McKinney Chess is hosting a 3-round USCF Scholastic Tournament for grades K-12 on Wednesday Feb 29, 2012 4-7:30pm, at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (111 N. Tennessee St). USCF membership is required and special promotional memberships will be offered at the tournament. Preregistration is encouraged and if registered by Feb 25th the entry fee is reduced to $10, otherwise it’s $20 entry fee either on-line or at the door. All individuals must be checked in at the tournament by 4:30pm and the 1st round starts at 4:45pm. Youth Scholarships are available from the Youth Recreation Benefit Fund (a fee assistance program for McKinney residents who qualify for free or reduced school lunch program).
It will be held on the main floor of the McKinney Performing Arts Center in downtown McKinney Wednesday Feb 29th, check in between 4-4:30pm. You can bring in food or purchase something downtown and eat between rounds. There are 4 sections based on grade/skill levels, 3 rounds and the players will play all 3 rounds (non-elimination). Each round has a 1 hour time limit, but most finish in about 20 or 30 minutes and there will be time in between rounds to eat and socialize. There is internet access at MPAC, so feel free to bring a laptop, or mobile device too.The Coffee2 Shop located in downtown McKinney will provide free coffee and specials for the parents.
Trophies will be awarded for top 1st, 2nd, 3rd place for each section, Novice K-3, Novice 4-5, Intermediate and Championship. Team trophies (1st, 2nd, 3rd place) will be awarded for the top combined players scores. Students from Faubion Middle School, Walker Elementary, Finch Elementary, McClure Elementary, Minshew Elementary, Vega Elementary, Glen Oaks Elementary, Valley Creek Elementary are already pre-registered. There are even students coming from outside McKinney ISD to participate from Plano and Allen ISD.
Many of the McKinney areastudents are United States Chess Federation (USCF) members and compete in local tournaments year around. Each USCF member receives a rating that calculates the relative skill of the player. This rating system is the same rating system used to award Grand Master status. (USCF) is the official, not-for-profit US membership organization for chess players and chess supporters of all ages and strengths, from beginners to Grandmasters. The USCF website www.uschess.org has more information on membership and ratings.
McKinney Chess is an affiliate member of the USCF as such, serves the purpose of the Federation to be educational and instructional, to broaden and develop chess as art and recreation, as a significant element of culture in America. McKinney Chess offers a centralized location at the McKinney Performing Arts Center for students of all ages and schools to come together and play chess on a regular basis.
For more information on the tournament, call (214) 620-0527 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for the tournament visit www.McKinneyPerformingArtsCenter.org and click on classes to register.