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The Chess Academy of Denver Summer Rated Chess Tournaments are held for rated players only who range in strength from newly rated players to some of Colorado's best scholastic chess players. Most scholastic chess tournaments have Unrated and Rated Sections. Young students who are new to chess should not be mislead into playing in rated tournaments at the start of their tournament careers. Students should start in the Unrated Sections, and after gaining tournament experience and showing good results, can then move up into the Rated Sections. Rated Sections require joining the United States Chess Federation, Unrated Sections do not. Children who are mislead into playing in Rated tournaments in the beginning of their career, typically get beaten badly by those with greater tournament experience when playing in city-wide and state-wide rated events, get discouraged, and quit the game. You should question anyone's knowledge or integrity who suggests that your child play in rated tournaments before achieving success in an Unrated Section of a tournament. Call Todd at 303-770-6696 to discuss whether or not your child is ready to play in rated tournaments. For Unrated and Rated Sections, play in the Denver Scholastic Chess Series (below) or the Colorado Springs Scholastic Chess Series. These tournaments are run by credible Colorado chess organizers who have combined experience running scholastic chess events in Colorado for well over 35 years, with a proven track record of putting on safe, well-run, and appropriate-level events.
The Summer Rated Tournament Series is held at Todd's house...so space is limited. Only direct family members are allowed to stay during the tournaments. If more than one family member wishes to stay, please notify Todd ahead of time so he can address possible space accommodations.
May 11, 2013 (click here for entry form)
June 8, 2013 (click here for entry form)
July 13, 2013 (click here for entry form)
August 3, 2013 (click here for entry form)
Unrated and Rated Chess Tournaments for children in Denver and the Front Range!
For a list of Scholastic Tournaments in the Front Range, click here
In order to start the tournaments on time this year, there will be no onsite registration.
Please plan ahead and get your entries in early!
For tournament entry form, click here
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Results and Standings of 2012-2013 Series : Click Here
#1 September 21
#2 October 19
#3 November 16
#4 January 4
#5 February 1
#6 March 15
#7 April 5 - Denver Scholastic Chess Championship
- Denver Scholastic Chess Championship
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Tournament entry form 2013-2014 Denver Scholastic Chess Series: (registration forms will be posted this summer)
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For questions, call Todd at 303-770-6696 (wk).
No solicitation of any kind is allowed at the tournament site.
United States Chess Federation rules will apply. Tournament is 5 Rounds.
Tie-breaks determining trophy winners in each section will be in this order: Modified Median, Solkoff, Cumulative, Opponent’s Cumulative, Head-to-head, Coin Toss. If a section is a round robin, Sonneborn will be the first tiebreak. The result of game between players involved in the tie is the second tiebreak.
If there are an odd number of players in a section, one of the players will be awarded a 1.0 point BYE for the round according to the normal pairing system.
If you have to miss a Round 1 or Round 2, you may request a ½ point BYE for either or both of these rounds. The BYE request must be made before the Late Registration deadline. No ½ point BYE requests will be awarded after the second round (you will receive a zero point BYE if you have to miss a later round) as this can have a major impact on the final tournament results.
Divisions may be combined if one has a low turnout.
Organizer may change the rules at any time to improve the tournaments.
All players scoring 3.5 points or more will win a prize!!
For each tournament, a 1st and 2nd place team trophy will be available in the 2-3 Unrated, 4-6 Unrated, and the K-6 Rated divisions. However, if all of the teams (schools) in one of these divisions have only one player, team trophies will not be awarded for that division (since nobody has a teammate). If a team of two or more players doesn't finish ahead of the first and second place individual trophy winners, team trophies will not be award in that division (since the first and second place individual winners would receive double trophies because the teams of two or more in that division didn't place). Also, if less than ten players participate in any of these divisions, a team trophy may not be given out in that division. Team trophies may expand, depending on the number of teams entered in the division.
A 6th grader who is in Middle School, can play as a member of the Elementary School in his neighborhood that he attended. If this is the case, enter the name of the Elementary School on the application form in the "School" box. This must be entered into the computer correctly prior to the registration cutoff the Thursday night before the tournament.
