Monday, December 29, 2014

League Schedule and Rules for 2015

Minnesota Junior High Chess League - Cities Division


Bring sets, clocks, pencil and notation paper.

So far we have Capitol Hill (1), Farnsworth (1), Friendly Hills (1) Seward(1) and Breck(1).
Wash tech is out. Farnsworth will try to field 2 teams. (If Farnsworth does not have enough for a B team, there will be 5 teams and therefore a bye for the team scheduled to play Farnsworth B in the schedule below.

Fees are $40 for the first team. ($60 for two teams, $70 for 3 teams.)

Make checks out to Minnesota Junior High Chess League and mail to
Brian Ribnick
Metcalf Jr. High
2250 Diffley Road, Burnsville MN 55337
There's an invoice available on the link to the League site in the upper right.

If anyone else wants to join, send Bill Heinemann an e-mail at


Jan 31 9:00 - 12:30 Seward Montessori Matthew's Center
Team listed 1st is White on Boards 1, 3 and 5
Round 1 9:15 Breck vs Capitol Hill, FarnsworthA vs FarnsB, Seward vs Friendly Hills
Round 2 10:25 (or sooner) Breck vs FarnsworthA, Capitol Hill vs Friendly Hills, FarnsB vs Seward
Round 3 11:35 (or sooner) Friendly Hills vs Breck, FarnsB vs Capitol Hill, Seward vs FarnsworthA
Done at 12:45 at the latest
Feb 28 8:45 - 12:15 First Covenant Church on Arcade (across from Farnsworth Lower School)
Round 4 8:50 FarnsworthB vs Breck, FarnsworthA vs Friendly Hills, Capitol Hill vs Seward
Round 5 10:00 (or sooner) Capitol Hill vs FarnsworthA, Friendly Hills vs FarnsB, Seward vs Breck
New format for round 6 due to the fact that I just learned that 2 teams from this division will advance to playoffs.
Round 6 11:10 (or sooner) Team 1 vs Team 4, Team 2 vs Team 3, Team 5 vs Team 6.
In round 6, preference for White on odd boards will be given to Breck, Farnsworth A and Friendly Hills since they were black 3 times in th first 5 rounds.
Final Standings 12:20
Done at 12:25
Playoffs March 21, at Metcalf Jr. High in Burnsville.
Awards will be given at St. Kate's at the State Tournament (on March 27-29?)

(League rules available at the link in the upper right.)
Teams should bring their own notation paper, pencils, chess sets and clocks.
Players should bring their own clocks to ensure they will have a clock for their game.

Rules are USCF rules. All games must be notated (moves recorded) by both players. A clock will be used on all games. Each player will have 30 minutes with a 5 second delay (35 min with no delay). We could run over an hour by 7 minutes on a 40 move game or by 15 on an 80 move game, but with so few games we are more likely to finish early. So I think we'll be OK with this time control.

Touch move - if you touch a piece with the intent to move it you must move it if you can legally do so. If this means you have to block check with your queen, so be it. If you touch an opponent's piece with your hand or your piece with intent to capture, you must capture. A player is not required to say check. The three-move repetition rule will be enforced. Press the clock with the same hand that moved your piece. No kibbitzing, verbal or otherwise - penalty will be forfeit of 1 point from your team score that round. If you have a question or issue, raise your hand. No one will remind you to press your clock or notify you if you have an illegal position on the board. You must be aware of these yourself.

A match will consist of five games pitting one school against another. Top player from one school will play the top player from the other school, etc. Coaches should develop a way to rank their players. If a team does not field a full team, players must move up leaving the bottom boards vacant. You will forfeit the games on those boards. The team that scores 3 or more points is the winner of the match.  If a team score 2.5 points it is considered a draw. With forfeits it is possible that neither team will win the match. The team that wins the most matches advanced to the playoffs. In case of tie in matches, the total points will be used as a tie breaker. You may bring extra players and sub them into your team, but they must stay in proper order according to their ratings/ranking. We will match the extras up for practice games that will not affect the league scores.

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