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Berlin Vermont Fall Scholastic Chess Tournament
Saturday, November 20, 2021
The tournament will be held
Saturday, November 20, 2021
at the Capital City Grange Hall,
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.
Registration open from 9:00 – 9:30 AM. First round starts at 10:00 AM.
Subsequent rounds will start at approximately 11:15 AM, 1:00 PM and 2:15 PM.
Award ceremony will be held at 3:30 PM. Food concessions will be available
from 9 AM until 2 PM.
From I-89, take exit 8. Follow the access road (Memorial Drive) into town,
then take a right onto Route 12 (a.k.a. Northfield Street.) Follow 1.1
miles to the Capital City Grange driveway on the left -- 6612 VT-12, Berlin, VT.
Option 1: Pre-Registration. Early registration fee is $8 per player, or
$15 per family. (Must register by November 18th to qualify for early
the door on the day of the event: The onsite registration fee is $12 per player or $20 per family.
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
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
allowed in the playing hall, but must remain silent and still or they will be
required to leave. Participants may
be in the skittles area (downstairs) or outside when not playing.
The following procedures are in place this year for the safety of participants:
All attendees (players, guardians,
and staff) must wear a mask at all times while inside the hall.
Due to the pandemic capacity of the
hall, please limit guardians/coaches to one unvaccinated person per player.
(Fully vaccinated people do not count against the cap.)
The hall will be
continuously ventilated using exhaust fans. Therefore the temperature of the
hall will be similar to the outdoor temperature. Please dress in layers and be
prepared for cold or warm conditions. Players may wear ear plugs or muffs to
block out the noise of the fans, but electronics (earbuds, headphones, etc.) are
Tournament play will be on sanitized
chess sets provided at the venue. You may bring your own set for skittles play.
All players must use hand sanitizer
before and after each game, or wear gloves (rubber, latex or nitrile.) Gloves
and hand sanitizer will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you
Contact with other players, including
the common acts of sportsmanship such as shaking hands, high fives, hugs, etc.
are not allowed.
There will be no group photos this
year. Candid photos may be taken and posted on this web site.
you have questions, contact
Mike Stridsberg (Tournament Director) at
To register online: Fill out this online
form and pay using PayPal® or a major
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already registered but
have not yet paid the registration fee, click
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