An All-Girl Chess tournament, sponsored by the Belmont Library, will be held at the Belmont Library in the Taube Room on December 10th, Saturday. It is free-of-charge and open to all girls between the grades of Kindergarten and 8th grade. Only players who already know how to play chess and its basic rules may enter. Registration is limited to 44 players due to space restrictions.
Although this event is free, any donations will be deeply appreciated to cover the costs of prizes for this tournament and future ones as well.
This is a Quad tournament where players will be placed in groups of four. Players will play the others in their group for a total of 3 games. If a group is larger or smaller than four players, then the tournament director has the discretion of adding or limiting the number of games played due room reservation time restrictions.
Players will be divided into three groups: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Beginners have little or no playing experience. Intermediate players have played some tournament chess or are self-identified as a player who can play chess pretty well. Advanced players have played a lot of tournament chess; are USCF rated; or are self-identified as a strong player. IMPORTANT NOTES: The Tournament Director has the discretion of moving a player from one division to another one if director has a disagreement with an entrant's assessment of their playing strength. Also, 7th and 8th graders must enter either the Intermediate or Advanced divisions - not Beginner. If there are too few Advanced or Intermediate players, the Tournament Director reserves the right to combine divisions. This tournament is non-USCF rated event and is intended to be a fun opportunity for girls to compete in chess play.
Time Control Game in 25 minutes. Each player will have 25 minutes to complete their game. Chess timers will be provided.
9:00 - 9:15 Registrant check in. Walk up registrants may not be able to enter if available spaces are full.
9:20 Welcome and tournament review
9:30 Round I
10:30 Round II
11:40 Round III
12:40 Awards Ceremony
2016 All Girls Chess Tournament - FAQ
- When is the tournament?
- Saturday, December 10th. Pre-registered players should arrive by 9:00am. Walk up registrants cannot be guaranteed a slot.
- Who can play in the tournament?
- Any child in 8th grade or below can play in the tournament.
- Is USCF membership required?
- USCF membership is NOT required.
- Where can I park?
- You can park in the library parking lot or on the street.
- Are there restaurants nearby?
- There's a small selection of eateries within walking distance near Ralston/Alameda de las Pulgas.
- Is there wi-fi?
- Wi-Fi is available.
- Is there a playground?
- Yes, there is a playground available for use by the kids.
- What do I do when I arrive?
- The first thing each player should do upon arrival is check-in. Each player will be given a name tag to make sure everyone is in the right place. Please arrive around 9:00am; The later you arrive, the longer the check-in line will be.
- How does my child figure out where to go and who to play?
- Before each round, we will post the pairings on the walls outside. Someone will say "The pairings are up!" Find your section, then look for your name. Next to your name will be your board number, color (white or black), and opponent. Enter the tournament room, find your board number, and sit at the correct color, then wait for further instructions by the tournament director.
- Can I talk during the game?
- No! You may (but are not required to) say "check", but don't say it too loud. You may talk to a tournament director if you have a question. Other than that, there should usually be silence.
- How do I show good sportsmanship?
- Glad you asked. It is traditional to shake hands with your opponent before and after your game, and to say "good game" after the game. Even if one side is distraught over losing. Respect your opponent. Do not taunt them if you take their pieces or if they make a bad move (this means NOT saying something like "I've got your queen!").
- What is the time control?
- The time control is G/25 (game in 25 minutes). This means that each side has 25 minutes to make their moves for the game (so the game should be over in 40 minutes or
- less). A chess clock is used for each game.
- How do I use a chess clock?
- To start the game, black pushes down on his side of the clock to start white's timer. After you make a move, push down on your side of the clock. Be sure to push down on the clock with the same hand that you used to move the piece. Do not keep your hand on the clock after you have pressed it. The clock will show minutes + seconds left for each side. If the clock goes all the way down to 00:00, then that side has run out of time. You (the player) are responsible for "calling the clock" -- that is, saying that your opponent's clock has run out of time. Players in other games and the tournament directors are not responsible (and should not) call the clock in someone else's game. If one person runs out of time, that person loses unless his opponent doesn't have enough material to checkmate his opponent. If this is the case, the game is a draw (even if the side that ran out of time has a massive advantage in material).
