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5th Annual Mid-Atlantic Grade Chess Championships
Saturday 19 January 2019, 09:30am - 05:00pm
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Open to all K - 12 players from anywhere

Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Poly High School) & Western High School
1400 W. Cold Spring Lane (off I-83)
4600 Falls Road (for local commuters east of Falls Rd.)
Baltimore, MD 21209

Skittles Rooms: Western HS's Cafeteria & Auditorium
Tournament Rooms: Poly HS's Cafeteria (adjoining Western HS's Cafeteria) & Room A-28 (older players only)

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

Section & Grade US-Chess Rating Rounds Time Control Individual
11th & 12th any rating or unrated 5SS G35 d5 * **
9th & 10th any rating or unrated 5SS G35 d5 * **
8th any rating or unrated 5SS G30 d5 * **
7th any rating or unrated 5SS G30 d5 * **
6th any rating or unrated 5SS G30 d5 * **
5th any rating or unrated 5SS G25 d5 * **
4th any rating or unrated 5SS G25 d5 * **
3rd any rating or unrated 5SS G25 d5 * **
2nd any rating or unrated 5SS G25 d5 * **
K & 1st any rating or unrated 5SS G25 d5 * **


8:15 - 9:00 Players, parents, & coaches settle in the skittles room(s) and then help set up boards & pieces in the tournament room(s).
9:00 - 9:10 Pairing notification: individual pairings texted & emailed; pairing sheets taped beneath section headings & beside wallcharts.
9:10 - 9:20 Players to their board in the tournament room(s). Parents & coaches are welcome.
9:20 - 9:30 Tournament announcements. Parents & coaches are welcome.
9:30 Round 1 begins for all sections. Parents & coaches return to the skittles room(s).
Scheduled Rounds
Section & Grade
Awards Ceremony
9th - 12th 9:30 11:00 12:30 2:00 3:30 5:00 — or sooner ***
6th - 8th 9:30 10:45 12:00 1:15 2:30 3:45 — or sooner ***
3rd - 5th 9:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 1:30 2:30 — or sooner ***
K - 2nd 9:30 10:15 11:00 11:45 12:30 1:15 — or sooner ***


#SS # of rounds in which a player plays 1 game against an opponent determined by Swiss-system pairings (SS)
G# Base time: # of minutes per game (G) each player has to complete all of the player's moves
d# Delay time: # of seconds of delay (d) that elapse before a player's base time begins to elapse, when the player is on move
* Trophies: top ≈ 25% of players or players with ≈ ≥70% of available points (3.5+/5, 2.8+/4)
** Trophies: top ≈ 40% of teams or teams with ≈ ≥50% of available points (10+/20, 8+/16)—based on top (highest-finishing) 4 players
*** Each section's separate awards ceremony will begin ASAP after its final round has ended.


The individual & team winners (or co-winners) of each grade's section will be the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Grade Chess Champion for that grade.

Registration Fee for Tournament (extra for US-Chess membership)

      • To register for this tournament (starting 1 month beforehand), click on Register at bottom of page.
      • To register for any upcoming tournament run by MD Chess, click on View All Events at bottom of page.
      • If player's US-Chess membership will be current, then select 1st option for Registration Type: Tournament Registration (player's US-Chess membership will be current / will not have expired).
      • If player will lack current US-Chess membership, then select 2nd option for Registration Type: Tournament Registration & US-Chess Membership (new or renewal).
      • $20—Tuesday, 2019.01.15, if completed by 11:59 PM (Early)
      • $40—Thursday, 2019.01.17, if completed by 11:59 PM (Regular)
      • $60—Saturday, 2019.01.19, if completed by 8 AM (Last-Minute: ½-point bye possible in Round 1)
      • $80—Saturday, 2019.01.19, 8 - 9 AM (At-the-Door: if space is available; ½-point bye likely in Round 1)

This tournament is supported generously by the Baltimore Kids Chess League.

Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys is within walking distance (18 minutes) of the tournament site.

