• 2020 46th CalChess Scholastic State Championship

      aka Spring States

      March 13th-15th

      Santa Clara Convention Center (map)
      5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054


      Register Online - Flyer - Entries (coming soon)


      Live Standings and Pairings - on the day of the tournament

      Orientation emails - Coming closer to the event

      Accessibility Announcement

      Dear Players, Parents, Coaches, and Friends:
      Warm welcome to the 46th CalChess State Scholastic Championship at the Santa Clara Convention Center! Enjoy the largest State even that brought together more than 1200 enthusiastic chess players last year. Depending on the player's Grade and Rating - this tournament will either be a 1-day or 2-day event. This year, K to Gr 6 players who are unrated or rated under 500 may play on Saturday or Sunday or play on both days for ½ price on second day (not including play-up fee), where as Gr 4 & 5 players with 800+ rating have the choice of whether they want to go against Gr 6 players or not. We hope that you'll have a great time, and great competition.
      Should you have any question, please don't hesitate to reach out by emailing us.
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      This is a State Tournament authorized by CalChess and US Chess Federation (USCF)!
      The winners of this event will be crowned State Champions!

      Please make sure you have both CalChess & USCF memberships as this is a requirement from both organizations.
      Memberships can be purchased on the registration page.

      Prizes

      +Trophies to all players with a winning record.
      +Medals to all players.
      +Trophies to all schools with 2 or more players.
      +Trophies to all clubs with 2 or more  players.

      A team is TWO (2) or more players from a school or club in the same section.
      Top four players' scores count for the team total.
      (a player can play for both a school team AND and a club team)


      Sections and Schedules

      18 Sections based on Feb 2020 USCF Rating Supplement
      How to determine which section?
      Step 1: Determine player's grade
      Step 2: Determine player's rating
      (Unsure of your rating? Search here: www.bayareachess.com/uscfid)

      Optional Step: Eager to be challenged? Choose to play-up! Select play-up with the section you wish to play up to.

      Still need help? Email us with your player's Grade and USCF ID and we can suggest the best sections for them.
      Don't have a USCF ID? You can purchase it on the registration page.



      1-day sections (u800)
      Grade Sections (Rating) Time
      Control
      Round 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5
      KG Kindergarten (any rating) G/30; d5 9am 11am 1pm 2:30pm 4:30pm
      1 to 3 Rookie (unrated)
      Beginner (100-249)
      Intermediate (250-499)
      Junior Varsity (500-799)
      G/30; d5 9am 11am 1pm 2:30pm 4:30pm
      4 to 6 Rookie (unrated)
      Intermediate (100-499)
      Junior Varsity (500-799)
      G/30; d5 9am 11am 1pm 2:30pm 4:30pm
      7 to 12 Rookie (unrated) G/30; d5 9am 11am 1pm 2:30pm 4:30pm
      7 to 8 Intermediate (100-799) G/30; d5 9am 11am 1pm 2:30pm 4:30pm
      9 to 12 Intermediate (100-799) G/30; d5 9am 11am 1pm 2:30pm 4:30pm
      2-day sections (800+)
      Grade Sections (Rating) Time
      Control
      Round 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6
      1 to 3 Varsity Championship (800+) G/75; d5 Sat
      9am
      Sat
      12:30pm
      Sat
      3:45pm
      Sun
      9am
      Sun
      12:30pm
      Sun
      3:45pm 
      4 to 5 Varsity Championship (800+)
      (for Gr 4 & 5 players that prefer not to be combined with Gr 6)
      G/75; d5 Sat
      9am
      Sat
      12:30pm
      Sat
      3:45pm
      Sun
      9am
      Sun
      12:30pm
      Sun
      3:45pm 
      4 to 6 Varsity Championship (800+) G/75; d5 Sat
      9am
      Sat
      12:30pm
      Sat
      3:45pm
      Sun
      9am
      Sun
      12:30pm
      Sun
      3:45pm 
      7 to 8 Junior Varsity (800-1199)
      Varsity Championship (1200+)
      G/75; d5 Sat
      9am
      Sat
      12:30pm
      Sat
      3:45pm
      Sun
      9am
      Sun
      12:30pm
      Sun
      3:45pm 
      9 to 12 Junior Varsity (800-1599) G/75; d5 Sat
      9am
      Sat
      12:30pm
      Sat
      3:45pm
      Sun
      9am
      Sun
      12:30pm
      Sun
      3:45pm 
      Varsity Championship (1600+, FIDE) G/90; +30s Sat
      9am
      Sat
      1:30pm
      Sat
      6pm
      Sun
      10am
      Sun
      2:30pm
       -
      Trophy Ceremony around 6pm




      Side Events

      Blitz - Friday evening, March 13th
      Time Control: G/5;d0
      Onsite reg & Check-in: 5:00-5:30p
      Games: 6:00-8:00p
      Sections: K-Gr3, Gr4-6, Gr7-12

      Bughouse - Saturday evening, March 14th
      Time Control: G/5;d0
      Onsite reg & Check-in: 5:30-6:00p
      Games: 6:30-8:30p
      Sections: K-Gr3, Gr4-6, Gr7-12



      Have to miss a round?
      If you have to miss a round, please request a BYE on the registration page.
      Every player can request one 1/2-point bye.
      Byes must be requested before the start of the first round.



Entry Fee - Registration


Online registration will close on March 13th at 3pm.

