LOCATION: 111 Columbia St, New York, NY 10002

FEATURES

  • Breakfast, lunch, and snack items will be available for purchase.
  • Team rooms available for schools with 10+ players. Please contact chesstournaments@nestmpta.org to reserve.
  • Free Parking available in NEST+m's private parking lot.
  • Pairing notifications will be texted and e-mailed if requested upon sign up. 
  • Trophies for top 10 participants and top team in each section, gift cards in Championship.
  • Contact us at chesstournaments@nestmpta.org with any questions.
UNRATED SECTIONS
Novice 2 Open to 2nd-6th Grade students rated under 500, or Unrated. Students play 4 Rounds. If total round time exceeds 1 hour, clocks will be provided with 5 minutes per player. Tiebreakers will be used if necessary. Trophies for Top 10, Medals for all other participants. Approximate end time 2:30 PM.
Novice 1 Open to Pre-K – 1st Grade students with ratings under 400, or Unrated. Students play 4 Rounds. If total round time exceeds 1 hour, clocks will be provided with 5 minutes per player. Tiebreakers will be used if necessary. Trophies for Top 10, Medals for all other participants. Approximate end time 2:30 PM.
No Score Open to Pre-K – 1st Grade students. Players must be unrated. Students play 4 rounds, with extra supervision and guidance. Players should understand the basic rules of chess and understand how the pieces move. All players receive a participation trophy. Approximate end time 1:30 PM.

RATED SECTIONS
MUST be a USCF Member (Please Update)

Championship - K-12 rating 1600+ Open to K-12. USCF Rating above 1600. 3 Rounds, G70 /d5 USCF rated
Open- K-12 rating 1300-1599 Open to K-12. USCF Rating within 1300-1599. 3 Rounds, G70 / d5.
Classic – K-12 rating 1000-1299 Open to K-12. USCF Rating within 1000-1299. 3 Rounds, G70 /d5.
Reserve – K-12 U1000 Open to K-12. USCF Rating U1000. 4 Rounds,G40 / d5.
Elementary – K-8 U800 Open to K-8 rated below 800. 4 Rounds, G40 / d5.
Primary – K-3 U600 Open to K-3 USCF Rating below 600. 4 Rounds, G40 / d5.
K-1 – K-1 U500 USCF Rating below 500. 4 Rounds, G40 / d5.

SECTIONS & START TIMES:

SECTION START TIMES: RATED SECTIONS:
K-1 - USCF Rating below 500. 4 Rounds, G40 / d5.
Primary - Open to K-3 USCF Rating below 600. 4 Rounds, G40 / d5.
Elementry - Open to K-6 rated below 800. 4 Rounds, G40 / d5.
Reserve - Open to K-12. USCF Rating U1000. 4 Rounds,G40 / d5.
Classic - Open to K-12. USCF Rating within 1000-1299. 3 Rounds, G70 /d5.
Open - Open to K-12. USCF Rating within 1300-1599. 3 Rounds, G70 / d5.
Championship - Open to K-12. USCF Rating above 1600. 3 Rounds, G70 /d5Unrated

NOT RATED SECTIONS
No Score - (PK-K - Beginners)
Novice 1 - (k-1)
Novice 2 - (Grades 2-5)

SECTION START
9:15 a.m. - Classic,Open and Championship (MUST CHECK IN BY 9:00).

TIMES:
9:45 a.m. - Reserve, Elementary and Primary, K-1 (no check in required).
10:00 a.m. - Novice 1, Novice 2 & No Score (no check in required). (Please Arrive by 9:30)

Schedule – Please arrive 15-30 minutes before start of first round.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m Required check in for Future Masters and Classic sections. Pairings posted at 9:00 AM.
9:15 a.m Classic, Open and Championship begins  (MUST CHECK IN BY 9:00).
9:45 a.m Reserve and Elementary ,Primary, K-1 Please arrive by 9:15 9:15.
10:00 a.m Novice 1, Novice 2 & No Score Please arrive by 9:30..
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Awards

  • Trophies to top 10 finishers in each section, with medals for all other participants
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  • The top team in each section will receive a team trophy (2 players min, top 3 scores count)
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  • Gift Cards for top 3 finishers in Championship Section

Entry Fee and other information

  • Early Registration until the Monday before the start of the tournament at 11:00 p.m. – $45.
  • Late Registration until Saturday, the day before the tournament, at 12:00 p.m. – $55.
  • No on site registration 
  • In the Classic, Open and Championship sections, the Tournament Director may move participants up from lower rated sections at their discretion
  • prior to start of first round to  ensure that an even number of participants compete.
  • No Byes in Classic , Open and Championhip sections. A maximum of one 1/2 point bye is permitted in all other sections.
  • $10 fee to switch sections on day of the tournament.
  • All children under 18 must be supervised by parent or guardian. Please provide a phone number for a parent or guardian at sign up.
  • Refunds will be provided if requested at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tournament.
  • By signing up your child for this tournament you agree and acknowledge that photos taken during the event may be used for tournament promotional materials by Growing Minds Chess Academy.