Center for Mathematics and Science Education

The University of Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI GIRLS JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 & Sunday, March 29, 2020

Location: The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

Grades: K – 12th

Cost: $15 per Student

Registrations Opens: January 5, 2020

Registrations Due: March 20, 2020

This championship is hosted by the Mississippi Chess Association in cooperation with the Center for Mathematics and Science Education and the Division of Outreach at the University of Mississippi.

The Mississippi Girls Junior Chess Championship is a United States Chess National Qualifying Event for the National Girls Tournament of Champions (NGTOC) and the 16th Annual Susan Polgar Foundation (SPF) Girls’ Invitational

This is an annual chess tournament for students in the state of Mississippi and neighboring schools in the Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee areas. This tournament welcomes all students of any level of play to compete in a fun and exhilarating atmosphere on the Ole Miss campus.

The chess tournament is set up according to USCF Divisions with all sections playing five (5) Swiss-paired rounds of G30/d5, followed by a blitz tournament (G5/d0).

Current USCF membership is required for players in the K-8 and K-12 divisions. Membership registrations will be available on-site or you can register online at http://secure2.uschess.org/webstore/member.php.

In order to register for this championship, individuals must:

Be a US Chess member – the Mississippi Girls Junior Chess Championship is an officially rated US Chess Tournament. Student membership is available at USCHESS.ORG.

Register for the championship by completing the MS Girls Junior Chess Championship Registration Form (this form will open on January 5, 2020).

Submit the payment of the $10 entry fee. If the payment is not received by April 1st, the cost of the entry fee will be $20. Checks should be mailed to: Mississippi Chess Association, PO Box 175, Meadville, MS 39653.

Tournament registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 9:00 a.m. at the Jackson Avenue Center. All players must check-in at the registration table before competing. Round One will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.

The matches for the first round will be randomly selected. This will be a Swiss Movement so for Rounds Two-Five players will play others closer to their skill level (based on their record in this tournament). After Round Five, the player with the most wins is the champion.

Lunch will not be provided.

DIVISIONS
The following are the divisions based on the Swiss System Tournament:

K-12: NGTOC and SPF Qualifying Section: ​
5 Rounds no elimination. The first two rounds will be played at the time control game in 60 with a 30 second increment to the players clock added after each move. The last three rounds will be played at the time control game in 90 with a 30 second increment.

K-8: Non-Qualifying Section
5 Rounds no elimination. The first two rounds will be played at the time control game in 60 with a 30 second increment to the players clock added after each move. The last three rounds will be played at the time control game in 90 with a 30 second increment.

K-12: USCF Rated
4 rounds no elimination. All rounds played at the time control game in 45 with a 5 second increment to the players clock added after each move.

K-12 Qualifying & K-8 Non-Qualifying:
Saturday:
8:30AM – Registration
Round 1: 9:00 AM  G/60  inc/30
Lunch
Round 2: 1:00 PM  G/60  inc/30
Round 3: 4:00 PM  G/90  inc/30

Sunday:
Round 4: 9:00 AM  G/90  inc/30
Lunch
Round 5: 2:00 PM  G/90  inc/30

Unrated Reserve Section:
Saturday:
Round 1: 9:00 AM
Round 2: 10:45 AM
Round 3: 1:00 PM
Round 4: 2:45 PM

Awards Ceremony to follow last round or tiebreaks.

Plaques and/or trophies will be given for the top 3 finishers in each section.

First, second and third place winners in each section will be awarded a scholarship for the One-Week Non-Credit programs (OW) or for the Summer College for High School Students (SCHS) (Sr. Junior High Students). These scholarships are made possible through the Office of Pre-College Programs at the University of Mississippi. More information can be found at the Office of Pre-College Programs Summer Programs Financial Aid Webpage – under “For Rising Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, Freshman, and 8th Graders”.

For additional information, please contact:

Address: CMSE, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848

Phone: (662) 915-6621

Fax: (662) 915-1762

Email: cmsek12stem@go.olemiss.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

If the first place winner is not able to play in these tournaments, the second place finisher (alternate) will be eligible for the tournaments.

Yes, the Mississippi Girls Junior Chess Championship is an officially rated US Chess Tournament. US Chess membership is required and student membership is available at https://secure2.uschess.org/webstore/member.php.

Yes, the Mississippi Girls Junior Chess Championship is an officially rated US Chess Tournament. US Chess membership is required and student membership is available at https://secure2.uschess.org/webstore/member.php.

All chess equipment will be provided. Players have the option to use their own equipment within regulation, if desired. Keeping score by notation is required.

One half-point bye only is available for the first four rounds and must be requested before the start of the previous round.

Tiebreaks for first place will be determined by two G/10 inc/5 quick games to be played at the end of the 5th In the event of a tie with three or four players, a single round robin of G/10 inc/5 will be played. In the event of a tie from the quick games, an Armegeddon match(es) of G/10 will be played at draw odds for black determined by bid.  If necessary, tie break for third place to determine award recipient will be determined using the following system(s):  1. Modified Mean 2. Solkoff 3. Cumulative 4. Cumulative Opponent’s Score