2013 Susan Polgar New Orleans Championship for Boys & Girls - Info for Main Event & Side Events

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2013 SUSAN POLGAR NEW ORLEANS CHAMPIONSHIP FOR BOYS & GIRLS

(K-12) TEAM & INDIVIDUAL

(USCF-rated and Non-rated Sections Available -  Event Open to all Scholastic Chess Players Grades K-12)
 (hosted by The Susan Polgar Foundation) 
 

Friday - Sunday, March 1 - 3, 2013

New Orleans, Louisiana

6-Round Swiss - G/45, d5 

(6 total games will be played--each opponent has 45 minutes (with 5-second clock delay) to complete his game; NO ELIMINATION, everyone will play all 6 games). Individual & Team competition will be played simultaneously.
FOR SIDE EVENTS AND USCF MEMBERSHIP RATES, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.

LOCATION

Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome

330 Loyola Ave.

New Orleans, LA 70112

(800) 535-7830


SECTIONS

8 USCF-Rated Sections for School Teams, Club Teams & Individuals, with each section "separately" for Boys & Girls*: 

K-2 (Primary)

3-5 (Elementary)

6-8 (Middle School)

9-12 (High School)

1 Non-Rated Section for Individuals Only

(no School or Club Teams)

K-12-Reserve  

NOTE: All members on a "SCHOOL TEAM" or "CLUB TEAM" must register in the same group (Boys or Girls) and in the same section (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12).

Please be sure to include your school team name or club team name in your registration information.

Each section must have at least 7 players or section will be combined.


SCHOOL TEAM & CLUB TEAM INFO

A "TEAM" will consist of a minimum of 2 or more players from the same school or home school district, with the top 3 player scores counting toward the final team score. There is no maximum number of players that may be on a team, but only the top 3 scores will count for the final team standings. All players on a "TEAM" must register in the same section and in the same group (Boys or Girls).  Team and individual games are played simultaneously.

NOTE: A player must declare whether he/she is on a School Team or a Club Team prior to the start of Round 2, but may not be on both.


HOST HOTEL & PARKING INFO

Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome

330 Loyola Ave.

New Orleans, LA 70112

(800) 535-7830

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fitness Center
  • 10% discount on food & beverage for registered chess players staying at site hotel
  • Free Tournament T-Shirt to each registered chess player staying at site hotel

Hotel Rate: $149 per night with 2-night minimum (March 1 & 2) for King or Double Room until sold out, or until Jan. 18, 2013, and mention "Polgar Chess Rate" to assure group rate.

Parking for overnight hotel guests is $15 + tax per 24-hour period with in-and-out privileges during that time period, and this charge will be added to your hotel room account.  Parking for local players who are not staying in the hotel is $4 per day (not overnight) with NO in-and-out privileges; tickets for local discounted parking may be obtained at the chess tournament registration desk.

ALTERNATE/OVERFLOW HOTEL

(Hotel is one mile from Host Hotel) 

SpringHill Suites New Orleans Downtown 

301 St. Joseph Street 

New Orleans, LA 70130 

(888) 364-1200 

Hotel Rate: $209 per night for King + Sofa Sleeper or Double + Sofa Sleeper until sold out, or until Feb. 8, 2013, and mention "Polgar Chess Rate" to assure group rate. 


ROUND TIMES

Saturday, March 2, (Rds. 1-3):    10 am - 12 noon - 2 pm

Sunday,   March 3, (Rds. 4-6):    11  am - 1 pm - 3 pm


PRIZES

Main Open Championship - USCF-Rated Sections

Over $100,000 in scholarships to Webster University! *

(A scholarship shall be awarded to the top High School Boy AND Girl.  Students must meet Webster University admission criteria upon graduation from high school.)

* Limitations may apply to students who have previously been awarded Webster Scholasthips - Any student who has previously won a Webster University Scholarship at another event may not win a second "full" scholarship; the second scholarship will have a limited value of $4,000 ($1,000 for each of 4 years)

 

Trophies guaranteed (separately for Boys & Girls) to:

the top 5 Individual Winners in each section;

the top 3 School Teams in each section; 

 the top Club Team in each section.

In addition, in the 3-5 Sections and the 6-8 Sections for each group (Boys and Girls), the top three section winners will also receive, besides a trophy, the following: 

1st Place - Tablet Computer 

2nd Place - $100 in Chess Prizes 

3rd Place - $50 in Chess Prizes 

In the K-2 Section, the prizes will be as follows: 

1st Place - $200 in Chess Prizes 

2nd Place - $100 in Chess Prizes 

3rd Place - $50 in Chess Prizes 

Main Open Championship - K-12 Reserve (Unrated) Section Prizes

The top 3 Girl Winners and the top 3 Boy Winners in the K-12 Reserve (Unrated) Section will each receive a one-year USCF Scholastic Membership.

