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The Eighteenth Berlin Vermont Fall Scholastic Chess Tournament

Saturday, November 20, 2021


 Tournament Info:

The tournament will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the Capital City Grange Hall, 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

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.

 Entry Fees
Option 1: Pre-Registration.  Early registration fee is $8 per player, or $15 per family.  (Must register by November 18th to qualify for early registration discount.) 
Option 2: Registration at the door on the day of the event:  The onsite registration fee is $12 per player or $20 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 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.

 Pandemic Procedures:

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 not allowed.

  • 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 prefer.

  • 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.

If you have questions, contact Mike Stridsberg (Tournament Director) at



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