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Date

Apr 04 - 06 2025

Time

All Day

20th Annual KCF All-Girls National Chess Championship

WHERE:
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place – 2233 S Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Chicago, IL

WHEN:
April 4 – 6, 2025

FORMAT:
6-Round, Swiss System (no elimination)

TIME CONTROL: 
Game/90, d5

SCHEDULE:
April 4:  11 AM Bughouse, 2:30 PM Opening Ceremony, 3 PM Round 1, 7 PM Blitz
April 5: 10 AM Round 2, 2:30 PM Round 3, 6:30 PM Round 4
April 6: 9 AM Round 5, 1 PM Round 6, 5 PM Awards

SECTIONS: (Age as of January 1, 2025)

SectionBorn in year
Under 82017 or later
Under 102015 or later
Under 122013 or later
Under 142011 or later
Under 162009 or later
Under 182007 or later

AWARDS:
    Under 8 top 15 individuals, top 500 – 799, top U500, top 6 schools
    Under 10 top 16 individuals, top 700 – 999, top U700, top 6 schools
    Under 12 top 16 individuals, top 900 – 1199, top U900, top 6 schools
    Under 14 top 15 individuals, top 1100 – 1399, top U1100, top 6 schools
    Under 16 top 8 individuals, Top 1300 – 1599, top U1300, top 3 schools
    Under 18 top 8 individuals, Top 1500 – 1799, top U1500, top 3 schools

Top 3 players added for team scores, team members must attend the same school

If your child or team wins an award, and you were unable to claim it at the tournament, you can contact our trophy maker Crown Trophy in Buffalo Grove, IL, via email at sales@crownbg.com starting Wednesday after the tournament to find out the cost to ship the trophy and to arrange payment.

RATINGS USED:
For pairing purposes we will be using the March rating supplement. Adjusted ratings may be used in accordance with the USCF National Scholastic Chess Tournament regulations.

Players in all sections are required to disclose at the time of registration whether they have one or more ratings in other OTB rating system(s). Other OTB rating systems include, but are not limited to, FIDE, foreign systems, the Northwest Scholastic Rating System (NWSRS), and ChessXpress (CXR).

The Tournament Review Group (defined in the Scholastic Regulations) reviews every entry to this tournament, and makes decisions about whether to assign a rating based on alternate rating data found for a player. Players on the report may have been assigned ratings that are different from their US Chess regular rating in the rating supplement being used for the tournament. The most current version of the report is published here for transparency.

 

BYES:
A single half-point bye is available for any round, except the last round. The bye may be requested online by 11pm on the day before the tournament starts. On-site requests have a deadline for round 1 of 2-hours before the scheduled start for round 1. For all later rounds the deadline is 2-hours before the scheduled start for Round 2. Thereafter, the only bye available is a zero-point bye, which is an option for any round and may be requested up to 2 hours before the start of the round for which the zero-point bye is requested.

Any bye, including a zero-point bye may not be revoked after Round 1 begins.

The Chief TD shall have the ability to grant a half-point bye for any round on unusual circumstances, except the last round.

US Chess Membership is required for all Players. Use the below link to purchase/renew your US Chess Federation membership if needed before registering for the tournament

ENTRY FEES:

$ 100 by February 24
$ 120 by March 17
$ 150 after March 17

  • Online registration closes on April 3 at Midnight EST

ON-SITE REGISTRATION:
April 4, 9 am – 12 pm to play in round 1.

  • A player entering after the entry cut-off time for Round 1 may receive one half-point bye.
  • A player entering after the entry cut-off time for Round 2 may receive one half-point bye for only one of the missed rounds

HOTEL:

The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is located in the South Loop neighborhood in within walking distance of Soldier Field and Wintrust Arena. Connected to McCormick Place the hotel offers a modern place to meet and retreat near Michigan Avenue.

We have special rates of $189 (USD) plus tax. You must register by March 20, 2025 to take advantage this rate. Reserve early as space is limited.

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