NOTE:  More trophies will be added to any section that has over 25 pre-entries by Feb. 10th!  So . . . please register EARLY!!!

   Awards Ceremony for the Main Event will be held at as soon as possible after the last round on Sunday, March 3rd.


ELECTRONIC NOTATION DEVICES

The only two electronic chess notation devices which are approved for and allowed in a USCF-rated tournament are the Monroi and the e-Notate PDA. You may use either one of these devices, but the device must remain on top of the table at all times (you may not hold it under the table in your lap). The tournament director has the right to request to see your notation device at any time before, during or after your game.


BYES (1/2-point)

Available for any Round. Limit two byes per player. Must commit to take a bye prior to the start of Round 2.


TIEBREAKS

USCF-recommended computer tiebreaks will decide trophy placements for winners in each section, if necessary.


ENTRY FEE FOR MAIN EVENT

$45 if received by Thursday, Jan. 10th;

$55 if received by Friday, Feb. 1st;

after Feb. 1st and on-site the Entry Fee is $65 for all.


ADVANCE REGISTRATION

(Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express & PayPal accepted)

NOTE: Pre-registration is required by 8 p.m. on Friday, March 1, in order to play in the first round on Saturday morning.
On-site registrations will be accepted from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, and player will be paired for Round 2 but will receive a 1/2-pt. bye for Round 1.

On-line:

You may register with a credit card on-line at www.cajunchess.com by clicking on the following:

Main Open Championship Registration

By Mail:

You may send a check payable to "Cajun Chess" with registration info to:

Cajun Chess

7230 Chadbourne Drive

New Orleans, LA   70126

If you wish to mail in your entry with a check, please be sure to include the player's name, full address, phone, email contact, USCF I.D. number, school, current grade and, if applicable, school team name or club team name.


ON-SITE-REGISTRATION

Friday, March 1st:  You may register on-site from 2 - 8 p.m. 

Saturday, March 2nd: You may register on-site from 9:30 - 11 a.m., but you will receive a 1/2-point bye for Round 1 and then you will be paired for Round 2 and all later rounds. 

No checks accepted at site (cash or credit cards only).


USCF MEMBERSHIP

One-year memberships in the U.S. Chess Federation for rated tournament play are as follows:

Regular Scholastic Membership (for ages 12 and under) - $17

includes on-line access to 6 issues of the magazine "Chess Life for Kids"

Premium Scholastic Membership (for ages 12 and under) - $24

includes 6 mailed issues of the magazine "Chess Life for Kids"

Regular Youth Membership (for ages 15 and under) - $22

includes on-line access to 6 issues of the magazine "Chess Life"

Premium Youth Membership (for ages 15 and under) - $28

includes 6 mailed issues of the magazine "Chess Life"

Regular Young Adult Membership (for ages 24 and under) - $26

includes on-line access to 12 issues of the magazine "Chess Life"

Premium Young Adult Membership (for ages 24 and under) - $33

includes 12 mailed issues of the magazine "Chess Life"


MISCELLANEOUS

Chess boards and sets will be furnished, but each player must bring his own chess clock.

USCF Tournament rules will be enforced for ALL sections.

If a player knows chess notation, it is highly recommended that he notate his games. Individual score sheets will be available to the players.

Chess Vendor (Cajun Chess) will be on site.

Event Commemorative Tee-Shirts will be available with Players' names on the back.  For deadlines to have names printed and additional information, please scroll down below.

Awards ceremony for MAIN EVENT will be held at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 3.


FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MAIN EVENT

For questions or more info, please email

CajunChess@yahoo.com

or call 504-208-9596


SIDE EVENTS


 SPECIAL SIDE EVENT COMBO

includes the following 3 events:

GM Susan Polgar Simul

Puzzle Solving Competition

G/5 Blitz Tournament

for a special discounted price of $40 if registered by Feb. 1st

For more information on these events, please scroll down below.

To register for this Special, please click on

Registration for Special Side Event Combo


 GM Susan Polgar Chess Camp - Friday, March 1st

Time: 2 - 5 p.m. Registration for this event closes at 1 p.m. on Friday.

