Greater Philadelphia Monthly Scholastic

Sept 29 12:00 Noon




Location:  
Days Inn Horsham, 245 Easton Rd, Horsham, PA 19044. Free Parking and Free WiFi

Schedule:
12:00 Noon - 4:00PM.  Onsite registration ends at 11:30AM on game day.  First round game starts at 12:00 Noon and then ASAP.  No need to check in if you have pre-registered online.  Awards ceremony starts around 4:00PM or earlier.

Entry fee: 
Online registration is $20 by Sept 23rd or $35 by Sept 28th.  On-site registration is $40 cash.  Entry fee fully refundable for withdrawal before 11:30AM on game day.

Special Entry fee: 
Free for players with a USCF rating of 1500 or higher.  Just skip the payment step after submitting your registration.

Sections:
K-12 Championship: for Grades K to 12 players rated 1000 or higher.
K-12 Reserve (Under 1000)for Grades K to 12 players rated under 1000.
K-12 Beginners (Under 500)for Grades K to 12 beginner players. Recommended for players rated under 500.

All games will be rated by US Chess Federation (USCF) and hence a current USCF membership is required to play.  You can renew your membership or become a USCF member at https://secure2.uschess.org/webstore/member.php.  Players' latest USCF post tournament rating will be used by default.  Any player may choose to play in a higher-rated section than the lowest for which he/she is eligible for a greater challenge.

Time Control:
K-12 Championship section: 3 round swiss.  Every player plays 3 games with a time control of G/40;d5 (40 minutes per game with 5 second delay per move for each player).
All the other sections: 4 round swiss.  Every player plays 4 games with a time control of G/25;d/5 (25 minutes per game with 5 second delay per move for each player). 

A player can take maximum one half point bye for skipped games. Request byes before the first round starts.

Optional One More Rated Game (no extra charge):
Players can choose to play one more rated game after the Awards Ceremony.   There will be one section and players will be paired based on their ratings, i.e. 1 vs 2, 3 vs 4, 5 vs 6, ...
Prizes:
Trophies to top 3 in each section.  Honorable Mention trophies to players who score 1.5 points or higher in the Championship section or 2 points or higher in the other sections.  Participation trophies to the rest of players who are first-time to our tournament.

Note: 
Chess sets and clocks are provided.