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MCA Oakdale Scholastic 2015
Saturday 03 January 2015, 09:30am - 05:00pm
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Oakdale Middle School
9840 Old National Pike
Ijamsville, MD 21754

Recent History of the Tournament, Site, and/or Date

Open to all K - 12 players from anywhere.

Players in the Varsity section who are Maryland residents can earn MD-Sweet-16 Varsity Points to qualify for the MD Sweet 16, an annual invitational tournament at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The top 16 players who compete in at least 1 of MCA’s 9 scheduled MD-Sweet-16 qualifying tournaments from September - February, will qualify for the MD Sweet 16 on 03.07-08.2015. The MD-Sweet-16 Champion will receive a 4-year MD-Sweet-16 UMBC Chess Scholarship, currently valued at $41,536. (There are 2 other types of UMBC Chess Scholarships for high-school seniors who reside either inside, or outside Maryland.)

6 SECTIONS

      • Round 1 for all sections: 9:30 AM. Subsequent rounds: as soon as possible.
      • The sections below are listed:
            • primarily in descending order of rating strength;
            • secondarily in descending order of grade range.
      • Elementary-School players rated 100 - 399 or unrated may play either in ES Intermediate or in ES Novice.
      • Players who register for the lower section for which they qualify, enhance their ability to win an individual trophy.

Varsity

      • Rated 1400+
      • Grades K - 12
      • Trophies: top 7 individuals, top under-1500 individual not receiving a place trophy, top 1 team
      • 2-SS, G/90 inc/30 (2-round Swiss system, 90-minute game per player & 30-second increment per move)

Junior Varsity

      • Rated 1100 - 1399
      • Grades K - 12
      • Trophies: top 4 individuals, top under-1200 individual not receiving a place trophy, top 1 team
      • 4-SS, G/60 d/5 (4-round Swiss system, 60-minute game per player & 5-second delay per move)

Advanced

      • Rated 800 - 1099; or strong, unrated high-school players
      • Grades K - 12
      • Trophies: top 6 individuals, top under-900 individual not receiving a place trophy, top 2 teams
      • 4-SS, G/60 d/5 (4-round Swiss system, 60-minute game per player & 5-second delay per move)

Intermediate: High-School & Middle-School

      • Rated under 800, or unrated
      • Grades 6 - 12
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Trophies: top 8 individuals, top under-500 individual not receiving a place trophy, top 3 teams
      • 5-SS, G/45 d/5 (5-round Swiss system, 45-minute game per player & 5-second delay per move)

Intermediate: Elementary-School

      • Rated under 800, or unrated
      • Grades K - 5
      • Trophies: top 6 individuals, top under-500 individual not receiving a place trophy, top 2 teams
      • 5-SS, G/45 d/5 (5-round Swiss system, 45-minute game per player & 5-second delay per move)

Novice: Elementary-School

      • Rated under 400, or unrated
      • Grades K - 5
      • Trophies: top 6 individuals, top under-200 individual not receiving a place trophy, top 2 teams
      • 5-SS, G/30 d/5 (5-round Swiss system, 30-minute game per player & 5-second delay per move)

54 Trophies: 43 Individual & 11 Team

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Registered Players

Tournament Registration Fee

      • $15 (Early), if completed by 11:59 PM, Tuesday, 12.30.2014 (online or received mail)
      • $20 (Regular), if completed by 7 PM, Thursday, 01.01.2015 (online)
      • $35 (Last-Minute), if completed by 6 AM, Saturday, 01.03.2015 (online) (half-point bye possible in Round 1)
      • $45 (At-the-Door), 8:30 - 9 AM, Saturday, 01.03.2015 (only if space is available; half-point bye likely in Round 1)

Registration by Mail

      • Include: player's name, USCF ID #, USCF expiration date, section, grade, school, phone #, email address, & check (written in ink & made payable to Maryland Chess Association).
      • Mail to: Maryland Chess Association, 1827 Thornton Ridge Road, Towson MD 21204-1841.

US Chess Federation Membership

      • Players must have a current USCF membership at USCF-rated tournaments; MCA tournaments are USCF-rated.
      • Players without a current USCF membership are ineligible to play and will not be paired. They will receive a half-point bye in Round 1 and 0-point byes in subsequent rounds, until they purchase a new USCF membership or renew an expired one. Half-point and 0-point byes reduce a player's ability to win an individual trophy and a school's ability to win a team trophy.
      • A USCF membership can be purchased online or by mail, along with registration for the tournament. If you’re purchasing by mail, then include: player's name, date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy), home address, gender, and USCF ID # (if available). Select 1 of the options listed below [ages refer to the member’s age on the day of the tournament]:
            • ages 1 - 12, $17, Scholastic: Regular (12 months), Chess Life for Kids (online)
            • ages 13 - 15, $22, Youth: Regular (12 months), Chess Life for Kids (online)
            • ages 16 - 24, $26, Young Adult: Regular (12 months), Chess Life (online)

Which Players Are Required to Record Their Games?

      • Players in grades 4 - 12 must record (notate) their games, unless they are unable to. K - 3 players in all sections are exempt from the recording requirement.
      • Recording affords several benefits:
            • it helps to resolve disputes;
            • it discourages cheating;
            • it enables players to improve their skills through post-game analysis.

Do Players Need to Bring Anything?

      • Players do NOT need to bring any equipment. MCA will provide all necessary supplies: boards, pieces, scoresheets (for recording), and pencils. (MCA’s pencils might be dull and do not have erasers. If you want a sharp pencil with a good eraser, then bring your own.)
      • Players do NOT need to bring a clock; however, we encourage them to bring one. A game may be started without a clock, if neither player brings a clock to the board. Clocks can be purchased at the tournament.
      • Food (pizza, candy, soda, etc.) can be purchased at the tournament.

How to Register Online for an MCA Scholastic Tournament

Which USCF Rating Determines the Section(s) in which a Player May or Must Play?

MCA’s Scholastic Team Policy

MCA’s Scholastic Bye Policy

MCA's Refund Policy & Fees for Registration Changes

Tournament Announcements before Round 1 & Section Schedules

Procedures, Rules, and Etiquette for Players and Spectators at an MCA Scholastic Tournament

Increment Time Control for the Varsity Section

Even when More Than 1 Player in a Section Can Achieve a Perfect Score, There Will Be No Major Variations; However, There Might Be Minor Variations. The following might be changed for any section, according to the number of players in the section: whether there are natural pairings (the norm at a Swiss-system tournament) or accelerated pairings in Rounds 1-2, and the number of trophies. In the rare instance of a section having an exceptionally low turnout, it might be merged with another section.

Tournament Results
Current Standings: Individuals (all individual scores in all sections on 1 screen) (live results updated every 60 seconds)
Current Standings: Teams (all team scores in all sections on 1 screen) (live results updated every 60 seconds)
Final Standings: MCA's Crosstables (tied players in order, according to tiebreak—ORDER of TROPHIES)
Final Standings: USCF's Crosstables (tied players in order, according to subsequent unpublished rating)

How MCA Determines the Individual Winner of a Section when There’s a Tie for First Place

How to Find a Player’s New USCF Rating after an MCA Scholastic Tournament

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Location Oakdale MS
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