The U.S. Chess Center and Montgomery Parks are inviting students to join us on the last day of April at Fairview Road Urban Park in Silver Spring for an outdoor chess tournament.
Any student in grade 2 through 8 may register to take part. This tournament is not nationally rated, and students do not need to have any tournament experience in order to participate. We do require students who play to be familiar with all of the rules of chess, including castling, stalemate and the touch-move rule. Students who are not familiar with the rules are welcome to come spectate, as are other family members and friends. The first round of the tournament starts at 10 a.m. and the last of the games will finish around 1 p.m.
We will organize the tournament based loosely on the Swiss pairing system, which means that players who win in the first round will be matched against other winners for their next games, and players who lose will be matched against others with similar results. Nobody is eliminated early.
Registration on the morning of the tournament is permitted, but we recommend planning ahead and signing up ahead of time to beat the line.
Online registration is available here:
More details about the playing site are available here: https://montgomeryparks.org/events/chess-in-the-parks/