Tournament Regulations and Requirements

Ohio Scholastic Chess Championship Events

Specifications and Requirements

(as revised through January 2005)

I.  General

1.  Six Ohio championship events will be held each year: the Ohio Grade Level Chess Championships (section II); the Ohio Team Chess Championships (section III); the Ohio Elementary Chess Championships (section IV); the Ohio Middle School Chess Championships (section V); the Ohio High School Chess Championships (section VI); and the Ohio Girl's Chess Championship (section VII).  No other scholastic chess event styled an "Ohio Championship" or "State Championship" will be held in Ohio under the sponsorship of OSCA or any of its member schools.

2.  Any student enrolled in an Ohio school in grades K-12, or home-schooled in Ohio in the same grades, and aged 19 years or less, will be eligible to play in a championship event.   Eligibility will not be limited to students attending OSCA member schools. No player will be permitted to compete in more than one of the elementary, middle school and high school chess championships in the same year (events 3, 4 and 5 in Paragraph 1).

3.  Events will be organized and conducted by agents licensed by OSCA.  Agents may apply for license to organize a championship event by email to the President of the Board of Directors ("Board").  Deadlines for applications have been established as follows: January 15th (Of the prior school year) for K-12 Championship; March 31st (of the prior schoofor l year) Girl's Championship; September 15th for Elementary Championship and High School/Middle School Championships; March 31st (Of the prior school year) for Team Championship  The Board may, at its discretion, accept an application submitted after the deadline.

 4.  An application will include full particulars with regard to (1) identity of applicants and event sponsors; (2) provision for registration of entrants; (3) provision of boards, sets and clocks; (4) event direction, monitoring, score-taking, pairing and tie-breaking; (5) event schedule; (6) size and degree of seclusion of playing areas; (7) waiting area floor space and number of tables and chairs; (8) availability and safety of recreation areas; (9) availability of parking; (10) availability of food and drink; (11) structure of awards; (12) number and grandeur of trophies, (13) entry fees, (14) plans for promotion of the event, (15) itemized preliminary budget, and (16) explicit agreement to provide information and fees to OSCA as specified in Paragraph 16, below.

5.  Any application for license to organize a championship implicitly subscribes entirely to the organization and structure specified for that event in these requirements.  An agent applying for license is responsible to know the requirements, and is bound by all requirements regardless of the content of its application.  To meet all expenses associated with a licensed event, including any expenses necessary to satisfy these requirements, is the responsibility solely of the organizer.  Any proceeds of the event, after payment of fees to OSCA as specified in Paragraph 16, below, will accrue to the organizer.

6.  License will be granted by decision of the Board, based on its evaluation of the adequacy of the application, the merits of the particular aspects of the proposal, and the best interests of Ohio scholastic chess.  The Board will be the sole judge of these matters and may license the organization of a championship event to any agent, regardless of what may be perceived to be the merit of the agent's application or those of other agents.  The term "organizer" is used here to denote an agent who has been granted license to conduct a championship event.

7.  No playing sections will be held at a championship event other than those specified in these requirements.

8.  Fees of players receiving free or reduced-price lunch, as warranted by the signed attestation of the school's principal on the entry form, will not exceed a total of $10 in regular fees, or an additional $5 in late fees if applicable.  There will be no corresponding discount of any necessary USCF dues.

9.  The entry form will indicate sections, event schedule, time controls, awards, entry fee, contingent fees and dues, entry deadlines, food availability, directions to site, and parking arrangements.  A place will be provided on the entry form for the principal of a player's school to attest and sign that the player receives free or reduced-price lunch.

10.  Playing sections designated as rated, whether individual or team, will be conducted under the regular USCF rules prevalent at the time of the event.  Players unable or unwilling to do keep a completed scoresheet will forfeit the right to make claims that depend upon that, as specified in USCF rules. In sections open only to students in Grade 3 and below, no additional penalties will be imposed. In other sections, reasonable penalties, such as time taken off the clock, may be imposed at the discretion of the Tournament Director.   In sections limited to grade six or below, a player's bad conduct may occasion a monitor's intervention without any player's complaint, exactly as if the injured player had complained.  Players in rated sections, however young, will otherwise enjoy the full rights of rated players, and section monitors will be reasonably familiar with these rights.  Ties among players or teams having the same score, when they affect the awards, will be be broken by USCF-approved methods.

11.  No player will be granted more than one requested bye.  No requested bye will be granted in a Round Robin section, or in the final round of a Swiss section.  In individual player competitions, pairings of players from the same school will be avoided as much as possible, consistently with USCF rules on this subject.   Pairings may be accelerated at the discretion of the organizer or the tournament director. 