Site Location: Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome, 330 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA

Instructors: GM Susan Polgar and Team

Entry Fee: $40 by Jan. 10th; $50 thereafter and at site

To Pre-register, please click on: GM Susan Polgar Chess Camp Registration

 

Chess Puzzle Solving Championship - Friday, March 1st

Time: 6 - 6:30 p.m. Registration for this event closes at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Site Location: Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome, 330 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA

Entry Fee: $10 by Feb. 1st; $15 thereafter and at site.

Format: Separate sections for Boys and Girls for OPEN, U1500 and U800.

Prizes: Awards to the top 3 winners in the each section.

Awards Ceremony:  Sat., March 2nd, at 11:55 a.m. (before Round 2).

To Pre-register, please click on: Chess Puzzle Solving Championship

 

Bughouse Championship - Friday, March 1st

Time:  7:00 p.m. Registration for this event closes at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Site Location: Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome, 330 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA

Entry Fee: $20 per team by Feb. 1st; $30 thereafter and at site.

Format: SS, G/5; Number of rounds will be based on number of entries.  One section only (teams may be 2 boys, 2 girls, or co-ed)

Prizes: Awards to the top 3 teams.

Awards Ceremony: Sat., March 2nd, at 1:55 p.m. (before Round 3).

To Pre-register, please click on: Bughouse Championship Registration 

 

Parents-Coaches-Friends Tournament - Saturday, March 2nd - (not USCF-rated) 

Time: 10:30 a.m. Registration for this event closes at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. 

Site Location: Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome, 330 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 

Format: 4SS, G/15, d/5  (4 Rounds; Game in 15 minutes with 5-second delay for each opponent). There will be only one OPEN section.  This is not an elimination tournament. Awards based on number of total points in final standings.

Byes:  You may take a one-half point bye for any round.

Prizes:  $150 of Cash Prizes will be awarded:  1st Place - $100;  2nd Place - $50

                               (NOTE: Cash will be split in the event of a tie)   

Entry Fee: $10 (no late fee for registering on site!)

To Pre-register, please click on:  Parents/Coaches/Friends Registration 

 

Blitz Championship - Saturday, March 2nd

Time: 4 p.m.  Registration for this event closes at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Site Location: Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome, 330 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA

Format:  G/5, SS (5 double rounds will be played; Game in 5 minutes for each opponent).  There will be two sections: K-6 Section and 7-12 Section. This is not an elimination tournament. Awards based on number of total points in final standings.

Prizes: Awards will be given out to the top 3 Boys and top 3 Girls in each section.

Entry Fee: $15 by Feb. 1st; $20 thereafter and at site

To Pre-register, please click on: Blitz Championship Registration

 

Simultaneous Exhibition by GM Susan Polgar - Saturday, March 2nd

Time: 7 p.m. Registration for this event closes at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, or earlier if entries reach 25 participants.  So please register early!

Site Location: Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome, 330 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA

Entry Fee: $25 - Open to anyone (ADULTS ARE WELCOME!) who wishes to play a chess game against GM Polgar!

Format: GM Polgar will play up to 25 games simultaneously!

Prizes: An award to anyone who beats or draws GM Polgar and to the last player standing!

To Pre-register, please click on: GM Susan Polgar Simul

 

Breakfast and Q & A Session with GM Susan Polgar at World Famous Brennan's Restaurant- Sunday, March 3rd

Time: 8:30 a.m.  Registration for this event closes at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1st.

Site Location: Brennan's Restaurant, 417 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130. A private room, the "Red Room," has been reserved for this event. Coffee will be served and menu orders taken at 8:30 a.m. (a cash bar will be available for those who wish to partake), and breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m. NOTE: Brennan's Restaurant is the former home of World Chess Champion Paul Morphy. A tour of the facility is included along with breakfast.

Entry Fee: $55 for adults; $30 for children ages 12 and under

To Pre-register, please click on:

ADULT Breakfast at Brennan's with GM Susan Polgar

CHILD Breakfast at Brennan's with GM Susan Polgar


Susan Polgar New Orleans Commemorative Tee-Shirt with Players' Names Printed on Back 

Commemorative Tee-Shirts with the tournament logo on front & pre-registered Players' names printed on the back are free to those Players staying on site at the Holiday Inn, and are available to local Players and those staying off-site for a pre-order price of $18. Only a small number of extras will be available at the tournament site, where the price will be $23. In order for a Player's name to be included on the shirt, the Player should pre-register by February 1, 2013. Names of Players registering after February 1 may not be able to be added to the shirt, so please register early & to pre-order your shirt by clicking the link below:

Susan Polgar New Orleans Championship Commemorative Tee-Shirt


 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SIDE EVENTS

For questions or more info, please email

CajunChess@yahoo.com

or call 504-208-9596