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Concept Online Chess Tournament

Dear IMSA Parents-Guardians, Students and Staff

We wanted to create another opportunity for our students, parents, and staff to have some fun and show their talents by joining our first annual Concept Online Chess Tournament. This online chess tournament is a unique opportunity for the entire Concept community to get involved. This event is not just for students, but adults may participate as well. We would appreciate it if you can join us. 

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade, parents, teachers and administrators in the Concept Schools Network, are invited to compete in the second week of our online chess tournament on Friday, May 8 between 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern Time. 

You still can sign up and join us this week, even if you did not participate last week. 

At the Concept Online Chess Tournament sections will be:

  • Elementary 3-5: Top three winners will receive $20 Amazon Gift Cards

  • Middle School 6-8: Top three winners will receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards

  • High school 9-12: Top three winners will receive $30 Amazon Gift Cards

  • Staff and Parents: Top three winners will receive $40 Amazon Gift Cards

Everyone who wants to participate needs to register, agree with all the terms, and check their email to activate their account. Registration is required before the tournament, please go to:  

https://lichess.org/signup    

After you register and sign in, click on your grade level tournament link below on Friday, a few minutes before the tournament begins, click on “join” and enter the password provided. 

How are scores calculated?

A win has a base score of 2 points, a draw 1 point, and a loss is worth no points.

If you win two games consecutively, you will start a double point streak, represented by a flame icon.

The following games will continue to be worth double points until you fail to win a game.

That is, a win will be worth 4 points, a draw 2 points, and a loss will still not award any points.

For example, two wins followed by a draw will be worth 6 points: 2 + 2 + (2 x 1)

How is the winner decided?

The player(s) with the most points at the conclusion of the tournament’s set time limit will be announced winner(s).

When two or more players have the same number of points, your performance in the tournament will be the tie breaker.

How does the pairing work?

At the beginning of the tournament, players are paired based on their ratings.

As soon as you finish a game, return to the tournament lobby: you will then be paired with a player close to your ranking. This ensures minimum wait time; however, you may not face all other players in the tournament.

Play fast and return to the lobby to play more games and win more points.

How does it end?

The tournament has a countdown clock. When it reaches zero, the tournament rankings are frozen, and the winner is announced. Games in progress must be finished, however, they don’t count for the tournament.

Other important rules.

There is a countdown for your first move. Failing to make a move within this time will forfeit the game to your opponent.

Drawing the game within the first 10 moves will earn neither player any points.