12.   Any player scoring at least 3.5 points in a five-game section, or 4 points in a six-game section, will receive an individual place trophy, unless this would require awarding trophies to more than three-eighths of the players in a section.  In that case, at the discretion of the organizer, trophy awards may be limited to the highest-finishing three eighths of the players.  In school competitions, at least three eighths of schools with enough participants for school award will receive a school trophy.   All trophies will indicate the year, name of the event (for example, Ohio High School Championship), section, and place in the finish order.   In sections limited to grade six or below, all players who finish the final round will receive a substantial material token of participation, such as a medallion or small trophy.

13.  Honors beyond those specified in Paragraph 12 may be provided at the discretion of the organizer.  But no honor will be given that does not directly reflect a player's total score in relation to other competitors for the same honor, and no honor will be given limited to a class of players defined other than by grade or USCF rating.  Examples of permitted classes of players within which players may receive awards based on total score: below a certain grade level, below a certain rating level.  Examples of non-permitted classes: female players, youngest players, farthest-traveling players, players from a certain part of Ohio.  

14.  In sections that confer an Ohio championship, the first place individual or team trophy will prominently say, "Ohio Champion," and its winner will be conspicuously hailed as such.  In other sections, the first place individual and team trophies will omit that term, and will say, "First Place."

15.  In case a section confers both individual and school championships, the grandeur of the individual and school trophies, for a given place, will be the same.  In case an event confers championships in more than one section, the grandeur of given place awards in different sections will be the same. 

16.  The organizer will (1) send to the Recording Secretary, not later than five days after the event's completion, complete results and crosstabs in tab-delimited or html tabular format; and (2) remit to the Treasurer, not later than ten days after the event's completion, a cash payment of fifty cents for each paying registrant receiving a discount under Paragraph 8 above, and one dollar for each other paying registrant.  A paying registrant for these purposes is a player who pays fees and does not receive a full refund, regardless of whether he or she plays in the event.   With the required payment, the organizer will provide a list of player names, schools, and fee payments (not including USCF dues)  for each player registered.

II.  Ohio Grade Level Chess Championships (Bid deadline: January 15th of prior school year)

1.  The Ohio Grade Level Chess Championships will be held once a year, normally in October or November on a Saturday that does not conflict with the corresponding Nationals.  They may, depending on the license granted by OSCA, be divided between separate events for grades K-6 and grades 7-12.  Here, this event or pair of events is termed the "event."

2.  The event will consist of thirteen sections, one section for each grade K-12, styled "Kindergarten Championship," "First Grade Championship" and so forth.  A player will play in the section corresponding to the grade in which he is enrolled, or not at all.  Sections in grades K-2 will be unrated; all other sections will be rated.   Each section will confer championship honors.

3.  Each section will consist of five rounds.  In grades K-2, games will be played at G/30 in all rounds.  In grades 3-6, games will be played at G/30 in rounds 1-4,  G/45 in round 5.  In grades 7-12, games will be played at G/45 in rounds 1-4, G/60 in round 5.  Pairings will be according to the Swiss system.

4.  Two or more players enrolled at the same school and playing in the same section will be eligible for a school prize in that section.  School prizes will be awarded on the basis of the total scores of the three highest-scoring players from the given school in the given section (in case of tied scores between players from the same school, players with higher individual tiebreaks will be counted toward school honors).  A player will have no option to exclude himself or herself from the reckoning for his or her school. 

5.  The individual winner of each section will be hailed as the Ohio champion of the given grade, and the school winner, as the Ohio champion school of the given grade.   Co-champions will be recognized in case of identical scores, regardless of tiebreaks.

III.  Ohio Team Chess Championships (Bid deadline: March 31st of prior school year)

1.  The Ohio Team Chess Championships will be held once a year, normally on a Saturday.  The specific month or months in which the event may be held will be determined by the Board, and will be published when it solicits applications to organize the event.

2.  The event will consist of four sections: Primary Team Championship, Elementary Team Championship,  Middle School Team Championship, and High School Team Championship.  Each will confer team championship team honors.  The Primary Team section will be open to players in grades K-3;  the Elementary Team section, to players in grades K-6 ; the Middle School Team section, to players in grades K-8; the High School Team section, to players in grades K-12.   The Elementary, Middle School, and High School sections will be rated.  The Primary section will be unrated.  A player in the sixth grade may play for a team registered in the Elementary section only if the given school offers no grade higher than the sixth. 

3.  Each team will consist of four "boards," or players in descending order of presumed strength, styled First Board, Second Board, and so forth.  A team will consist of up to six players, with some players sitting out some games so that their teammates may play.  All the players for a given team will have to be registered at the same school.  A team's application for registration will list the names players, their ratings, their ages, and their proposed board assignments. Applications will have to list at least four players and will be made in good faith that all named players will play.  Changes to the list of a team's players will not be accepted after the start of the first round.

