Chess Tournament March 8, 2020



The Cathay School December Tournament K-12

March 8, 2020

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

4 Rounds, Swiss System Tournament

Open to all K-12 players from anywhere

Starting times of rounds:

Round 1:  9:30 AM

Round 2:  10:30AM

Round 3:  11:45 AM

Round 4:  12:45 PM

Awards Ceremony: As soon as last round finishes

Please come at least 20 minutes before the start of the first round for announcements

Time control for every round: 25 minutes with a 5-second increment

Please bring your own boards and pieces (not enough are provided)

Please bring a chess clock if you have one

2 sections: Under 600 and Open

Trophies for top 5 players in each section

$15 by March 4

$20 by March 7

$50 at the door, by 9:00 am if space is available

  • This tournament is US Chess rated
    • All US Chess rules and regulations apply
    • ALL players must have a US Chess Membership
        • Or go to the US Chess membership website and follow instructions
  • ALL players in grades 4-12 are required to notate their games, K-3 players are not required to notate but it is highly encouraged as a method of preventing cheating
  • Players are allowed to attend either section: under 600 or open
    • The only limitation is players rated over 600 by the US Chess Federation cannot enter the under 600 section. ANY player rated under 600 or unrated can attend either section, for example an unrated player who believes their strength is above 600 and wishes to compete in a tougher section.
  • Touch move and touch take rules do apply
  • A player showing up 25 minutes late to a game will be forfeited and disqualified from playing in the rest of the tournament
  • NOT a knockout tournament, all players will play all 4 rounds
  • Notify any tournament director if you wish to withdraw, do not just leave with no notice because the next round you will be paired in the system and someone will be left bored sitting for 25 minutes
  • How Trophies are Awarded
  • Electronic Device Policy
  • NO PARENTS OR COACHES allowed in the tournament room

The TD (Tournament Director) is Richard Tan. If you have any questions, email him at

Refer to MDChess pregame announcements for rules and these will be repeated before the start of round 1