2017 LA SCHOLASTIC KICK-OFF CHAMPIONSHIP - Sunday, Sept. 3 - Kenner, LA

2017 Louisiana Scholastic (K-12) Kickoff Championship

A One-Day USCF-Rated Individual Event

(NOT A TEAM EVENT)

co-hosted by

THE LOUISIANA CHESS ASSOCIATION

and

CAJUN CHESS

 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2017

1:00 P.M.


LOCATION

Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel
901 Airline Drive
Kenner, LA  70062
(504) 469-5000
HOTEL RATE:  $99 + tax, ask for chess rate!
(hotel is directly across from the New Orleans International Airport)

SECTIONS

OPEN

U900

U500/Unrated*

* Unrated in this section refers to players who have a USCF membership but have not yet played in a rated tournament in order to receive a USCF rating.  USCF memberships may be purchased or renewed at site or on line . . . to renew on line please go to the bottom of this email and click on the appropriate age/memership category.

FORMAT

4SS, G/30 d5

USCF Rated:  4 rounds will be played using Swiss-Sys computer pairings; each opponent has 30 minutes to complete his/her game; digital chess clocks, if available, should be set to Game in 30 minutes with a 5-second delay for each move.   Chess clocks are required for all players EXCEPT in the U500/Unrated section, and if opponent players in the U500 section both agree to play with a clock, we highly encourage them to do so.


PRIZES  

Trophies to the top 5 in each section;
Medals to all non-trophy winners.

ELECTRONIC NOTATION DEVICES  

 There are three electronic chess notation devices which are approved for and allowed in a USCF-rated tournament:  the Monroi, the e-Notate PDA, and the Plycount. You may use any of these devices, but the device must remain on top of the table at all times (you may not hold it under the table in your lap or under the tablecloth). The tournament director has the right to request to see your notation device at any time before, during or after your game.

TIEBREAKS  

USCF-recommended computer tiebreaks will decide trophy and medal placements for winners in each section, if necessary.

BYES (1/2-point)

You may take a 1/2-point bye for any Round. There is a limit of one bye per player for the 4 rounds of the scholastic tournament, and you must commit to take any bye by advising the tournament director or tournament organizer prior to the start of Rd. 1.

  ENTRY FEE

$20 if received by Aug. 27th; $25 thereafter and at site.

PRE-REGISTRATION

(Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express & PayPal accepted)
On-line: 
You may register with a credit card on-line at  by clicking on the following: 

Louisiana Scholastic Kickoff Championship

By Phone: 
You may register with a credit card by phone at (504) 208-9596 or (504) 905-2971.
By Mail:
You may send a check with registration info to:
Cajun Chess
12405 Hillary Step Dr.,
Olive Branch, MS   38654
 If you wish to mail in your entry with a check (or credit card info), please be sure to include the player's name, full address, phone number, email contact, USCF I.D. number, school, grade, date of birth and section in which he will be playing.

 ON-SITE REGISTRATION

You may register on-site from 12 - 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3rd. Once registration is closed at 12:30 p.m. you may still register but you will receive a 1/2-pt. bye for Round 1, and you will be paired for Round 2 and all later rounds. No checks accepted at site (cash or credit cards only).
FIRST ROUND STARTS AT 1:00 p.m.

MISCELLANEOUS INFO 

  • Players should bring their chess boards and clocks, if available. All sections except U500/Unr will be required to play with a clock.
  • USCF Tournament rules (i.e., touch move rule) will be enforced for all sections.
  • If a player knows chess notation, it is highly recommended that he notate his games. Individual score sheets will be available to the players.
  • Chess Vendor (Cajun Chess) will be on site.
  • Awards ceremony will be held immediately after the last round.
  • Please bring a sweater or a light jacket as sometimes the hotel ballrooms get very cold.

 FOR QUESTIONS OR MORE INFORMATION

For questions or more info, please call 504-208-9596 or 504-905-2971, OR email

cajunchess@yahoo.com


USCF MEMBERSHIP FEES

 One-year memberships in the U.S. Chess Federation for rated tournament play are as follows:
MEMBERSHIPS: FEES & BENEFITS:
Premium Young Adult:

$35.00 - (Premium Young Adult - age 24 and Under) one-year membership includes 12 issues per year of Chess Life magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Regular Young Adult:

$26.00 - (Regular Young Adult - age 24 and Under) one-year membership includes online access to Chess Life magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Premium Youth:

$30.00 - (Premium Youth - age 15 and Under) one-year membership includes 6 issues of Chess Life magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Regular Youth:

$22.00 - (Regular Youth - age 15 and Under) one-year membership includes online access to monthly Chess Life magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Premium Scholastic:

$25.00 - (Premium Scholastic - age 12 and Under) one-year membership includes 6 issues of Chess Life for Kids magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Regular Scholastic:

$17.00  - (Regular Scholastic - age 12 and Under) one-year membership includes online access to Chess Life for Kids magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.


Thanks . . .

AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AND YOUR CHILD AT THIS ANNUAL SCHOLASTIC KICKOFF EVENT!