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14th Annual State Warm-Up Chess Tournament
$50.00 each Register Here
14th Annual State Warm-Up Chess Tournament
695 Clyde Road, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010


Please Note:  If you are registering the morning of March 5, you may still register online, but please call/text 610-446-0818 to let us know that you have just registered.  Thank you.   


 Date: Sunday March 5, 2023

 Location: Ithan Elementary School, 695 Clyde Road, Bryn Mawr, PA  19010

Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

This tournament has four different sections to accommodate players of differing ages and skills.  Children play against opponents in their section.  The first round begins at 11:00am for all sections.  The tournament concludes around 3:00pm followed by an awards ceremony where the top players and school teams receive trophies.

Pre-registered players should arrive around 10:40am.  All games are non-elimination, and all players participate in all four rounds. For players using chess clocks, the time control is G/25, d5.


K-4 U-200 Section (Beginner Section)    This section is for Grades K to 4 for children with ratings under 200 or new unrated players.

K-6 U-500 Section     This section is for Grades K to 6 for players rated 200 to 499.

K-12 U-800 Section   This section is for Grades K to 12 for players rated 500 to 799 and/or lower-rated players in Grades 7 to 12.

K-12 Championship Section (Most Advanced Section)  This section is open for players rated 800 or higher and/or players in Grades 7 to 12.  It is also open to lower-rated players that want more of a challenge.

United States Chess Federation (USCF) membership is required for all participants, and can be purchased along with tournament registration. Online registration is $40 before midnight Wednesday, March 1, $45 if received before midnight Friday, March 3. Thereafter registration is $50 and will be available till 10:00am on March 5. (Late registrations may miss the first round of games.)  Chess sets are provided, but bring a clock if you have one.

Regarding Byes....If you anticipate that you will not be there in time, or need to leave the tournament early, please indicate which game(s) you will be missing. Your child will NOT be paired for those games which you indicate you want a Bye.  The player receives a half-point for the skipped game, and will be paired as usual for the other rounds.  Players may take a maximum of two half-point Byes in a four round tournament.  Additional Byes will be zero points.  Byes must be scheduled before the tournament begins.