Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Arizona Qualifiers for Denker, Barber, Rockefeller, and Haring Invitationals

Arizona Qualifiers for Denker, Barber, Rockefeller, and Haring Invitationals

July 11, 2020
Online at Chess.com
The Arizona qualifiers for the Denker, Barber, Rockefeller, and Haring Invitationals will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 on Chess.com and will be directed by the Southern Arizona Chess Association (SACA). The Invitationals are prestigious events held annually in conjunction with the U.S. Open, in which the 51 champions of each state affiliate (and D.C.) compete to determine who will be crowned the champion of champions. This year, the events will be held online on Chess.com. The Denker and Haring will be held July 25-26, 2020, and the Barber and Rockefeller will be held August 1-2, 2020.
Eligibility Information: (players may not play up)
Arizona residents in grades K-5 are eligible to play in the Rockefeller qualifier.
Arizona residents in grades 6-8 are eligible to play in the Barber qualifier.
Arizona residents in grades 9-12 are eligible to play in the Denker qualifier.
Arizona female residents in grades 9-12 are eligible to play in the Haring qualifier.
Grade level based on grade as of 2019- 2020 school year. SACA reserves the right to request documentation to confirm grade level. 
Tournament schedule:
Denker, Haring, Barber
Date
Day 
Time
Format
Link to Register
7/11/20
Saturday
10 am PDT
4 rounds; G/15;+5
https://www.kingregistration.com/event/2020AZQualifiers


Rockefeller
Date
Day 
Time
Format
Link to Register
7/11/20
Saturday
10 am PDT
5 rounds; G/10;+5
https://www.kingregistration.com/event/2020AZQualifiers
Tournament Format:
  • Denker, Barber, Haring: 4 rounds of G/15;+5. Rounds will be paired consecutively after every game is completed from the previous round. There are no breaks between rounds.
  • Rockefeller: 5 rounds of G/10;+5. Rounds will be paired consecutively after every game is completed from the previous round. There are no breaks between rounds.
  • Pairings based on a player's Chess.com rapid rating (not US Chess rating).
  • Tournament paired based on Swiss tournament pairing rules. 
  • Players compete in their respective qualifier.
  • Pairings are done automatically by the Chess.com system and cannot be changed.
  • Tournament will be US Chess Online quick rated (does not affect US Chess OTB ratings). Tournament submitted for rating 3-5 days after the tournament to allow for games to be screened for fair play. 
  • Tournament is expected to last about 2 hours 15 minutes.
Playoff format: If there is no clear winner, playoffs to be held 1 hour after the last round ends.
  • If two players tie, play two games (one each color) at time control of G/15;+2.
  • If results are still tied after two games, then flip coin for color. Play one more game at G/15;+2. Black has draw odds.
  • If three players tie, then swiss pairing, all play all, at time control of G/15;+2. If there is still tie among 3 players, repeat same process; if still a tie with 2 players, then flip coin for color. Play one more game at G/15;+2. Black has draw odds.
  • If there are more than three players that tie, swiss pairing amongst those tied, all play all at time control of G/10;+2. If still tied, then repeat as above.
Registration Details:
  • Open to Arizona residents in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. Please see grade level information to determine the correct qualifier.
  • Entry fee is: $20
  • Register for the tournament at: https://www.kingregistration.com/event/2020AZQualifiers
  • Registration closes at 7 pm  pacific on July 10, 2020.
  • Players must have a Chess.com account (if you do not have one, you must create one to play in the qualifier. A free account is sufficient).
  • Players must also have a current US Chess membership. You can join or renew here
  • You will be invited to the appropriate qualfiier club after registering.
  • Byes cannot be requested.
How to Join a Tournament:
  • Tournament link will be shared the day before the tournament.
  • Tournament link opens 1 hour before the tournament starts.
  • Players are advised to participate in the tournament from a computer. It is not recommended to play on a phone or mobile device.
  • Players are advised to join the tournament 20-30 minutes early. If you join at the last minute it may be too late to resolve any technical issues that you have.
  • Players may be able to join the tournament late, but will receive zero points for any missed rounds. Limited late entry is available but is not guaranteed.
  • The tournament starts at 10 am pacific SHARP. 
  • Reentry is not available.
  • SACA is not responsible for wifi connection or technical issues.
  • Players are required to join the Zoom call for the duration of the tournament in order to be eligible to be named representative.

