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Chess Scholastic

SCHOLASTIC CHESS TOURNAMENTS

In keeping with the spirit of our status as a non-profit organization,
the goal of our scholastic chess program is to cultivate the mental
development of our Jacksonville youth by encouraging their
participation in chess tournaments. Throughout the year, the
Jacksonville Chess Club (JCC) sponsors several events for
scholastic players. The majority of participants have not yet
chosen to join the national federation (U.S.C.F.), as most are new
to organized tournament competition. The JCC facilitates this
transition by hosting a number of club-sponsored ‘Swiss”
tourneys at various sites throughout the city.
The “Swiss” tournament system ensures participation in a
pre-defined number of contests. (Unlike a “knockout” format, no
one is eliminated, even if they lose a game!). A time control is
used in which players must achieve a result (win, lose, or draw) or
forfeit when their time expires. Tournament ads are located near
the bottom of the NEWSLETTER link within our website.
A typical format found in a tournament ad for these events would
be as follows: 3-RD Swiss,G/30, REG 1-2, RDS
2:15,3:30,&5:00,Cost $5. These abbreviations indicate that after
paying a $5 fee during registration from 1-2, participants will play
three games, beginning at 2:15, 3:30, and 5:00. Each game will
last, at most, one hour (30 minutes per side). The JCC charges a
modest entry fee to defray the cost of prizes, services rendered,
and to maintain the club’s treasury.
Additionally, we maintain a CLUB RATING SYSTEM which
emphasizes participation as a primary concern.(More info on
CLUB RATINGS can be found at the appropriate link within our
website). Perhaps the greatest reward of all is the simple pleasure
of playing the game and improving. Afterall, chess is a game and
games are fun! Have fun playing the wondeful game of chess!!

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