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if you have not registered yet, look for a registration table and fill out all the needed forms. If you pre-registered, look for your name on the list that corresponds with your section. Make sure all information is correct, including name, ID #, grade, team, etc.
Having registered, or found your name on a list, you will wait until you hear an announcement like "Pairings are up!" This announcement typically comes within 10 minutes (before or after) the scheduled starting time for the first round.
Find the pairing chart for your section and scan the list until you find your name. If it is the name on the right, you will be playing the Black pieces. If on the left, you will be White. Now, look for a number at the far left. This is your Board Number. Go there, sit on the proper side of the board and wait for your opponent. When he/she arrives, introduce yourself and make sure your opponent's name matches the name you saw across from yours on the pairing chart. When the TD (tournament director) announces that it is time to start, shake your opponent's hand and begin your game. During the game, spectators typically wait outside the playing hall. When the game is finished, the players reset the board, record the result on the pairing chart, and leave the playing hall.
Throughout the day, the TD will post at lest two lists of information about the tournament. A quick guide:
Usually lists the players in order of rating and tells how they have done so far. "W 32" means "White against player # 32." The wall charts are cumulative, which means that if a player had a "2" under the above "W 32" and had already shown a "2" in the previous round, he/she had not gained a point, but rather had lost the game to player # 32.
Lists the players in order of points earned thus far in the tournament. Most computer programs list the players in descending rating order within a score group. In other words, if a 1200 and 900 both had 3 points, the 1200 would be listed above the 900. On the Standings List, "W" is a win, "L" is a loss, and "D" a draw.
Neither player has enough pieces for mate. This could be King and Bishop vs. King, King and Knight vs. King, or simply King vs. King.
A player (whose turn it is to move) is left with no legal moves but is not in check.
Both players agree on a draw. The proper way to offer a draw is to make your move, make the offer, then push the clock.
The exact same position is repeated three times (with the same player on move). The moves don't have to be consecutive.
Nothing is captured and no pawns are moved during a span of 50 moves. This typically happens when a player doesn't know how to mate with a King & Rook.
If either player notices that both players have run out of time (before mate on the board), the game is declared a draw.
If a player runs out of time, but the opponent is left with no mating material (in such a position that mate will be impossible for that person), the game is a draw.
If a player has a position in which "a Class C player could hold a draw against a master, with both having ample time," that player can stop the clock and declare a draw. If a director disagrees, he can penalize the player making the claim or place a time-delay clock on the board (after splitting the claimant's time in half with no more than two minutes).
A tournament announcement will typically let you know "Trophies to the top X players in each division." This simply means that the top X players with the best final scores (wins + 1/2 x draws) earn trophies.
Often there are awards for the top-scoring player in certain categories, i.e., 1st graders, players rated under 600, unrated players, etc. To see how your chances are in those categories, check the wall charts to see the scores of your competition.
Team trophies for this event are determined by adding the scores of the four top-scoring players on the team in any particular section. For most state championships, it is the top four players.
Evaluates the strength of a player's opposition by summing the final scores of his opponents, but discards the lowest scoring opponent.*
Same as Modified Median, but does not drop any scores
Don't be surprised if a player who earned a trophy lost to a player with the same score who did not!
* This is for players scoring over 50%. For those at exactly 50%, both the highest and lowest scoring opponents' scores are discarded. For players scoring below 50%, only their highest-scoring opponent's score is discarded. Got it?
Junior Varsity Sections: 5x2SS (5 double rounds), G/30.
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