Midlands Scholastic Chess League

Strategery is extremely proud to be able to promote scholastic competition in the Midlands. The Midlands Scholastic Chess League represents an opportunity for young players to represent their schools while competing individually against their peers in the Midlands. Chess competition is a great way to further enjoy the game, to improve, to make new friends, and to build one's self esteem.

The format will be a 4 round Swiss System. That means that all players will play 4 games against players with a similar score. The time control is Game 30 with a 5 second delay. That means each side will have 30 minutes to complete all their moves. So long as the player moves within 5 seconds, no time will be subtracted.
There are 3 Scholastic Sections - Elementary (K-5), Middle (K-8), and High School (K-12). Players are welcome to compete in an older section if they so choose. Teammates will not be paired if possible in the first three rounds, but they may be paired in the final round. There will also be an adult section open to all.
In the three scholastic sections, trophies will be awarded to the top 3 individuals and to the top team. We offer a medal for the best upset, top female performance (otherwise unplaced), youngest participant, and best first tournament. If multiple perfect scores occur in a section, first place will be decided by a blitz playoff. Otherwise, the primary tiebreaker is the cumulative score of the opposition. Following tiebreakers follow suggested USCF ordering. Cash prizes based on entries will be awarded in the adult section.
While we provide some chess sets and chess clocks, we cannot provide sets and clocks for the entire tournament. If you or your club has a chess clock, please bring it. If not, players will be accomodated as best as possible at the tournament.
US Chess Federation Membership is required; however, first time members receive FREE entry. A 1 year scholastic membership can be purchased on site or online for between $17 and $26 depending on age. Memberships allow players to achieve a chess rating through the USCF and entitile players to the USCF's magazine Chess Life or Chess Life for Kids.
All players who report attending the same school during entry will be considered part of that school's team. We will allow players in the same school zone (e.g. Lexington Elementary, Middle, and High Schools) to compete as one team if they are playing in the same section. As much as possible, team members will not be paired against each other. The best three individual scores from each team will be summed to acquire the team score. While a larger team may have an advantage, smaller teams (even two-player teams) can certainly be succesful. A single player is not eligible for a team prize.
To register for the tournament, please complete the registration form at the "Register Here" button below. You may pay online via the "Pay Now" button for $15 or at site for $20. If this is your first tournament, you MUST register at the site.
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February 16 - Midlands Scholastic Chess League IV

Time: Registration 9 to 9:45. Rounds at 10, 11:15, 1, and 2:15.
Site: North Trenholm Baptist Church, 6515 N. Trenholm Rd, Columbia, SC 29206

April 13 - Midlands Scholastic Chess League V

Time: Registration 10 to 10:30. Rounds at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, and 2:30.
Site: Firefly Games, 736c Saint Andrews Rd. Columbia, SC 29210

May 11 - Midlands Scholastic Chess League VI

Time: Registration 9 to 9:45. Rounds at 10, 11:15, 1, and 2:15.
Site: North Trenholm Baptist Church, 6515 N. Trenholm Rd, Columbia, SC 29206