4.  Regardless of whether a section is rated or unrated, players will be assigned to boards based first upon rating, then age (a rated player is always assigned above an unrated one).  If a team consists of more than four players, they will all be ranked by the same method, and in each round, team members will have to be assigned to boards in rank order.  A player whose rating is based on ten or fewer games may be listed either as rated or unrated on a team's entry form,  with possibly consequent effect on the board assignments for the given team.  In case the board assignments proposed on a team's application for registration are inconsistent with this, the organizer will reassign them and inform the applicants of the change.

5.  Each section will consist of five rounds.   The primary and elementary sections will play at G/30, the other sections, at G/45.   Out of consideration for the opponent in the competition for board prizes, no requested byes will be given.  A player paired against a forfeited or withdrawn player, based on team pairings and board assignments, will receive a forfeit win.

6.  The color assigned to a team for a match will determine the color assigned to its odd-numbered boards, while its even-numbered boards will be assigned the opposite color.  A win on any board will count 1 board point, a draw will count 0.5 board points, and a loss will count zero board points.   A team scoring 2.5 or more board points will win the match and scores 1 match point, while the opposing team will lose the match and scores zero match points.  If both teams score 2 board points, the match will be drawn, and each team will score 0.5 match points.  In each section, the finish order of teams will determined by the number of match points scored. 

7.  In case a section consists of seven or more teams, it will be paired as a Swiss event with score groups of teams determined by like match scores.  In case a section consists of six or fewer teams, it will be paired as a Round Robin event, each team playing one game against each other team.   In either case, customary measures are taken to ensure a roughly even assignment of colors.   In case of four teams in any section, it may, at the discretion of the organizers, be organized as a double Round Robin event, each team playing two games against each other team, with alternating color assignments.    In case of less than four teams in any section, that section will be subsumed by the next-higher section (and the same may be done with a four-team section at the discretion of the organizers).  When sections are thus combined, teams in each grade-level group will receive honors based on their relative finish order within that group, irrespective of their absolute finish order.  If teams in grades K-5 are combined with teams in higher grades, the resulting section will play at G/45. 

8.  The team finish order in each section will determine team honors and corresponding trophies, and sufficient trophies will be awarded that at least three-eighths of the teams competing will receive a trophy.   The first place team will be styled "Ohio team champion" of the given category, for example, the "Ohio High School Team Champion."  A co-championship will be recognized only in case both match points and board points are tied, otherwise, the team with the greater board points will be recognized as champion.  Team champions and co-champions will be conspicuously hailed as such when their awards are given.  Trophies for analogous honors in different team sections will be of equal grandeur.

9.  The board point scores of individual players will determine board place honors, and corresponding trophies.  The score of a player who competes on more than one board (due to substitutions or withdrawals) will count for board prizes for the lowest board on which he or she plays.  The individual board competitions will not confer championship honors, and board trophies will be of less grandeur than team trophies.  A player with a board score of 3.5 or higher will receive a place trophy.  In case sections are combined, at least three-eighths of the players playing for teams registered in the lower sections will receive board place honors in their section.  

IV.  Ohio Elementary School Chess Championships (Bid deadline: September 15th)

1.  The Ohio Elementary School Chess Championships will be held once a year, normally in March or April on a Saturday that does not conflict with the corresponding Nationals.  They will not be held together with the Ohio Middle School or High School Championships.  The event will span one day.

2.  The event will consist of three rated sections: Primary Championship, Elementary Reserve, and Elementary Championship. Additional Novice (unrated) sections may be included at the discretion of the organizer.  The Primary and Elementary Championships will confer championships; the Reserve and Novice sections will not.  The Primary Championship will be open to players in grades K-3, the other two rated sections, to players in grades K-6. 

3.  Each year, the Board will determine, and publish when it solicits applications to organize the event, a rating cutoff, below which a player will be eligible to play in the Reserve.   Players with ratings under the reserve section cutoff, or unrated players, will be eligible to play in either section.  Players with ratings above the reserve section cutoff will have to play in a championship section or not at all.  

4.  Each section will consist of four rounds at G/30 and a fifth round at G/45.  Pairings will be according to the Swiss system. 

5.   Two or more players enrolled at the same school and playing in the same section will be eligible for a school prize in that section.  School prizes will be awarded on the basis of the total scores of the four highest-scoring players from the given school in the given section (in case of tied scores between players from the same school, the player who would most contribute to school tiebreaks will be counted toward school honors).  A player from a given school will have no option to exclude himself or herself from the reckoning for that school. 

