WSCF’s 16th Annual Grade Level Tournament is set to begin Saturday, March 11th with a record setting 346 pre-registrations. Below are the pairings for Round 1 and some important details to keep in mind for the event. Please email Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org or Erin at email@example.com with any questions, concerns, or cancellations.
Pairings/Cancellations: Pairings for Round 1 are linked above. If your player cannot attend, please let us know ASAP so we can repair. Pairings will be posted on our website and repairings will be posted this evening on our website. If a player has a Round 1 bye, they should still report to the playing room by 8:45 – if there are no-shows we may be able to seat them for play! Pairings will also be posted tomorrow when you arrive. Pairing sheets will be posted at the score tables, end of the rows in which the division starts, on the wall in the hallway outside of the Wisconsin Room and in the hands of the Floor TD’s for each section.
Check-in/T-shirts: There will be no check-in like we do at our regular tournaments. Instead, players are to be at their boards by 8:45 a.m. The doors to the Wisconsin Room will close at 8:45 a.m. Anyone arriving late will enter the tournament in Round 2. Once every player is seated we will do some manual pairings to fill in no-show spots. Round 1 will start once this process is completed. This should take no longer than 5 to 10 minutes. Pick up your t-shirts beginning at 8:00 a.m. Anyone who registered before February 23rd is guaranteed their shirt size. Anyone who registered after that will probably get the size they requested on a first come, first served basis.
Parking: Street parking is available in the neighborhood and paid parking can be found in the garage beneath the Student Union at 2200 E Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53211.
Round Times/Medals: There is no P.A. system so we will follow these round times. Round 1 – 8:45, Round 2 – 10:30, Round 3 – 11:45, Round 4 – 1:00, Round 5 – 2:15, Award – 3:45. Those who are sure they will not be earning a trophy can pick up their medals at the medal table after 5th round play. If we get behind, we will repost the round times. We should be done with awards around 4:30 p.m. We have 120 trophies to hand out.
Volunteer Sign Up Almost Complete: Close to 30 people have volunteered to help with the tournament. We need a few more people to fill some slots. We need set up people to help with setting up pieces. This can be done from 7:45 – 8:45a.m. We are putting out boards the evening before. We need 1 or 2 more Floor TDs for Round 1; 3 or 4 more Floor TDs for Round 2; 5 or 6 more Floor TDs for Round 3; 5 or 6 more Floor TDs for Round 4; and 5 or 6 more Floor TDs for Round 5. We very much appreciate your willingness to help this event be a success. Please check in at Chess Control to sign up for a spot on Saturday or sign up online now here: https://signup.com/go/BoaVJrs
Floor TD Instructions: Floor TDs need to be in place, pairing sheet in hand, before the doors are opened for each round. Your task is to help players find their board. It is rare but sometimes after the round we find a few players that were at the wrong board. Best practice is to go down the row and verify names. Sometimes not enough time to do this before the round starts, but it is a goal. Floor TD’s should resolve disputes for touching, noise, etc. If a chess play issue arises that will affect the outcome of the game then the Tournament Director should be called. Another task is to put out clocks on slow games after the 30-minute mark. When players are done with their game, they are to leave the board in the final position and raise their hands to call the Floor TD. Floor TD will ask each player who won and if they agree. They are to sign the score sheet, Floor TD initials it, players reset their board and then go to the score table as a pair.
Scorekeeper Instructions: Scorekeepers are to help players find their board number on the score sheet and then observe each player write down their own score. If the score sheet is not initialized by the floor TD or both opponents are not present then send player(s) back till they get it right.
Photographer/Video Editor Wanted: One of our goals is to capture this event on video and then put together a video that tells the story of what happened on this day. This will be the largest Grade Level Championship ever! It would be helpful to WSCF to be able to tell this story. If you have special skills as a photographer and if you have any video editing experience, or want to learn, then we would be excited if you could step forward. We have a list of scenes that we would like to cover. Please contact Bob or Erin for more information or to volunteer.
Posted Results: Results will be posted after rounds 2, 3, and 4. We ask players, coaches, and parents to check for correct scores and team assignments. If something doesn’t match with what you think it should be then please fill out a tournament action form at Chess Control (t-shirt and medals table).
Team Rooms – We still have some team rooms available. They will fit 20 to 25 people. Please let us know if you are interested.
No concessions in the building.
Looking forward to an awesome tournament!
Bob and Erin