Kasparov Chess Foundation Presents 49th Annual Greater New York Scholastic
By Richard Kreuger   
December 20, 2014
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Kasparov Chess Foundation Presents 49th Annual Greater New York Scholastic Team and Individual Chess Championships

 
WHEN: Sat., Jan 10 - Sun., Jan. 11, 2015
WHERE: New York Marriott Hotel At The Brooklyn Bridge

New York, NY, Dec. 20, 2014 - The Kasparov Chess Foundation is hosting and sponsoring, in association with Barclaycard, the 2015 Greater New York Scholastic Team and Individual Chess Championships. America's longest-running, rated scholastic chess tournament will take place on Sat. and Sun., Jan. 10th - 11th at New York Marriott Hotel at the Brooklyn Bridge, located at 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (about 5 minutes drive south of the Brooklyn Bridge, near Borough Hall), near subways: Jay Street Metrotech (A, C, F & R trains), Hoyt Street (2 & 3 trains), Borough Hall (4 & 5 trains) and Court Street (R train).

The competition is divided into five 5 or 6-round Swiss-style tournaments with in all fourteen separate sections, over the two-day weekend event. All Varsity sections, including K-1 Varsity, will be over two days: 3 rounds on Saturday January 10 and 3 rounds on Sunday January 11!  Varsity section games start at 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm both days. Awards ceremonies at about 6:30 pm Sunday (possibly earlier).

Non-Varsity section rounds start at 10 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 3 pm and 4:30 pm Saturday or Sunday. Awards ceremonies at about 6 pm.  Varsity section eligibility is not limited by rating. The other sections are limited as their names indicate. See here for more details about the rating based section eligibility rules.

Ideal for the beginner as well as top-rated competitive players, non-Varsity games are 30 minutes per player + 5-seconds delay per move. Varsity games are 60 minutes per player + 10-seconds delay per move. (Non-delay clocks get no additional time.) All games are rated by the United States Chess Federation (USCF). The January 2015 USCF Rating List is used (but unofficial ratings at www.uschess.org are usually used if players would otherwise be unrated on the January 2015 official rating list).

Any number of players may participate from a school to help compete for team prizes (2 or more from the same school make a team), but at most the four top-scoring players from the school produce its team score. Players without school teams compete for individual prizes. Prizes are awarded to the top-scoring players and schools. You can win both team and individual prizes.

Online Registration is available at http://www.gnyscc.com/registration.html; $50 per player through Dec. 26,  $57 after that through January 5th (If you enter four or more players from the same school, on the same registration, a discount of $5 per player will be given), $70 per player through January 8th, but no team discount after January 5th. The on site fees are $80 per player (beginning the evening of Friday 9th until 8:30 am on the day of the tournament), and then $100 per player from 8:30-9:00 am.

For answers to any questions, please email us at [email protected] or call 347-201-CCNY (2269). Students are requested to bring clocks, while sets and boards will be supplied by Little House of Chess, http://www.littlehouseofchess.com.

The five tournaments follow:

K-1 CHAMPIONSHIP

2 sections, open to all born after 1/10/07 AND ALSO in grade 1/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: K-1 Varsity, open to all. Trophies to 12 top-scoring players and the top 3 Unrateds. Plaques are also awarded to the top 6 K or below (you can win both a plaque and trophy). 2. Saturday: K-1 Under 500, open to players rated Under 500 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds.

PRIMARY CHAMPIONSHIP

3 separate sections, open to all born after 1/10/05 AND ALSO in grade 3/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: Primary Varsity, open to all. Trophies to the 12 top-scoring players and the top 3 Unrateds. 2. Saturday: Primary Under 1000, for players rated Under 1000 or Unrated. Trophies to top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds. 3. Saturday: Primary Under 400, open to all rated under 400 in or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 players and the top 3 Unrateds.

JUNIOR HIGH CHAMPIONSHIP

3 separate sections, open to all born after 1/10/99 and in grade 9/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: Junior High Varsity, open to all. Trophies to 12 top-scoring players and the top 3 Unrateds. Plaques are also awarded to the top 2 in each grade 4 to 6. 2. Saturday: Junior High Under 1300 for rated players under 1300 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds. 3. Saturday: Junior High Under 700 or Unrated for rated players under 700 or Unrated. Trophies for the top 12 players and the top 3 Unrateds.

ELEMENTARY CHAMPIONSHIP

3 sections, open to all born after 1/10/02 AND ALSO in grade 6/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: Elementary Varsity, open to all. Trophies to 12 top-scoring players and the top 3 Unrateds. 2. Sunday: Elementary Under 1200 for rated players under 1200 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds. 3. Sunday: Elementary Under 700 for rated players under 1200 or Unrated. Trophies for the top 12 players and the top 3 Unrateds.

HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP

3 sections, for players born after 1/10/95 and in grades K-12: 1. Saturday and Sunday: High School Varsity, open to all. Trophies for the 12 top-scoring players and top 3 Unrateds. Plaques are also awarded to the top 2 in each grade 7 to 9. 2. Sunday: High School Under 1700 for Under 1700 rated players or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and top 3 Unrateds. 3. Sunday: High School Under 1400, for rated players Under 1400 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds.

In every tournament, anyone scoring 4 or more in non-Varsity sections, or 5 or more in Varsity, who doesn't win a trophy receives a medal instead! All sections also have trophies for the 3 top scoring teams. Even more prizes, including Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes, can be won! Please check www.gnyscc.com for details.

Barclaycard has for several years now contributed to scholastic chess in multiple countries around the world. The project they focus most of their efforts on is Yes2Chess, with an internet chess server specially for children where a yearly international qualification competition is held. The program starts Monday, January 5th, but schools can join until Friday, February 27th at the latest.

About Kasparov Chess Foundation

Founded by World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, KCF's mission is to bring the many educational benefits of chess to children worldwide by providing a complete chess curriculum and enrichment programs. The Foundation promotes the study of chess as a cognitive learning tool in curricular classes and after-school programs for elementary, middle and high schools, both in the public and private school sectors. The not-for-profit educational organization also organizes tournaments and competitions on a local and national basis. For more information, please visit http://www.kasparovchessfoundation.org.

Contact:  Richard Krueger

                Kasparov Chess Foundation

                (917) 40-0240

                [email protected]n.org