Practice Tournaments:
  • Players that register for the tournament may also play in SACA's practice tournaments.
  • Practice tournaments give players a chance to learn how to join tournaments, the format of the tournament, and to play some extra games.
  • Practice tournaments are free to participate in.
  • Format is 5 rounds, G/5;+3.
  • Virtual medals are awarded to the top 3 finishers.
  • Practice tournaments are not US Chess rated.
  • Join the SACA club on Chess.com to participate: https://www.chess.com/club/southern-arizona-chess-eastside-chess-club
Date
Day 
Time
Format
Registration link opens 1 hour prior
7/9/20
Thursday
12 pm PDT
5 rounds, G/5;+3
https://www.chess.com/live#t=1311093
7/10/20
Friday
4 pm PDT
5 rounds, G/5;+3
https://www.chess.com/live#t=1311111

Prizes:
Winner of each qualifier (either clear winner or by playoff) will be named Arizona’s 2020 representative and will be eligible to compete in their respective invitational on July 25-26/August 1-2. If the winner of the event cannot participate in the invitationals, the second place winner will be offered the spot. 

Fair Play:
  • SACA will abide by Chess.com Fair Play rules & US Chess policies. US Chess rules & consequences apply.
  • Computers and outside help are not allowed.
  • Tournament games will be reviewed by Chess.com and SACA tournament staff.
  • Players found in violation of Fair Play policies are not eligible to be named the Arizona Representative and will be removed from SACA's club. Chess.com & US Chess consequences may also apply.
  • Parents, please have your player watch ChessKid's Fair Play video and help them understand that it's just not worth it


Sunday, June 21, 2020

SACA Saturday K-8 Online Championship (US Chess Rated) - Sat, June 27th at 1 pm PDT on ChessKid.com!

Southern Arizona Chess Announces
US Chess Rated Online Tournaments
for K-8 Scholastic Players on ChessKid.com!


In partnership with ChessKid.com, Southern Arizona Chess is now offering US Chess rated online tournaments for scholastic players. ChessKid is a safe, secure and positive place for kids to learn and play chess with activities like puzzle solving, videos, playing against their friends and participating in tournaments.

Final Results
Rating Report
Advance Entries

Tournament schedule:
DateDay TimeFormatLink to Register
6/27/20Saturday1 pm pacific4 rounds; G/15;+2https://forms.gle/crgMGP6oy87fNp57A

Tournament Prizes:

1st: $15 Amazon GC
2nd: $10 Amazon GC
3rd: $5 Amazon GC
4th: $5 Amazon GC
Top female (that does not win a GC): Free entry to the next SACA online championship.
  • Participation certificate emailed to all participants.
  • Prizes will be emailed 3-5 days after the tournament to allow for games to be screened for fair play.
  • Ties for GCs will be split between winners.

Tournament Format:
  • 4 rounds of G/15;+2. Rounds will be be paired consecutively after every game is completed from the previous round. There are no breaks between rounds.
  • Pairings based on a player's ChessKid.com Fast Chess rating.
  • Tournament paired based on Swiss tournament pairing rules. 
  • Players compete in one section.
  • Pairings are done automatically by the ChessKid.com system.
  • Tournament will be US Chess Online quick rated (does not affect US Chess OTB ratings). Tournament submitted for rating 3-5 days after the tournament to allow for games to be screened for fair play. 
  • Tournament is expected to last about 2 hours 15 minutes.
  • To get the most out of your online tournament experience, it's really important that you are completely prepared. Please follow our checklist.

Registration Details:
  • Open to all players in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade.
  • Not limited to southern Arizona residents.
  • To register for the tournament, fill out the Google form or use the form below.
  • Registration closes at 9 am pacific on the day of the tournament.
  • Entry fee can be paid here: https://www.paypal.me/sazchess
  • Or, you can receive a link from Paypal to pay the $15 registration fee.
  • Once the payment has been made you will receive confirmation you've been added to the tournament.
  • Players must have a ChessKid account (if you do not have have one, SACA will provide a free account to you).
  • Players must have a current US Chess membership. You can join or renew here
  • You will be added to a special ChessKid club for the tournament.
  • Byes cannot be requested.

How to Join a Tournament:
  • How to join a Fast Chess tournament
  • Tournament link will be shared the day before the tournament.
  • Tournament link opens up 15 minutes before the tournament starts.
  • Players must have filled out the Google form and paid the entry fee to receive the link.
  • Players are advised to participate in the tournament from a computer. It is not recommended to play on a phone or mobile device.
  • Players may be able to join the tournament late, but will receive zero points for any missed rounds. Limited late entry is available but is not guaranteed.
  • The tournament starts at 1 pm pacific SHARP. 
  • Reentry is not available.
  • SACA is not responsible for wifi connection or technical issues.
  • To get the most out of your online tournament experience, it's really important that you are completely prepared. Please follow our checklist.
Practice Tournaments:
  • Players that register for the Saturday scholastic tournament may also play in SACA's practice tournaments held each Tuesday and Thursday at 11 am pacific.
  • Practice tournaments give players a chance to learn how to join tournaments, the format of the tournament, and to play some extra games.
  • Upon registering for the Saturday tournament, players will be added to the SACA ChessKid club to play in the practice tournaments.
  • Practice tournaments are free to participate in.
  • Format is 5 rounds, G/5;+5.
  • Virtual medals are awarded to the top 3 finishers.
  • Tournaments are announced by email, ChessKid club message, and Facebook.
  • Practice tournaments are not US Chess rated.
DateDay TimeFormatRegistration link opens 15 min prior
6/23/20Tues11 am PDT5 rounds; G/5; +5https://www.chesskid.com/play/fastchess#t=39603
6/25/20Thu11 am PDT5 rounds; G/5; +5https://www.chesskid.com/play/fastchess#t=39663

