Chess tournaments use tiebreakers to form the final standings and award trophies. Tiebreakers are somewhat complicated, but basically they reward the players who have played more difficult opposition. This most often comes up when several players are tied with a score of 3/4, and some receive trophies while others do not. Tiebreakers may seem arbitrary at times, but they do rank the players as fairly as possible given that there are only four rounds in most scholastic tournaments.
If a player withdraws from a tournament by noon the Friday before the event, we will give a refund minus a $5 processing fee. Alternatively, the registration can be transferred to a future tournament. The best way to withdraw is to use the "contact" button on the Silver Knights website to let us know. Once it is past 12:00pm the Friday before the event, we do not give any refunds for tournaments.
The U.S. Chess Federation is the national sanctioning body for chess. It provides all of its members with a rating which corresponds to how skilled the player is. This allows, for example, a ten-year-old player in Philadelphia to be accurately compared to an adult player in Los Angeles. Most of our tournaments are USCF-rated so all players must be USCF members. In addition to the rating, Premium USCF scholastic members receive its scholastic magazine, Chess Life for Kids.
All of our tournaments are USCF rated, so all players need to be members of the U.S. Chess Federation.
Occasionally, a child who is pre-registered for a tournament will be a no-show for the first round. The USCF rule in case of a player being late to a round says that you must wait until the player's time runs out before claiming a forfeit win. Since the time controls for most Silver Knights tournaments are G/30, this means that a player can be up to 30 minutes late for a round and still get to play. (Of course, if a clock is being used, the late player may have to play the entire game using very little time.)