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Seventeenth Annual Berlin Vermont Fall Scholastic Chess Tournament

Saturday, November 16, 2019


 Tournament Info:

The tournament will be held Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Berlin Elementary School, Berlin, VT.   This is an unrated tournament open to chess players of all abilities from Kindergarten through Grade 12, where the focus is on fun and sportsmanship.  UCSF membership is not required.  Please bring a chess board and chess clock if you have one.

Registration open from 9:00 – 9:30 AM.  First round starts at 10:00.  Subsequent rounds will start approximately 15 minutes after the prior round is  completed.  Food concessions will be available from 9 AM until 2 PM.  Awards given as each section finishes (approximately 3:00 PM).

From I-89, take exit 7.  Take a left at the first light, then first right onto the school grounds.  Park in the lot only – NO parking in the fire lane (circle) in front of the school.

Option 1: Pre-Registration.  Early registration fee is $8 per player, or $15 per family.  (Must be received by mail by November 12th or online by November 14th.  See details below.)  PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.  YOU MAY STILL REGISTER AT THE DOOR.
Option 2: Registration at the door on the day of the event:  The onsite registration fee is $10 per player or $18 per family.

 Tournament Rules:

Players will be grouped into sections according to grade level.  Expected sections will be: Grades K-2, Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8 and Grades 9-12.  (The Tournament Director reserves the right to change section groupings depending on attendance.)

All players will play four rounds (no-one will be eliminated) although some players may receive a “bye” in a round if there are an odd numbers of players.  This is an unrated tournament, and first round pairing will be by random draw.  Subsequent round pairings will be made according to the Swiss system, which pairs players with similar win-loss records.  Note: USCF rated players are welcome to participate, but their rating will not be used for pairing purposes, and the results of this event will not affect their rating.  The time control for each round will be Game/30 (each player has 30 minutes) so no round will last longer than one hour.  Players are encouraged to notate their games, but notation is not required.

Trophies will be awarded to the top finisher and medals will be awarded to the top 5 players in each section.  Ties for first place will be decided by games between tied players or a playoff match.  Standard USCF tie-break systems will be used (Modified Median, Solkoff, and Cumulative, in that order) to decide ties for subsequent positions.

Spectators are not allowed in the section rooms while games are in progress.  All participants must be in the skittles area (Gym) or outside when not playing – no-one is allowed in the halls or unused rooms of the school.

 If you have questions, contact Mike Stridsberg (Tournament Director) at or call (802) 223-1948.




To register by mail: Print, complete and mail this registration form.

To register online: Fill out this online form and pay using PayPal® or a major credit card.

    If you have already registered but have not yet paid the registration fee, click here to pay online using PayPal® or a credit card.