Fair Play:
  • SACA will abide by ChessKid Fair Play rules & US Chess policies. US Chess rules & consequences apply.
  • Computers and outside help are not allowed.
  • Tournament games will be reviewed by ChessKid and SACA tournament staff.
  • Players found in violation of Fair Play policies are not eligible for any prizes and their ChessKid account will be removed from SACA's club. ChessKid & US Chess consequences may also apply.
  • Parents, please have your player watch ChessKid's Fair Play video and help them understand that it's just not worth it!
Questions: Email michelle-martinez@comcast.net

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

High Schoolers and Adults, Join SACA on Chess.com!


SACA's ChessKid tournaments have been a huge hit! Now, we want to offer something for high schoolers and adults, too!
Join our club on Chess.com: SACA Chess.com Club
Please share the link with family and friends to help our club grow! Be on the lookout for fun online events coming your way soon 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Join Southern Arizona Chess Association on ChessKid.com!

Southern Arizona Chess Association will now offer tournaments online for kids!
If you are pre-K through 8th grade, create your FREE account on ChessKid with SACA's group link to join our club. Our club is not limited to southern Arizona kids, so please share - the more kids we have, the more fun events we can hold!
https://www.chesskid.com/register/kid/group/LUHJ9F

Be sure to use SACA's special link so that you are added to our Club.
Stay tuned for more information on tournament times and possible other fun online events!
If you already have a ChessKid account and would like to join SACA's club, email michelle@chesskid.com with your username to be added.


Friday, March 13, 2020

*Cancellation of Regional Qualifier 2 - March 21, 2020*


Southern Arizona Chess Association (SACA) must unfortunately announce that the 2020 Regional Qualifier 2, scheduled March 21, 2020, at Harelson Elementary School has been cancelled.
By recommendation of Tucson Mayor Regina Romero’s recent statement that “..events with expected attendance of at least 50 people should be postponed”, SACA’s board of directors met this week and the decision to cancel was unanimous. The City of Tucson’s guidelines are in place until at least March 31, 2020.
SACA fully supports that the health, safety, and well-being of all players, parents, extended family members, coaches, and tournament staff supersedes holding this next tournament. We do hope to reschedule the tournament and will continue to monitor our local, state, and federal government recommendations, but do not have a date at this time.
The SACA Board of Directors understands that this will impact players and their opportunity to qualify for the Arizona State Scholastic Chess Championships. We recommend contacting the Arizona Chess Federation (ACFI) with any questions or concerns about qualification requirements.
Refunds will be processed and your full entry fee will be returned. Please contact the SACA board at scholastic@sazchess.org with any questions. We appreciate your understanding.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Important Electronic Device Policy Information For AZ State Grades This Saturday!

Important information for
AZ State Grade Championships this weekend! 

 
SACA will be following the US Chess policy adopted for national events regarding electronic devices for this championship.
Participants (upon starting their game) and spectators (where permitted) must not have on their person in the playing area any cell phone, smart watch, tablet, laptop, or other Internet-enabled device. This includes all electronic scoresheets.
If a player wishes to bring such a device into the tournament hall, the device must be turned off (not placed into “silent” or “airplane” mode) and placed either face-up on the table where the player has a game in progress, or placed into a bag that the player does not carry or open during the game in progress.
Any player that needs an exemption to the policy may email information@sazchess.org for more information.

https://new.uschess.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/US-Chess-Electronic-Device-Policy.pdf

AZ State Grade Championships Registration Information
 
There's still time to register for the main event! Online registration is open until 6p MST on Friday, January 10th.

https://www.events4chess.com/events/?event_ID=1088

On-site registration is Friday 5-8 pm or Saturday 8-9 am.


AZ State Grade Championship Blitz Information
 
On-site registration for blitz is from 5-6 PM on Jan. 10th at the Doubletree Suites Tucson Airport. No phone entries accepted.

Round 1 for blitz will begin at 6:30 PM on Friday, January 10th. Rounds will begin immediately upon completion of previous round.