5.  The individual winner of each championship section will be hailed as the Ohio champion in his or her level, for example, the "Ohio Primary Champion."  The winning school will be hailed as the Ohio school champion for the given section, for example, the "Ohio K-6 School Champion."  Co-champion individuals and schools will be recognized in case of identical winning scores, regardless of tiebreaks.  In the Elementary Championship, the highest-finishing school that includes no 6th graders among its participants will be the "Ohio K-5 School Champion" trophy, and will be so hailed.  In case such a school wins the Elementary School Championship, this honor will be awarded to the next-highest-finishing K-5 school.  The trophies for K-6 and K-5 school champion will be of equal grandeur.

V.  Ohio Middle School Chess Championships (Bid deadline: September 15th)

1.  The Ohio Middle School Chess Championships will be held once a year, normally in March or April on a weekend that does not conflict with the corresponding Nationals.  They may, depending on the license granted by OSCA, be held together with the Ohio High School Championships.  The event will span two days, Saturday and Sunday.

2.  The event will consist of two sections, a Middle School Reserve and a Middle School Championship, each of which will be rated.  Each will be open to players in grades 6-8 and no others.  The Championship will confer championship honors; the Reserve will not. 

3.  Each year, the Board will determine, and publish when it solicits applications to organize the event, a rating cutoff, below which a player will be eligible to play in the Reserve.   Players with ratings under the reserve section cutoff, or unrated players, will be eligible to play in either section.  Players with ratings above the reserve section ceiling will have to play in the Championship or not at all.  

4.  The Reserve will consist of six rounds at G/60.  Championship will consist of three rounds at G/60 followed by three rounds at G/90.  For both sections,  four rounds will be played on Saturday and two on Sunday.  Pairings will be according to the Swiss system.

5.   Two or more players enrolled at the same school and playing in the same section will be eligible for a school prize in that section.  School prizes will be awarded on the basis of the total scores of the four highest-scoring players from the given school in the given section (in case of tied scores between players from the same school, the player who would most contribute to school tiebreaks will be counted toward school honors).  A player from a given school will have no option to exclude himself or herself from the team of that school. 

6.  The individual winner of the Championship will be hailed as the Ohio Middle School Champion, and the school winner, as the Ohio Middle School Champion School.   Co-champions will be recognized in case of identical scores, regardless of tiebreaks.

VI.  Ohio High School Chess Championships (Bid deadline: September 15th)

1.  The Ohio High School Chess Championships will be held once a year, normally in March or April on a weekend that does not conflict with the corresponding Nationals.  They may, depending on the license granted by OSCA, be held together with the Ohio Middle School Championships.  The event will span two days, Saturday and Sunday.

2.  The event will consist of two sections, a High School Reserve and a High School Championship, each of which will be rated.  Each will be open to players in grades 9-12 and no others.  The Championship will confer championship honors; the Reserve will not. 

3.  Each year, the Board will determine, and publish when it solicits applications to organize the event, a rating cutoff, below which a player will be eligible to play in the Reserve.   Players with ratings under the reserve section cutoff, or unrated players, will be eligible to play in either section.  Players with ratings above the reserve section cutoff will have to play in the Championship or not at all.  

4.  The Reserve will consist of six rounds at G/60.  Championship will consist of three rounds at G/60 followed by three rounds at G/90.  For both sections,  four rounds will be played on Saturday and two on Sunday.  Pairings will be according to the Swiss system.

5.   Two or more players enrolled at the same school and playing in the same section will be eligible for a school prize in that section.  School prizes will be awarded on the basis of the total scores of the four highest-scoring players from the given school in the given section (in case of tied scores between players from the same school, the player who would most contribute to school tiebreaks will be counted toward school honors).  A player from a given school will have no option to exclude himself or herself from the team of that school. 

6.  The individual winner of the Championship will be hailed as the Ohio High School Champion, and the school winner, as the Ohio High School Champion School.   Co-champions will be recognized in case of identical scores, regardless of tiebreaks.

VII. Ohio Girls Chess Championships  (Bid deadline: March 31st of prior school year)

1. The Ohio Girls Chess Championships will be held once a year, normally in the Winter or Spring prior to April 30th on a weekend that does not conflict with any other National or Ohio Scholastic Championship.The event will be held in one day.

2. The event will consist of a rated K-12 Girls Championship section and other sections rated and unrated at the discretion of the organizer. Only the K-12 Girls Championship section will confer state championship honors to all players finishing in the top score group.

3. The top player (after tie breaks) in the K-12 Girls Championship section will be offered the opportunity to be the Ohio representative to the National Polgar girls tournament if that event is held in that year. If that player is unable to participate at the Polgar, the offer will be passed in turn to the next top finisher until a player accepts.

 
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