All further registrations after 3pm (March 13th) will need to be made onsite.
Onsite registration time: Sat/Sun 7:30-8am
No more onsite registrations after 8am.

Grade Date Sections Fees
Kindergarten Sun, 3/15 Kindergarten $53
Gr 1 to 3 Sat, 3/14
and/or
Sun, 3/15
Rookie (unrated)
Beginner (100-249)
Intermediate (250-499)
$53 or $79
Sat, 3/14 Junior Varsity (500-799) $53
Sat, 3/14
and
Sun, 3/15
Varsity Championship (800+) $69
Gr 4 to 6 Sat, 3/14
and/or
Sun, 3/15
Rookie (unrated)
Intermediate (100-499)
$53 or $79
Sun, 3/15 Junior Varsity (500-799) $53
Sat, 3/14
and
Sun, 3/15
Gr 4-5 Varsity Championship (800+)
Gr 4-6 Varsity Championship (800+)
$69
Gr 7 to 12
Sun, 3/15 Gr 7-12 Rookie (unrated)
Gr 7-8 Intermediate (100-799)
Gr 9-12 Intermediate (100-799)
$53
Sat, 3/14
and
Sun, 3/15
Gr 7-8 Junior Varsity (800-1199)
Gr 9-12 Junior Varsity (800-1599)
Gr 7-8 Varsity Championship (1200+)
$69
Sat, 3/14
and
Sun, 3/15
Gr 9-12 Varsity Championship (1600+, FIDE) $75
Side Events
KG-12 Blitz Fri, 3/13 K-Gr 3 Blitz
Gr 4-6 Blitz
Gr 7-12 Blitz
$15
KG-12 Bughouse Sat, 3/14 K-Gr 3 Bughouse
Gr 4-6 Bughouse
Gr 7-12 Bughouse
$15

Other Fees

Play-up fee: +$20 (if you want to play higher section)
For Gr 7-8 Varsity Championship (1200+) & Gr 9-12 Varsity Championship (1600+) sections,
please read: play-up rule.

Calchess membership fee (required): $5
See if your CalChess membership has expired here: www.bayareachess.com/calchess

USCF membership fee (required): $17 / $22 / $26 (based on age)
See if your USCF membership has expired here: www.bayareachess.com/uscfid

Memberships can be purchased/renewed on the registration page.

Late Fee:
3/1-3/7 +$10
3/8-3/10 +$20
3/11-3/13 (3pm) +$30
After 3/13 (3pm) & onsite +$40

Refund/Cancel Fee: $5
starting 3/1 same as current late fee

Change Fee: $5
starting 3/1 half of current late fee


Additional Info


1. Play-ups are subjected to the 200-rating point rule* for Gr 7-8 Varsity Championship (1200+) & Gr 9-12 Varsity Championship (1600+) sections.
If a player that is outside the 200+ range wants appeal to the Chief TD, Tom Langland will listen on a case-by-case basis. But playing up to play tougher opponents, who might be looking for a USCF norm or Junior Grand Prix points, this is not the tournament to do that.
(*Players must be within 200 rating point to the next section, i.e for Gr 7-8 Varsity Championship minimum rating must be 1000, for Gr 9-12 Varsity Championship minimum rating must be 1400)

2. All phones must be turned off all times while in the game room. Players who are found operating a phone while in an active game will be forfeited from their game immediately.

3. ALL electronic recording devices will have to be validated and receive an Authorization Tag before they can be used. This mean ALL devices, Monroi, PlyCount, eNotate and the new ChessNoteR.
The owner should come to a station at the registration area and the attendant will:    
    1) validate the device is an approved device
    2) fill in the form with the information
    3) fill in the Authorization Tag
    4) tape the string of the Authorization Tag to the back of the device with 2” blue tape
    5) hand the user a copy of the regulations.
The owner should have to get their device tagged BEFORE they can use it, so there would be a line before the first round. If the first round starts and the device has not been validated the parent can get it validated, but can’t bring it in until the NEXT round starts or players have to validate during their own game time.
The Chief TD would have some Authorization Tags and a validation form, to handle exceptions as necessary. Floor TDs would be trained to check all devices to ensure they have an Authorization Tag and if not, confiscate the device to the Chief TD. This information will be sent out to the parents, and there will be several of the ERd signs around and a sing designating the Device Validation Station.


Trophy Pick-up

It is always best if you collect the trophy awards at the awards presentation. However, if you can't receive your trophy at the award ceremony, please ask a friend to pick the trophies for you. Alternatively, you may ask us to keep your trophies to be picked up at our office: 2050 Concourse Drive Unit #42, San Jose, CA 95131. Please arrange pickup at ask@bayareachess.com


Team Rooms

Room Area Team
202 614
203 1392 BCS
204 1392 Weibel
205 614 KLC
206 844
207 844 MSJE
208 614 MSC
209 1392 BAC

Organizers and TDs


Chief TDs:
National TD Tom Langland, National TD John McCumiskey
Other TDs:
Senior TD Jordan Langland, Senior TD Richard Koepcke
Arthur Liou, Michael D'Alfonsi, and many others.

Chief Organizer: Salman Azhar

Site & Accomodation


Tournament site:
Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054 (map)
Accessible by VTA, ACE

 
Terms and Conditions
 - Refund policy - Accessibility & Special Accomodation