Wednesday, February 24, 2016

April 2016 Peninsula Chess League Tournament

The next Peninsula Chess League tournament will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016.  This a team-oriented event open to grade K-8 kids who live in the San Francisco Peninsula.

This will be an individual Swiss tournament with 6 sections, but trophies will be awarded based on team performance.

Summary

  • Date:  Friday, April 15, 2016
  • Time:  6:30-9:00pm
  • Location:  Belmont Public Library
  • Pre-registration is required (http://aprilpcl.eventbrite.com/).
  • There will be 6 sections:
    • USCF advanced section (approx rating 800-1200)
    • USCF intermediate section (approx rating 400-800)
    • USCF beginner section (approx rated under 400)
    • Unrated intermediate
    • Unrated beginner 1 (grades 3-5)
    • Unrated beginner 2 (grades K-2)
  • Each section will have about 15 players.
  • All games in the USCF sections will be USCF Quick-Rated.
  • Time control for USCF sections:  G/15; d3 (game in 15 minutes with a 3 second delay)
  • Time control for unrated sections:  G/18 (no delay)
  • Each player will play 3 games.
  • Individual Swiss format, except players are guaranteed not to play against other players from their school.
  • Round times:  6:45pm, 7:25pm, 8:15pm.  Trophies:  8:55pm
  • Players must play for the school they currently attend, except 5th graders (and below) may play for their elementary school alma mater
  • 6th graders and above must play in either the unrated intermediate section, or one of the USCF rated sections.
  • Trophies will mainly be distributed based on team performance.  Limited individual trophies will be available.  See below for details.
  • Your team has a better chance of winning trophies if your team has more players, so encourage your classmates to register.
  • Players who scored a perfect 3.0 in the unrated sections in the previous tournament will be asked to move up to the next higher section.  Players who scored a perfect 3.0 in the intermediate section will be asked to join the USCF.

Team Scoring

Scoring subject to change based on number of sections, but scoring will be something like this for team trophy purposes:
  • USCF advanced section:  42 points per win (21 points per draw).  Expected rating range for section:  800 - 1200 (may be modified to balance sections)
  • USCF intermediate section:  38 points per win.  Expected rating range for section:  400-800 (may be modified to balance sections)
  • USCF beginner section:  34 points per win.  Expected rating range for section:  under 400 (may be modified to balance sections)
  • Unrated Intermediate:  30 points per win
  • Unrated Beginner 1:  26 points per win
  • Unrated Beginner 2:  22 points per win
  • USCF members must play in USCF section.
  • Non-members may play in unrated sections, or become members to play in USCF rated sections.  Sign up for USCF membership here (memberships start at $17 per year).
  • Unrated USCF members may play in either USCF section (player's choice).
  • Rated USCF members may not play below their section, but can optionally play in a higher section even if they are lower-rated.  Exception:  provisionally-rated USCF members may be placed in lower rated section at TD's discretion.
  • The latest USCF Quick Ratings will be used for section and pairing purposes.

Trophies

Team scores are based on the combined scores of the top players on that team.  Trophies awarded:
  • Best Super team (6 players)
  • Best Large team (5 players)
  • Best Standard team (4 players)
  • Best Small team (3 players)
  • Best Mini team (2 players)
  • To qualify for a team trophy, a team *must* have at least the required number of players.
  • Only the top scoring players on the team get a trophy (i.e., for a standard team, only the top 4 get trophies; ties broken by tie-breaks).
  • A team cannot win more than 1 trophy.  e.g., a team winning the Large team trophy is disallowed from winning the Standard team trophy.
  • There will be trophies for individual players with perfect 3.0 scores, but only to those who didn't already win a team trophy (an individual can't win two trophies).
Example:  Team A has 6 players, with point totals of 126, 102, 85, 75, 66, and 55, so their 6-player total is 509 and 5-player total is 454.  Team B has 6 players, with point totals of 105, 102, 90, 60, 45, 34, so their 6-player total is 436, and 5-player total is 402.  Then Team A wins the 6-player team trophies, and Team B wins the 5-player team trophies (since their 5-player total is best of the remaining teams).

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