Chess Tournaments

Play with the best scholastic players in New Jersey!

Princeton Day School hosts monthly scholastic chess tournaments, designed to welcome the most novice of tournament players and to inspire the most accomplished. Chess players from more than 30 elementary and middle schools from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania compete as individuals and as school teams, with a typical attendance of over 130 students.


Chess News

Chess teacher Bonnie Waitzkin reported that three PDS players won all four games at the chess tournament held on April 9 in the Gymateria on campus,and the team placed first in the team competition. Thomas Horner and Sonia Lackey won First Place in Novice 1. Arjun Kumar won First Place in the U-800 RESERVE section. Congratulations!

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Congratulations to the Princeton Day School Elementary chess team, who placed first in the New Jersey Championship on Sunday, February 21, at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. Also, a hearty congratulations to sixth grader Albert Ming, won all his games to take home the big first place trophy. The Primary Team won the fourth place team trophy with just five players attending. Click through to read more.

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On Saturday, January 16, 100 chess players from New Jersey schools competed at Princeton Day School in 8 sections. Congratulations to Jai Kasera '23, who tied for first place in the Future Masters section. Chess teacher Bonnie Waitzkin noted, "Jai won the Closed section for players rated 1000-1200 in December, so this was his second winning performance." Congratulations also to first grader Thomas Horner won all his games in the K-1 section to take home the big first place plaque. Click through to read the whole story.

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Sections

Nine student sections are offered so that each player can find the right level of challenge and satisfaction. One additional section for parents of players is open to all levels:

• UNRATED SECTIONS: "No Score" (K-1 new players); K-1 (must know how to checkmate);
Novice 1 (K-6 beginners)

• RATED SECTIONS: Novice 2 (K-8 U-600); Reserve (K-12 U-800); Open (K-12 U-1000); Closed (K-12 1000-1200); Future Masters (K-12 over 1200); Near Masters (K-12 1400-1600); Under 2000 (K-12 rated over 1600 and under 2000 and Parents of Players (open)

US CHESS FEDERATION MEMBERSHIP is required for players in the RATED sections, including the Parents section. The link for joining the USCF is here (www.USChess.org/join). Membership is inexpensive and your player will receive a rating, which after playing in several tournaments is a measure of tournament skill and helps place your player in an appropriate section.

Rounds and Time Controls

All sections for players rated Under 1000 have four rounds, G25/d5 or G/30 (30 minutes per player per round), SS (Swiss System pairings) starting at 12:30pm (players meeting at 12:20).

Sections for players OVER 1000 will start at 10:30. Please check in at 10:15. The Closed section has 3 rounds, G55d5, pre-registration required. The Future Masters has 3 rounds, G55d5, pre-registration required. Near Masters has 3 rounds, G55d5 pre-registration required. Under 2000 has 3 rounds G55d5. In the case of a small section, players may be paired with an opponent twice. The Closed, Future Masters, Near Masters and Under 2000 sections may be merged, depending on enrollment.

BYES: A half point bye is available in Round 1. Request the bye by emailing Bonnie Waitzkin, chessteach@gmail.com.

Registration

Registration & Schedule
Please note: preregistration closes at 6 p.m. Friday evening prior to tournament
No Score, K-1, Novice I (K-8 beginners), Novice 2, Reserve, Open, Parents
Pre-Registration preferred
On-site registration: 11 a.m. to Noon
Check-In (if pre-registered) by Noon
First Round Starts: Players meeting 12:20; play 12:30 p.m.

Closed (K-12 1000-1200)
Pre-Registration required
On-site registration: n/a
Check-In (if pre-registered) by 10:15 a.m.
First Round Starts: 10:30 a.m.

Future Masters (K-12 1200-1400)
Pre-Registration required
On-site registration: n/a
Check-In (if pre-registered) by 10:15 a.m.
First Round Starts: 10:30 a.m.

Near Masters (K-12 1400-1600)
Pre-Registration required
On-site registration: n/a
Check-In (if pre-registered) by 10:15 a.m.
First Round Starts: 10:30 a.m.

Under 2000 (K-12 1600-2000)
Pre-Registration required
On-site registration: n/a
Check-In (if pre-registered) by 10:15 a.m.
First Round Starts: 10:30 a.m.

Parents of Players
Pre-Registration preferred
On-site registration: 11 a.m. to Noon
Check-In (if pre-registered) by Noon
First Round Starts: 12:45 p.m.

REGISTRATION FEE: If you preregister, you pay your registration fee at the door when you check in. Fee for pre-registered players is $35; on site registration fee is $45. Entry fees for the Greater Princeton Championship are $40 and $50. Cash or check to "Bonnie Waitzkin."

Awards

AWARDS: Round times will be accelerated when possible and awards will be presented as soon as a section is finished to minimize your wait time. The tournament usually ends before 5 p.m.

Plaques will be given to the top six players and the top three teams in each scored section, with the exception of players in the over 1000 sections, which will not offer team plaques and will initially offer only three individual plaques. (If more than one player has a perfect 4-0 score in any section, they will share first place and an additional plaque will be ordered, if necessary.)

TEAMS: All participants will receive a chess medal. A team must consist of at least two players from the same school. The top three scores by players from the same school count toward the team total. Team plaques will be awarded to the top three teams in the each of the afternoon sections: for players rated under 1000 and for unrated players.

At the GREATER PRINCETON CHAMPIONSHIP in December, trophies will be presented to all individual winners and there will be a souvenir trophy for all players.

Additional Information and Snowdays

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – Please do not park in the fire lanes. Parental supervision is required for the duration of the tournament and children are asked not to roam through the school. Pizza, sandwiches and snacks are sold onsite and parents may access our wireless internet service from the Campus Center.

START TIMES - 10:15 a.m. for Over 1000 sections, 12:00 p.m. for Under 1000 sections

SNOWDAYS - If it is necessary to postpone the tournament because of snow, there will be an early morning announcement at www.pds.org. Early registration online will be transferred to the tournament on the snowdate (usually one week later) unless you email to cancel.

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