Chessplayers from 2nd-12th grades, of all abilities, are invited to play in the....
2019 Grand Prix Chess Tournaments
Play in one, some, or all eight:
Hot Summer Chess I --- Thursday, June 20
Hot Summer Chess II -- Thursday, June 27
Hot Summer Chess III - Thursday, July 11
Hot Summer Chess IV - Thursday, July 18
Hot Summer Chess V -- Thursday, July 25
Hot Summer Chess VI - Thursday, August 1
Hot Summer Chess VII - Thursday, August 15
Hot Summer Chess VIII - Thursday, August 22
Ferndale Public Library --- 2125 Main Street, Ferndale -- map here
Check-in: From 5:45 - 5:59pm sharp, at each tourney.
All Grand Prix players must check-in before 6:00 in order to play.
Due to pairing restrictions, late arrivals cannot be accommodated, sorry.
So, plan to get there early!
Entry fee: Free!
Energy fee: Everyone, help set up tables, chairs, boards, sets, clocks, and board numbers. Thanks!
Grand Prix Prizes: When summer ends, trophies to the Top Five (see below).
The 2019 Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix rated tournaments are open to any 2nd-12th grade players that desire to play competitive NWSRS rated tournament games. Beginner players are welcome! You need to learn the rules of chess before you arrive. Learn or review the rules of chess here (web page) or here (video) if you wish. Freshly graduated H.S. seniors are welcome to play also.
Players will be placed in different playing groups of approximately equal playing ability based on the latest NWSRS ratings. Players will play in 4 player (usually) "Quad" sections. These feature three games, no elimination, with a time control of Game/25 minutes with five second delay per player. The tournaments are rated by the NW Scholastic Ratings System, so tournament rules are in effect: if you touch a piece, you must move it.
Experienced players in the top sections will be required to record their moves, so bring a pen or pencil. Score sheets and sets/boards will be provided, but bring a clock if you have one. It's a no elimination tournament, each player can expect to play three rated games each evening. With the exception of the highest rated players, all players should be finished with their three games by 9:00pm.
Schedule for each Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix event:
Check-in opens at 5:45 pm and please help with the setup, thank you! Check-in closes at 6:00 pm sharp. Don't be late! The quad format doesn't allow for late entries.
Round 1 - 6:10 pm or asap
Round 2 - 7:00 pm or asap
Round 3 - 7:50 pm or asap
Afterwards, please help with setting the room back to its original layout. Thanks!
Win the Grand Prix!
The top five players who accumulate the most points overall in all eight 2019 Hot Summer Chess tourneys will receive trophies, to be awarded at the conclusion of the final Hot Summer Chess VIII. The top scorer will be declared 2019 Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix Champion.
The Grand Prix formula favors players who play each week, and who are improving, so you could win if you put your mind to it! The current, updated NWSRS ratings will be used in each Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix tourney. (If the NWSRS ratings haven't been updated since the last tourney, SwissSys estimated ratings may be used.)
The Hot Summer Chess tournaments are directed by Randy Kaech, with assistance from All Of You, and sponsored by the Ferndale Public Library.