2018 Rochester Amateur Championship Saturday, February 24, 10 AM – 5 PM in the RCTC Cafeteria

2018 Rochester Amateur Championship

An RCTC Math Department and Rochester Chess Club Community Chess Tournament for Children and Adults

Saturday, February 24, 10 AM – 5 PM in the RCTC Cafeteria

RCTC and Student Life, respectively, have generously provided the space and chess equipment for this event. Additional funding is provided by a youth enrichment grant to Rochester Chess from the Mayo Clinic Office of Community Relations. The tournament has three sections: Novice (unrated), Intermediate (unrated), and Advanced (U1600, USCF membership required). Join the USCF here: https://secure2.uschess.org/webstore/member.php. The winner of the advanced section will be declared the 2018 Rochester Amateur Chess Champion. All participants will play 4 games (no elimination). Participants may request up to two ½-point byes for rounds they cannot play.

Time Control:  Each player has 30 minutes to make all their moves. Intermediate and Advanced players will be required to record the moves of the game. Novice participants are strongly encouraged to record the moves. Instruction will be provided, if needed.

Registration is Free! Pre-registration online is strongly encouraged as the number of participants is limited to 65: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCQRAmD3xYo0V2zPUNzFYyd5xnt7BOokpPorBGvAcM-7wBBA/viewform?usp=sf_link  Registration onsite is from 10:00 – 10:30 AM. Players registering after 10:30 AM may receive a 1/2-point bye for round 1. Play starts at 11:00 AM.

Prizes: Trophies and medals will be awarded to the top finishers.

Instruction: National chess master Matt Jensen will provide game analysis.

Volunteers are needed to help set up and monitor the playing site. Please let us know if you can assist. Experienced players are encouraged to attend to help coach our developing players.

Directions: Park in the main lot at the East side of the main campus. Enter in the Hill Theater entrance, it’s closest to the lot. Follow signs to restrooms and an elevator. Ride up to the 3rd floor and it opens into the cafeteria.
Celebrate the fun day of community chess thanks to our sponsors: Rochester Chess Club and Rochester Community and Technical College.

Questions: Contact Dennis Mays, dennismays101@gmail.com or Paul Kinion, Paul.Kinion@rctc.edu.


10:00 – 10:30 AM Onsite registration

10:30 – 11:00 Warm-up games and notation instruction

11:00 – 12:00 PM Round 1

12:10 – 12:40 Pizza break (Donations accepted!)

12:40 – 1:40 Round 2

1:50 – 2:50 Round 3

3:00 – 4:00 Round 4

4:15 – 4:40 Awards Ceremony

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