• 2018 CalChess Scholastic State Championship
      aka Super States
      April 7th and 8th
      @ Santa Clara Convention Center (map)
      Bughouse: Friday, April 6
      Blitz:
      Saturday, April 7

      Register Online - Flyer

      FAQ&Rules


      Advanced Entries: Alphabetical - Per Section - Per Teams

      Live Standings and Pairings - on the day of the tournament

      Orientation emails & Important communiations -- Coming as we get closer to the event

      Dear Players, Parents, Coaches, and Friends:
      Warm welcome to 43rd CalChess State Scholastic Championship at the Santa Clara Convention Center! Enjoy the largest State even that brings together more than 1100 enthusiastic chess players.
      Depending on Age and Rating - this tournament is either a 1-day or 2-day event for players.
      This year, we'll split the 1-day sections between Saturday and Sunday.
      We are preparing special surprise events for all players and parents, so stay tuned.

      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.

      Chief Organizer and your chess mom in service,
      Dr. Judit Sztaray
      This is a State Tournament authorized by CalChess and US Chess Federation (USCF)!
      The winners of this event will be crowned State Champions!

Individual Prizes

Main Event: Top 20players with winning record in each section.
Blitz: Top 5 players with winning record in each section
Bughouse: Trophies to both players of the top 3 teams with a winning record in each section.

Team Prizes

Main Event: Top 5 schools and Top 5 Clubs in each section
A team is TWO (2) or more players from a school or club in the same section. There will be a paralel school and club team competition, so a player can play for both a school team AND and a club team, and their score will count in both school and team competitions.
Top four players' scores count for the team total.


Blitz:
Trophies to the top 3 schools and 3 clubs in each section (minimum two players/team and Top four players' scores count for the team total.

Bughouse:
Trophies to both players of the top 3 teams with a winning record in each section. (Section determined by higher grade team member.)

Schedule

On-site Registration:
Saturday and Sunday 7:30-8am,
Absolutely NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION AFTER 8AM!

Not necessary if you have pre-registered and checked in online HERE.

GradeSectionsTime
Control
ArriveRound 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6
1-day Sections
KG Kindergarten G/30; d5 Sat
4/7
9AM
9:30a 11:30a 1:30p 3p 4:30p  
KG thru 3 K-Gr3 unrated (Rookie)
K-Gr3 u500 (Beginner)
K-Gr3 500-799 (Junior Varsity)
G/30; d5 Sat
4/7
9AM
9:30a 11:30a 1:30p 3p 4:30p  
KG thru 6
K-Gr6 unrated (Rookie)
K-Gr6 u500 (Beginner)
K-Gr6 500-799 (Junior Varsity)
G/30; d5 Sun
4/8
9AM
9:30a 11:30a 1:30p 3p 4:30p  
KG thru 12 K-Gr8 u800 (Beginner)
K-Gr12 u800 (Beginner)
G/30; d5 Sun
4/8
9AM
9:30a 11:30a 1:30p 3p 4:30p  
GradeSectionsTime
Control
ArriveRound 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6
2-day sections

KG thru 3
K-Gr3 800+ (Championship) G/75; d5 Sat 4/7 &
Sun 4/8
8:45a
9a 12n 3p 9a 12n 3p
KG thru 6 K-Gr5 800+ (Championship)
K-Gr6 800+ (Championship)
G/75; d5 Sat 4/7 &
Sun 4/8
8:45a
9a 12n 3p 9a 12n 3p
KG thru 8 K-Gr8 800-1199 (Junior Varsity)
K-Gr8 1200+ (Championship)
G/75; d5 Sat 4/7 &
Sun 3/12
8:45a
9a 12n 3p 9a 12n 3p
KG thru 12 K-Gr12 800-1599 (Junior Varsity) G/75; d5 Sat 4/7&
Sun 4/8
8:45a
9a 12n 3p 9a 12n 3p
3-day sections
KG thru 12
K-Gr12 1600+ (Championship)
G/90; +30s Fri 4/6, Sat 4/7 &
Sun 4/8
Fri
6pm
Sat 11a Sat 3p Sun 10a Sun 2p  
Evening Side Events
Blitz K-3 Blitz
4-6 Blitz
7-12 Blitz
G/5
d0
Sat
4/7
Onsite reg & Check-in: 5:30-6:00p
Games: 6:30-8:30p
Bughouse All sections G/5
d0
Fri
4/6
Onsite reg & Check-in: 5:30-6:00p
Games: 6:30-8:30p

How to determine which section?

1st Step: Select Grade: most players like to play with their peers, so choose a section that has the upper limit the most closest to the player's grade.
2nd Step: Determine players' rating: most players are comfortable within a section of their natural rating, so choose a section that has the upper limit of the rating the most closest to the player's rating.
Never played in a rated tournament before? Choose Rookie (unrated) section, and you'll play with others in the same shoe.
3rd Step: If you are eager to be challenged, playing up a Grade level, or a Rating level is always an option. Determine the next section in the line.

