Center for Mathematics and Science Education

The University of Mississippi

In response to the rapidly evolving situation with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), administration at the University of Mississippi has instructed that “all university-sponsored events and large on- and off-campus gatherings be canceled or postponed until further notice.”
Due to the uncertainty of these dates, the Mississippi Girls State Chess Championship has been canceled.

MISSISSIPPI GIRLS STATE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

Hosted by the Mississippi Chess Association in partnership with the Center for Mathematics and Science Education and the Division of Outreach Pre-College Programs at the University of Mississippi.

Date: CANCELED, 2021 Date Coming Soon

Location: The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

Grades: K – 12

Cost: $20 (After March 21st – $30)

The Mississippi Girls State Chess Championship is a United States Chess National Qualifying Event for the Ruth Haring National Girls Tournament of Champions (RHNGTOC) and the 17th Annual Susan Polgar Foundation (SPF) Girls’ Invitational.

The Mississippi Girls State Chess Championship is an annual chess tournament for students in the state of Mississippi and welcomes students of any level of play to compete in a fun and exhilarating atmosphere on the Ole Miss campus.

Mississippi Residents Only – The Mississippi Girls State Chess Championship is an officially rated US Chess tournament. US Chess membership is required except for those playing in the unrated reserve section. Student US Chess memberships can be purchased at https://secure2.uschess.org/webstore/member.php.

All chess equipment will be provided. Keeping score by notation is required.

Tournament registration will begin at 8:00AM and will end at 8:45AM at the Jackson Avenue Center. All players must check-in at the registration table before competing. Round One will begin promptly at 9:00AM.

Lunch will NOT be provided. List of nearby lunch options will be available.


The following are the divisions based on the Swiss System Tournament: NGTOC and SPF Invitational Qualifying Section K-12 Championship, K-8 Championship (Non-qualifying), and Unrated Reserve Section (Non-qualifying). If the first place winner of the K-12 Championship Division is not able to play in these tournaments, the second place finisher (alternate) will be eligible for the tournaments.

K-12 & K-8 Schedule: 5 Rounds no elimination. The first two rounds will be played at the time control game in 60 with a 30 second increment added to the players’ clock after each move. The last three rounds will be played at the time control game in 90 with a 30 second increment.

Saturday, March 28th:
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, March 29th:
Round 4: 9:00 AM  G/90  inc/30, Lunch, Round 5: 2:00 PM  G/90  inc/30

Unrated Reserve Schedule: 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

Saturday, March 28th:
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 or trophies will be given for the top 3 finishers in each section.

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