Home school children only qualify to be a member of the team (if there is one) from the public school in their neighborhood that they would normally attend.
Total points from the top two finishers from each school count toward the team trophy. (A team of one player gets that player's point total counting toward that player's school team.)
TIE-BREAKS: In the event of tied Team scores from above, tie-breaks will
determine prize winners. The
following rules describe the tie-breaking system used:
A1) The first tie-break is the sum of all the total points achieved by the top three finishers from the same school. If still tied, then the top four finishers, etc.
A2) The second tie-break
is total number of players on each team (this encourages participation).
The team with more players in the divisions wins.
A3) The third and final tie-break is the sum of individual tie-breaks, in order posted above, of the top two finishers on the team.
A) ELIGIBILITY: A player must compete in at least 4 of the seven events to be eligible for an end of year SERIES PRIZE. This encourages participation.
A1) MAKEUP DATE: Any
player who misses an event can do a makeup in Colorado Springs on March
9, 2013 at the Colorado Springs Scholastic Chess Series. (The makeup
date for the Colorado Springs Scholastic Chess Series is the March 16
tournament in Denver.) The result from March 9 will be substituted for a
missed event in the Series, excluding the April 6 (#7) tournament. For Tie-Break purposes listed below, the March
date in Colorado Springs will be substituted in the series for the last
event missed, before the final series event on April 6.
first scoring criteria for all trophies and prizes is total accumulated
points from all played events. This is a straight number and is not
pro-rated in any way.
TIE-BREAKS: In the event of tied scores at series end,
tie-breaks will determine prize winners.
The following rules describe the tie-breaking system used:
C1) The first
tie-break is total number of events played. The player who played in the
MOST events to achieve score wins. This is to encourage and reward
second tie-break is grade. The player in the LOWEST grade wins. This
rewards the player with the least experience (presumably).
C3) The third and final tie-break is final event finish. The player who placed highest in the final event wins. (If neither played in the final event, we go backwards to the next to last final event, etc.)
MULTIPLE SECTION PLAYERS:
Some players compete in multiple sections. Sometimes this is a
result of “playing up” with an older group, or from players becoming
D1) Players who “play up” will have scores accumulated from
different sections. The scores of such players will be applied to the
section where the MAJORITY of his\her games were played.
If an equal number of games were played in each section, the
score will be applied in the section where it gives the player the
LESSER prize. This results in less prize impact on other players. This
also discourages players from trying to create a score to apply
selectively and advantageously at the last event.
D2) Players who become RATED will have their scores applied to
wherever the majority of their games were played as in D1.
D2a) Players who play in the series as UNRATED players but become
rated prior to the final events to play in the Colorado State Scholastic
Championship in February, will be allowed to complete the series in the
UNRATED division. While such players are encouraged to play RATED in the
last event(s), it is not mandatory as such a decision could be construed
as penalizing players for playing in the State Championship.
D2a1) Players who play in rated events OTHER than the Colorado
State Scholastic Championship prior to the final events DO NOT receive
the exemption in D2a and must play rated.
PRIZES: Players who meet eligibility requirements outlined in
A) and who’s scores are sufficient will be awarded SERIES PRIZES.
E1) SERIES TROPHIES:
Players finishing 1-5 in each division (K-6 Rated;
7-12 Rated; K-1 Unrated; 2-3 Unrated; 4-6 Unrated) will receive series
E2) SERIES COMPLETION: All
players who complete the tour and play in ALL SEVEN EVENTS will receive
E3) DUAL SERIES
COMPLETION: All players who complete all seven events in the Denver
Scholastic Chess Series Tour and the Colorado Springs Chess Series Tour
(14 total events) will receive an award.
E4) SPECIAL AWARDS: Special awards are the sole discretion of the organizers and may be given arbitrarily. Graduation, sportsmanship, improvement, and courage, are examples of possible reasons for such awards.
The above rules have been carefully created to be clear, simple, and equitable. Great care has also been taken to implement rules that are difficult to manipulate or “loop-hole”. Suggestions are always welcome. Explanations of these rules and motivations for them are always given. Final ruling on any dispute or disagreement is reserved by the organizer.
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