

The Medicine Hat Chess Club (MHCC) in partnership with the Crescent Heights High School (CHHS) Chess Club will be holding the Annual (“SPRING”) Medicine Hat and Area JUNIOR Chess Tournament on Saturday, April 8th, 2017. Our tournament will be have four main divisions:
(1) a Senior High School division for high school students (grades 10 - 12);
 (2) a Junior High School division for junior high school students (grades 7 - 9);
(3) a Boys’ Elementary School division for elementary school boys (grades 1 - 6): and
(4) a Girls’ Elementary School division (grades 1 - 6).
Depending on the number of registrants, there may be “grade specific” sub-divisions.

The entry fee is $20.00. Entries will be taken up until 0950 on Saturday, April 8th, but a maximum of only 60 entries overall will be accepted. Pre-registration is encouraged, and can be accomplished by completing the enclosed entry form.
Completed registration forms should be returned to Ms. Erin Sand c/o CHHS.
Please note that registration will not be considered complete until Ms. Sand has your completed registration form and entry fee of $20.00.
TOURNAMENT DETAILS:
Date: April 8th (Saturday)
Registration (on-site): 0915 - 0950 (April 8th)
Location: Cafeteria at Crescent Heights High School (come in main entrance)
Times: Round 1: 1000
*Round 2: 1040
Round 3: 1120
LUNCH: 1200 - 1230
Round 4: 1230
Round 5: 1310
Awards Presentations: 1400 (2:00 p.m.) or immediately after the last game is completed.
* Round 2 and subsequent rounds will be started ASAP after the completion of the previous round.
AWARDS:
(1) Senior High School Division:
1st Place -- Trophy and Gift Certificate/Merchandise (Value = $40)
2nd Place -- Trophy and Gift Certificate/Merchandise (Value = $30)
3rd Place -- Medal and Gift Certificate/Merchandise (Value= $20)
(2) Junior High School Division:
1st Place -- Trophy and Gift Certificate/Merchandise (Value = $35)
2nd Place -- Trophy and Gift Certificate/Merchandise (Value = $25)
3rd Place -- Medal and Gift Certificate/Merchandise (Value = $15)
(3) Boys’ Elementary School Division:
1st Place -- Medal and Gift Certificate/Merchandise (Value = $25)
2nd Place -- Medal and Gift Certificate/Merchandise (Value = $15)
3rd Place -- Medal and Gift Certificate/Merchandise (Value = $10)
(4) Girls’ Elementary School Division:
1st Place -- Medal and Gift Certificate/Merchandise (Value = $25)
2nd Place -- Medal and Gift Certificate/Merchandise (Value = $15)
3rd Place -- Medal and Gift Certificate/Merchandise (Value = $10)
RULES:
(1) If 6 or fewer players enter a division, it will be organized as a Round Robin tournament, (ie. everyone will play 1
game against each other entrant). If there are seven players or more, the division will be run as a “Swiss System”
tournament (in this system with many pairing rules, the goal is to pair players against other players with a similar
number of points, each round of play). There will be a maximum of five rounds if the Swiss System is used.
(2) Points for the games are awarded as follows: Win - 1 point; Draw - ½ point; Loss - 0 point.
(3) The Tournament directors will endeavor to pair all players so that they play the white pieces two or three times during
the 5 rounds. Sometimes this cannot be achieved. Please accept our apologies if this happens to your son/daughter.
(4) The rules of chess will be the same as those that are observed at all Canadian Federation of Chess (CFC) tournaments,
and that have been in common use for at least the past 30 years. We wish to draw the players’ attention to the “Touch
Move” Rule, as it can be the source of disagreement and misunderstanding. Essentially, if it is your turn and you
touch a piece that can be moved, your opponent can insist you move that piece. Although they don’t have to make
you move the piece, they often will. Therefore, DON’T touch a piece that you don’t intend to move. Also, please
note that once you have moved a piece during your turn to a legal square, and let go of it, your move/turn is finished.
You cannot take your move back!!
(5) Time controls: The time control for all games is 20 minutes. Chess clocks will be provided. If they are the “analog”
type (one with a clock face and the numbers 1 - 12) they should be set at 5:40. Their correct use and operation will
be demonstrated before the start of the 1st round. Each player will have 20 minutes on their clock to complete all of
his/her moves. The first player to exceed 20 minutes will forfeit the game, and their opponent will be declared the
winner. It is our observation that most junior players who have little/no experience using a chess clock play too fast
in the initial phases of their game. SLOW DOWN!! 20 minutes is actually a lot of time, and remember, you can also
think when your opponent’s clock is running.
(6) Reporting Results: Please advise one of the Tournament Directors, of the result of your game. They will do the
recording.
(7) The decision of the Tournament Director(s) in any dispute will be final. We will be fair and impartial.
MISCELLANEOUS:
(1) Pizza and pop will be provided for lunch (your entry fee pays for this).
(2) The trophies and prizes are paid for by the Medicine Hat Chess Club.
(3) Any entry fee cheques should be made out to the: “Medicine Hat Chess Club”.
(4) For more information, phone Ms. Erin Sand at CHHS (527-6641, ext. 8122).
Erin Sand (Tournament Co-director) Bill Taylor (Tournament Co-director)
(403) 527-6641, ext. 8122 (Daytime -- work) (403) 529-0010 (Daytime -- work)
(403) 526-5484 (Evenings -- home)
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