Chess Homeschool

Chess Area & Tournament

Alabama Homeschool Expo
Scholastic Chess Tournament

Where: 201 Tallapoosa St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Open to: All students aged 5-18
Sections: Elementary (ages 5-11), and Middle School and High School (ages 12 -18).
Format: Fast Chess Tournament, no time controls, but players must complete 4 games to be eligible for a trophy.
Registration: On-site registration available
Awards: Participation awards to all players. Trophies to players in first, second and third place in each section.


Is this a knock-out tournament? Do I go home if I lose a game?

No! This is not an elimination tournament, like the NFL play-offs. All players can and should play at least four or more games if possible within the three-hour time frame.

There will be two sections – Primary (ages 5-11) and Youth (ages 12-18)

All players must know how to play a complete game of chess through to checkmate.  Players should be able to comchess2plete each game within 20-30 minutes.  We expect to have space for 28 players and will put you on a waiting list if the tournament spaces fill.  Refunds will be made to those who are on the waiting list and do not get to play in the tournament.

How are the scores determined?

A player gets one point for every game won, half a point for every game drawn, and zero points for every game lost.  A player’s point total for the tournament is found by summing that player’s points. Thus a player who wins one game, draws two games, and loses one game will end up with two points for the tournament ( 1 + .5 + .5 + 0 = 2).

Any player who cannot commit to stay for the entire time should not enter the tournament. The score of any player not completing at least four games will not be eligible for trophy awards but will receive a participation award.  There will be free chess play opportunities at the Caesar Chess booth during the rest of the tournament for those who cannot commit to the tournament schedule.


 How do you pair players?

In general we will attempt to pair players with equal scores when possible, and also to equalize color allocations.  This is a “Fast Chess” tournament, which means that each child plays a game, comes to the Tournament Director (TD) when finished, and will be paired up with another player as soon as another pair with similar scores has finished their game.

This is not a USCF rated tournament. Will you be enforcing USCF rules?

In general, yes, we will be. Exceptions to that are that scorekeeping (taking notation) is not going to be required, and all rules pertaining to scorekeeping will therefore be null and void, and that players will not play with a chess clock. One rule in particular that we will be enforcing is the “touch move/touch capture” rule. This means that if a player touches one of that player’s own pieces in a manner that can reasonably be interpreted as the beginning of a move, then the player will be required to move that piece, if that piece has a legal move. If a player touches an opponent’s piece in a like manner, then the player will be required to capture that piece, if there is a legal way to do so. Note that an accidental touching of a piece, such as brushing it with your shirtsleeve when reaching for another piece, does not constitute a violation of this rule.

While by and large we will be going by USCF rules, we will try to avoid becoming too technical with these rules, and enforcement of other USCF rules will be on a case-by-case basis.


What if I need to leave the tournament early and unexpectedly?

In the event that you decide to leave the tournament early, please notify a tournament director before leaving.  Breaks for use of restroom do not need to inform the TD.

What fundamental rules of chess should I know before participating?

You should know how the pieces move, including the details associated with castling, checking the King, promoting a pawn, and capturing “en passant.” You should be able to recognize an illegal move, as well as checkmate and stalemate. Caesar Chess reserves the right to disqualify from further participation any student who clearly does not know the basic rules of the game.  For example, we will disqualify someone who clearly doesn’t know how a Knight moves, or what is meant by “checkmate.” No refunds of any kind will be given to any player so disqualified. So please be certain that your child can play an entire game correctly according to the rules of chess before signing up for this tournament.

Am I going to be required to keep score?

Scorekeeping (chess notation) will not be required, and we will not be furnishing score sheets, pens or pencils. Players may elect to keep score if they so choose, but they will need to bring their own scorekeeping equipment and must be able to notate their games without slowing down play.  Scorebooks will be available at the Caesar Chess booth prior to the tournament.

Will I have to use a clock for my game?

No clocks will be used or required in any of these games.

What should I do if I have a problem, or I don’t understand something?

If you have a problem or a question about anything during the game, you should raise your hand to summon a tournament director. This cannot be stressed too strongly. Do not take your opponent’s word for anything. Your opponent does not necessarily know the rules any more than you do. The tournament directors are here to answer questions and to solve problems, so please don’t hesitate to get them involved. Once a game is over and both players have agreed to a result, then that result is going to stand, and it is too late for the tournament directors to do anything.