DEWEY CHESS CALENDAR
Scholastic Chess Tournaments
do you know whether your child is ready to go to a chess
or she wants to try it (most important of all!)
or she knows the game well enough to checkmate an opponent.
or she is able to deal reasonably well with losing games.
you don't feel like your child is ready yet, that's
fine...there are three or four tournaments during the
school year, so wait until the next one comes around.
a chess tournament like?
register ahead of time through the Dewey Chess Team
registrar. Get the fee to the registrar before (or at)
up and sign in half an hour before the first round.
must be accompanied by an adult through the entire tournament.
Dewey parents typically "kid-pool" for the
day, or parts of the day. The registrar will email a
list of Dewey players who are going to this tournament
to help facilitate kid-pooling. Chances are pretty good
that your child has a friend who will be at this tournament.
are placed in competition levels based on how well they've
done at past tournaments. If they haven't played before,
they are placed in levels based on age.
are posted for the first round. Each child is given
a board number and a B for black or a W for white. The
child (and parent) go into the competition room and
find the board where the child is supposed to play for
everyone is settled, the parents leave the room, and
the children play on their own. There is no need to
watch your child or check on him/her during a round.
In fact, it's probably less distracting to all the players
if you do not.
Directors are available to answer players' questions
during a round. If your child has a question about rules
during a game s/he should raise their hand BEFORE MAKING
ANOTHER MOVE. The games are touch-move; if you touch
a piece, you must move that piece.
the game is finished and the players have agreed on
the result, the players shake hands and say "good
game!" Then they set up their board and report
the result at the scorers' table.
then leave the competition room and return to their
parents. There are usually one or more "skittles"
rooms where food and tables are available. Weather permitting,
kids play outside between rounds. This part of the tournament
is like a big play-date.
all the kids are done with their games, pairings are
determined for the next round. Generally your child
will play another player with the same score. If it's
the third round, and your child has won a game and lost
a game, s/he will play someone else who has won one
and lost one. Every kid plays in every round.
are usually five rounds for the pawn, knight and bishop
groups and four rounds for the rook, queen and king
- After the
last round, there's an awards ceremony.
see our parent resources page
for other info on chess and being a chess parent