- What happens if I forgot to hit the chess clock after I move?
- Your opponent is under no obligation to tell you that you forgot to hit your clock. You may lose seconds or even minutes while your opponent silently waits. If your opponent seems to be taking an unexpectedly long amount of time to move, check your clock! That being said, I would say it is common courtesy to notify your opponent after a small amount of time has run off the clock. At least the first time it happens.
- Can I stop the clock if I have to use the bathroom?
- No! If you have to leave in the middle of your game for any reason, you cannot stop your clock. Your clock will continue to run. However, keep in mind that 20 minutes is a long time, so if you have to take 1-2 minutes to use the bathroom, you still have plenty of time. Of course, it would be better if you went before your game started.
- Is the touch-move rule enforced?
- Yes! If you touch a piece, you have to move it (unless you can't make any legal move with it). If you touch an opponent's piece, you must capture it (unless you can't). If you want to castle, you should touch your king first; otherwise, if you touch your rook, your opponent could compel you to move your rook (without castling). Once you let go of a piece, it has to stay there. The only exception to the touch-move rule is that you may say "adjust" before touching a piece to move it closer to the center of its square.
- What is the 50 move rule?
- If both players make 50 moves without moving a pawn or capturing a piece, the game is a draw. Once a pawn move or capture is made, the count starts over. It is not automatically a draw; one of the players in the game must claim a draw. Since it is hard to document how many moves are being made, if a player suspects a claim might be made later, the player should raise a hand and notify a tournament director of their intent to claim a draw later. The tournament director can then use the clock to determine how many moves have been made, and check the clock later to see how many additional moves have been made. The player should probably count out loud (softly) how many moves have been made. One move by black and one move by white only counts as one move, not two!
- What is the draw by repetition rule?
- Basically, if the same position has been reached in a game 3 times, the game is drawn. It is not automatically drawn; one of the players in the game must claim a draw. Note that it is not the moves that are repeated, but rather the position. The repeated position does not have to be repeated on consecutive moves, either (though it often is). Perpetual check is a special case of draw by repetition.
- What do I do when my game is over?
- Raise your hand and someone will come over to record the result. Make sure they record the result correctly (especially if you won). Then set the board back up and go outside and play until the next round!
- What do I do after my 3rd round game is over?
- Please wait for the awards ceremony. All players will receive a trophy or a medal. If you must leave before the awards ceremony, please make arrangements for someone else to get your trophy or medal.
- How many games will my child play?
- Each child will play 3 games, with possible exceptions due to groups that are larger or smaller than 4 players. Do not leave just because your child loses in an earlier round!
- What do I do if my child has to leave early?
- If you do have to leave early for some reason, please notify a tournament director immediately. Otherwise, we would pair your child against another child for the next round, and that other child would be disappointed not to play against someone.
- Hey, you said my child would play 3 games, but they only played 2. Why?
- If there are an odd number of players in a section, it's impossible to have everyone play in each round. In that case, one player in each round will be "unpaired", and will receive 1 point (equivalent to a win). No player will be unpaired more than once.
- When are the games played?
- The rounds are scheduled to start at 9:30am, 10:40am, and 11:40am. The awards ceremony will start at approximately 12:40pm. Times may be pushed back a bit if we get a late start, but we usually manage to catch up to the original schedule by the end of the day.
- How is each child's score calculated?
- Each player starts with a score of 0. They receive 1 point for a win and half a point for a draw. So the maximum score for a 3-round tournament is 3 (three wins).
- Will my child get a trophy? Top scorers in all groups will receive a trophy. Other players will receive a participation prize.
- Are parents and family allowed in the playing area?
- Yes but while games are in play, all spectators must be silent. Parents and children are expected to behave and not try to communicate with a player while the game is in progress. This has happened on occasion and will not be tolerated. Remember parents: the game is to be played by your child – not by you.
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Dennis A. Myers and Associates
Provides school based and private chess lessons on the San Francisco mid-peninsula. In voluntary partnership with schools and community groups, we also provide assistance with staffing and equipment to stage free events that promote chess in our local community.