Registered Players & Wallcharts

      • Individuals (Attendees)includes players registered currently (updated automatically)
        After clicking on the link above, click on Attendees beneath a specific scholastic tournament. At the top of the page, enter into the Search bar the player's first or last name (but not both), or the purchaser's first or last name (but not both). Or, at the bottom of the page, change the # of players displayed to All ; sort by clicking on Player's Name, Purchaser's Name, etc.
      • Individuals (alphabetically)includes players registered by 2019.01.18 02:10—177 players
      • Individuals (by section)includes players registered by the date & time above
      • Teams (by section)includes players registered by the date & time above

US-Chess Membership

      • To compete in this US-Chess-rated tournament, a player must have a US-Chess membership that is current (not yet expired).
      • If a player has ever been a US-Chess member, then the player has a permanent US-Chess ID # that must be entered during tournament registration: player's US-Chess ID # and membership expiration date.
      • If a player will lack a current US-Chess membership during the tournament, then select the 2nd option for Registration Type during tournament registration: Tournament Registration & US-Chess Membership (new or renewal). (Until MD Chess processes purchases of US-Chess memberships, a new member's US-Chess ID # will be listed as TBD [To Be Determined ] in the wallcharts listed above. MD Chess might wait until the day of the tournament to process those purchases.)
      • During the tournament a player who lacks a current US-Chess membership is ineligible to play, will not be paired in any round, & will receive a 0-point bye in all rounds, until the player purchases a US-Chess membership, by filling out MD Chess's US-Chess-membership form in the Tournament Directors' room.

For Which Section Should a Player Register?

Registering for the Tournament

Do Players Need to Bring Anything?

      • Players do not need to bring any equipment. MD Chess will provide all necessary supplies: boards, pieces, notation sheets (for recording moves), and pencils. (Players are encouraged to bring sharpened pencils with erasers, because MD Chess's pencils lack erasers and might have dull points.)
      • Players do not need to bring a clock; however, MD Chess encourages them to bring one. MD Chess recommends the DGT North American digital chess clock ($36). Players may not refuse to play with a clock, if either player brings a clock to the board, or if a tournament director (TD) puts a clock on a game. A game may be started without a clock, if neither player brings a clock to the board.
      • Which Electronic Devices (including Notation Devices) May a Player Bring to the Board?
      • Food (pizza, candy, soda, etc.) should be available for purchase at the tournament.

Playing at the Tournament

Results of the Tournament

MD Chess's PROVISIONAL Scholastic-Tournament Calendar 2018-2019

      • The tournament-announcement page of a tournament listed in MD Chess's PROVISIONAL Scholastic Tournament Calendar 2018-2019 might not yet appear at the top of MD Chess's home page, because that tournament is so many months in the future.
      • Nonetheless, one can access that tournament-announcement page by alternate means:
            • On the lower, left side of MD Chess's home page, click on MD Chess's calendar.
            • Click on By Month (at the top of the page) to display all tournaments within a month.
            • Click on All Categories (at the bottom of the page) to display all types of tournaments (major & local scholastic tournaments, major & local open tournaments)—as well as chess camps.
            • Navigate to specific tournaments.

MD Chess's Social-Media Profiles

If the tournament were to be rescheduled or cancelled, then MD Chess would contact you (by email and/or text) and post an announcement at the top of this tournament-announcement page. The tournament will proceed as planned, if MD Chess neither contacts you, nor posts an announcement about a rescheduling or cancellation. Please do not contact MD Chess about a site's hypothetical closing because of dangerous weather, etc. A site closing would be announced separately by the public school's city or county administration, the private school, etc. If the tournament were to be rescheduled, then MD Chess would issue a refund, if a player were to withdraw from the rescheduled tournament. If the tournament were to be cancelled, then MD Chess would automatically issue a refund to all players within 1-2 weeks; there would be no need to inform MD Chess of a player's withdrawal from a cancelled tournament.

For more tournament information, email Maryland Chess at

Location Poly & Western HSs