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2022 Maryland State Scholastic Championships

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The official MD State Scholastic Championship Tournament!  

Magnus Chess Academy in partnership with the Maryland Chess Association

Grades K-12
Saturday, May 21st 2022
Damascus High School, 25921 Ridge Rd, Damascus, MD 20872

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This tournament is only open to players who live or attend school in Maryland.

This tournament has eight different sections for players depending on their age and skill.  Participants play only against opponents in their own section.  The tournament begins at 9:20am for all sections.

Players in the championship sections will play four rounds at 9:30am, 11:45am, 2:00pm, and 4:15pm, with an awards ceremony starting at approximately 6:30pm.  The time control is game in 60 minutes with a 5 second delay.

Players in the "under" sections will play five rounds at 9:30am, 10:40am, 11:45am, 12:50pm, and 2:00pm, with an awards ceremony starting at approximately 3:00pm.  The time control is game in 25 minutes with a 5 second delay.  These are strongly recommended for players in their first in-person tournament.

 

* All sections are non-elimination, and all players participate in all rounds
* This tournament is US Chess rated!  If you have a US Chess ID# and membership, please include it.  If you don't have one, we will purchase it for you ($17 value!).  If you're not sure what your ID# is you can look it up here
* Trophies to the top players and teams in each section


High School Championship
The official Maryland State High School Championship!  The winner qualifies for the Denker National Tournament of High School State Champions.  Players must be in grades 9-12 and rated at least 1150 to participate, unless they have requested permission to play up, which you can ask for here.

High School Under 1200
For players who are in grades 9-12 rated under 1200 or who are unrated.

Middle School Championship
The official Maryland State Middle School Championship!  The winner qualifies for the Barber National Tournament of Middle School State Champions.  Players must be in grades 6-8 and rated at least 950 to participate, unless they have requested permission to play up, which you can ask for here.

Middle School U-1000
For players who are in grades 6-8 rated under 1000 or who are unrated.


Elementary School Championship
The official Maryland State Elementary School Championship!  The winner qualifies for the Rockefeller National Tournament of Elementary School State Champions.  Players must be in grades 4 or 5 and rated at least 750 to participate, unless they have requested permission to play up, which you can ask for here.

Elementary School U-800
For players who are in grades 4 or 5 rated under 800 or who are unrated.

Primary School Championship

The official Maryland State Primary School Championship!  Players must be in grades K-3 and rated at least 550 to participate, unless they have requested permission to play up, which you can ask for here.

Primary School U-600
For players who are in grades K-3 rated under 600 or who are unrated.

Online registration is $45 before 9:30am on Monday, 5/16.  From then until Friday 5/20 at noon online registration is $60.  From noon on Friday 5/20 until 8:30am on the day of the tournament, registration is $75. After 8:30am on 5/21 it is $90, and players registering after 8:30am on 5/21 will not play the first round, and will receive a first round bye.  Chess sets are provided, but bring a clock if you have one.

The girl with the highest established rating who participates in the event (any section) qualifies for the Haring National Tournament of Girl State Champions.

If 2+ players tie for 1st in a Championship section, then the MD Representative to the U.S. Open Invitationals (Denker, Haring, Barber, & Rockefeller) will be determined by tiebreak.

Covid Safety Guidelines

  • Our rules about masking will follow Montgomery County Public Schools.  At the moment, that means that masks are optional but recommended.
  • Vaccinations are strongly recommended for both parents and participants.
  • If you have, any time after May 17, experienced or displayed any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please do NOT attend. These symptoms include, but are not limited to, fever, respiratory distress, and shortness of breath.
  • If you have, any time after May 17, had any close or direct contact with anyone who is either confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19, please do NOT attend. This includes close or direct contact with anyone who is experiencing or displaying any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Pairings will be posted online to avoid having participants congregate.