Still unsure? Email us and we would love to help! Send your player's Grade and USCF ID (if have one) and we can suggest the best sections for him/her.

What is the time control?
1-day sections:
G/30;d5 that means Game in 30 minutes with 5 second delay. Each player gets 30 minutes, and there is a 5 second delay before the time on their clock starts to count. One game can last up to ca. 1 hour.
2-day sections: G/75;d5 that means Game in 75 minutes with 5 second delay. One game can last up to 3 hours.

What are the round times?
Chess is NOT an elimination game: win or lose all players should play all rounds. Round times are pre-set, listed above in the table, and will be starting on time for all sections. Please, notify us if a player will miss any round - you can request 1/2 point bye for that round.

Have to miss a round?
If you have to miss a round, please request a BYE:
Every player can request up to two 1/2point byes for any of the round 1 to 5 if requested before the start of the first round. No byes for the last round.

MUCH more FAQ and Explanation of the Rules are on this page: Click HERE.

Entry Fee

GradeEventSectionsFees
Kindergarten
1-day
4/7
Kindergarten $53
KG thru 31-day
4/7
K-Gr3 unrated (Rookie)
K-Gr3 u500 (Beginner)
K-Gr3 500-799 (Jr Varsity)
$53
2-days
4/7-8
K-Gr3 800+ (Championship) $67
KG thru 61-day
4/8
K-Gr6 unrated (Rookie)
K-Gr6 u500 (Beginner)
K-Gr6 500-799 (Jr Varsity)
$53
2-days
4/7-8
K-Gr5 800+ (Championship)
K-Gr6 800+ (Championship)
$67
KG thru 81-day
4/8
K-Gr8 u800 (Beginner) $53
2-days
4/7-8
K-Gr8 800-1199 (Jr Varsity)
K-Gr8 1200+ (Championship)
$67
KG thru 121-day
4/8
K-Gr12 u800 (Beginner) $53
2-days
4/7-8
K-Gr12 800-1599 (Jr. Varsity)
K-Gr12 1600+ (Championship, FIDE rated)
$67
KG-12 Blitz4/7 K-Gr 3 Blitz
Gr 4-6 Blitz
Gr 7-8 Blitz
Gr 9-12 Blitz
$12
KG-12 Bughouse4/6 All sections $12

Other Fees

Play-up fee: +$20 (if you want to play higher rated section)

Late Fees:
after 3/20 ADD +$10
after 3/25 ADD +$20
after 4/3 and Onsite ADD +$40

Refund Fee: $5 or after 3/20 same as current late fee

Change Fee:
after 3/25 ADD +$10
after 4/3 ADD +$20
Onsite: ADD +$30


Need Financial Aid? We can help!!

Send a letter from your principal or some other proof that you are on the school free lunch program.
OR
Please send a copy of the most recent payroll stub and the latest income tax return of the player's parent(s) or guardian(s) .
OR
Send a letter from a coach.
Contact us for more information.

What's New?

1. April 2018 Supplemental ratings will be used. (What is a supplemental rating?)

2. Need to cancel your registration? We will refund your entry fee for a service charge of $5 or after 3/20 that is equals to the current late fee.

3. Similar to last two years, the Scholastic State Championship will have a parellel School and Club Team competition. They are separate, and compete for different prizes. Players can play for BOTH! Top 4 players scores count for team score (School or Club), and minimum of two players needed to make a team. See details on pairing rules in the FAQ.

4. Play-up fee will only be charged if a player would like to play in a section higher than their rating category. Play-up fee based on grade has been eliminated since all sections start with Kindergarten (K-GradeX).

5. The only electronic recording devices allowed are: Monroi and PlyCount. Iphones must be turned off all times while in the game room. Players, who are found operating an iphone while in an active game will be forfeited from their game immediately.
  • Team Rooms

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Site & Accomodation

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

Reserve room NOW at Biltmore Hote @ Santa Clara $99 - Click HERE
Biltmore Hotel and Suite
2151 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Phone: 408-988-8411
Cutoff Date: 3/23

Reserve a room NOW at the Sheraton Hotel @ Sunnyvale $99 - Link coming soon
100 North Mathilda Avenue. Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Phone: (1)(408) 745-6000


Organizers and TDs

Chief TDs: National TD Tom Langland, National TD John McCumiskey, National TD Jordan Langland, Senior TD Richard Koepcke
Chief Organizer: Judit Sztaray

Other TDs: Wolfgang Behm, Abel Talamantez, James Bethany, Scott Mason, Sankar Swaminathan, and many others

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 free. Alternatively, you may ask us to pack and keep your trophies to be picked up at our NEW office: 2050 Concourse Drive Unit #42, San Jose, CA 95131.
Please arrange pickup at ask@bayareachess.com