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US Chess / ChessKid

K-12 Showdown
("Online K-12 Grades")

December 12-13, 2020

 


 

Hosted on ChessKid.com and Chess.com

Grades K-5 will be hosted by ChessKid.com

Grades 6-12 will be hosted by Chess.com

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE!

You do NOT have to have a school team to participate in this event. Individuals without teams are welcome to register. There are team prizes, but this is an individual competition.

Tournament Details

Click below for Tournament Details:

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Awards are provided by Trophies Plus, sponsor of the All-American Team. US Chess and Trophies Plus will ship awards for you at the conclusion of the event. This shipping is FREE to you!

13 Sections: Play only in your Grade.
December rating supplement will be used.
1/2 point bye available any round. Request must be received by close of registration.
Registration will CLOSE at 8pm Eastern time, Friday, December 11. No registrations will be accepted after that time. There will be no exceptions.
A team must have at least two players, although no maximum of players. The top four scores in any section will count for the team score. All players on a team must come from the same school.
This is NOT a National Championship event. First place individual and team winners do NOT earn National Champion titles.
US Chess membership current through December 2020 is required.

Time Control: Game/25+5 (each player has 25 minutes to complete the game with a 5 second increment per move, starting at move 1)

SPECIAL ONLINE PROVISIONS

  • You must read and agree to follow the Chess.com Policies and Terms for the 2020 K-12 Showdown. Entering the tournament is considered acceptance of the Policies and Terms!
  • You will need a valid username on either ChessKid.com (grades K-5) or Chess.com (grades 6-12). DO THIS BEFORE YOU ATTEMPT TO REGISTER FOR THE TOURNAMENT!
  • You will need to set up a member site login on the US Chess website. This article explains how to do that.
  • You will then need to update your ChessKid.com or Chess.com username on your US Chess user dashboard, so that your identity can be validated by the chess server. This article explains how to do that.
  • If you have not done the above four steps, stop and do them before you try to register!
  • You agree to use your "normal" (most widely used, longtime) ChessKid or Chess.com account for the main event and (if held) any associated warm-up events. It is against the Terms of Service for both Chess.com and ChessKid for you to have a second account on either server. If players are found to be competing by using anything other than their normal account, they will be disqualified.
  • Cameras will NOT be required for this event. This is intended to remove as many barriers to participation as possible.
  • The chief tournament director's decisions about forfeiture from the event will be final.
  • The ChessKid.com/Chess.com fair play algorithm, endorsed by the US Chess Executive Board and Ratings Committee, will be in use for all games.
  • Fair play violations will be subject to the same disciplinary process in this event as a cheating violation at a US Chess over-the-board event.
  • Any section affected by a fair play violation will have individual and team standings adjusted using US Chess Rule 28I2.

In order to participate, you must join the US Chess Group on ChessKid.

Click here for new ChessKid account Registrations!
If you have an established ChessKid account, please enter the Group Registration Key from your Settings Page Registration Key: K12Showdown
Contact tournaments@chesskid.com if you have any trouble adding yourself to the Group!

PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES!

Entry Fee: $45 if registered or postmarked by Nov. 23, $60 if registered or postmarked by Nov. 30, $75 if registered by Dec. 11.
Online registration strongly preferred.
Do not mail anything after Nov. 30.
$20.00/entry extra for all phone registrations.
$30 change fee for roster or section changes after Dec. 4.

Schedule for Grades K-5:
Grades K-5 will be played on ChessKid.com
Rounds 1-4 start times (all Eastern): Sat. 12/12 11am - 1pm - 3pm - 5pm
Rounds 5-7 start times (all Eastern): Sun. 12/13 11am - 1pm - 3pm

Schedule for Grades 6-12:
Grades 6-12 will be played on Chess.com
Rounds 1-4 start times (all Eastern): Sat. 12/12 11:30am - 1:30pm - 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Rounds 5-7 start times (all Eastern): Sun. 12/13 11:30am - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Tentative results will be posted online shortly after the last round concludes.

Please note, the results will not be final until the post-event fair play review has concluded. This may take a week or more, due to the number of games.

NOTE: AWARD LIST FINAL AS OF 10/28/2020.

Plaquess: Individual Team
12th Grade Championship Top 20% [plus ties] Top 5
11th Grade Championship Top 20% [plus ties] Top 5
10th Grade Championship Top 20% [plus ties] Top 5
9th Grade Championship Top 20% [plus ties] Top 5
8th Grade Championship Top 20% [plus ties] Top 5
7th Grade Championship Top 20% [plus ties] Top 5
6th Grade Championship Top 20% [plus ties] Top 5
5th Grade Championship Top 20% [plus ties] Top 10
4th Grade Championship Top 20% [plus ties] Top 10
3rd Grade Championship Top 20% [plus ties] Top 10
2nd Grade Championship Top 20% [plus ties] Top 10
1st Grade Championship Top 20% [plus ties] Top 5
Kindergarten Championship Top 20% [plus ties] Top 5

There are no class prizes. We have expanded the number of overall prizes to compensate.

Every player receives a commemorative item!

PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES!

Current US Chess Scholastic Regulations are linked here

These are the 2020-2021 Scholastic Regulations, effective September 1, 2020.

Tournament Information Contact: Pete Karagianis at pete.karagianis@uschess.org. Phone inquiries: 931-787-1234, ext. 189 (may take one business day to return messages).

Click here to register online for the event!

Mail your entries to: US Chess, Attn: 2020 K12 Showdown, PO Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557 or fax to: 931-787-1200.

Here are links to our mail-in entry form, in Word version and PDF version.

Mailing address: US Chess, Attn: 2020 K-12 Showdown, PO Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557 or fax to: 931-787-1200.