2018 LA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP & LA STATE BLITZ CHAMP. - Sept. 1-3, 2018 - Baton Rouge, LA

                                       

                          AND

are proud to present the . . .

2018 LOUISIANA STATE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

 Saturday - Sunday - Monday 
 September 1 - 3, 2018
(Labor Day Weekend)

(USCF and FIDE Rated)

 and the

2018 LOUISIANA  STATE BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 8 p.m.

(USCF Blitz Rated)

There is a discounted Entry Fee for entering both tournaments; please scroll down below for the link to register for one or both of these events!

 Both events are official Louisiana State Chess Association events - current membership in the USCF and the LCA are required for all players.  LCA memberships are $15 for adult players (age 18 and over) and $5 for scholastic players (age under 18) - Other States' Memberships Accepted - both may be purchased or renewed on site.  For USCF memberships, please scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the membership rates by age/membership category where you may register or renew a membership on line by clicking on the appropriate membership category.


2018 LA STATE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

LOCATION 

Baton Rouge Marriott

5500 Hilton Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Hotel Rate: $119 per night (+ tax)
Please ask for special chess tournament rate and reserve by August 10th or chess rate may not be available.

To Reserve by Phone:

800-228-9290 or 225-924-5000

To Reserve On-Line please click on

Baton Rouge Marriott Reservations for 2018 LA State Championship

Hotel Amenities:

  • Free Parking
  • Free Wireless Internet in the Individual Sleeping Rooms

FORMAT 

7SS, G/90 i30

(USCF-rated and FIDE-rated using FIDE Rules)

ONE SECTION with CLASS PRIZES 

ONE PLAYING SECTION ONLY:  OPEN 

Prize Fund:  $4,000, b/100, 50% gtd. 

*OPEN: $1000 + plaque - $500 - $250 

U2000: $500 - $250 

U1800: $400 - $200 

U1600: $350 - $150 

U1300/Unr.: $300 - $100 

*Winner of Louisiana State Championship Title must be a Louisiana resident or full-time student in a Louisiana School/University and must be able to provide some kind of identification showing Louisiana residency (i.e., driver's license, state I.D. card, or current school I.D.) in order to win the title of state champion. Louisiana state champion also receives the LA State Trophy to keep for one year until the 2018 LA State Championship Tournament. 

In the event of a tie, the Louisiana State Champion will be determined by USCF-recommended computer tiebreaks. 


ON-SITE REGISTRATION

Saturday, Sept. 2 - 8:30 - 9:00 am

No checks accepted at site; Cash or Credit Cards Only.

ROUND TIMES 

* Saturday, Sept. 1:    9:30 am - 3:30 pm 
Sunday, Sept. 2:    9:30 am - 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Monday, Sept. 3:    9:30 am - 2:30 pm
* LCA Business Meeting Saturday at 2 pm. 

 BYES 

Up to three 1/2-point byes available if requested prior to the final pairing of Round 3 (approximately 9am on Sunday morning) and before any full-point bye is awarded. Requesting byes for both Rounds 6 AND 7 is not permitted.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE ADHERING TO THE FIDE RULES CONCERNING BYES

 [FIDE Competition Rules 08.3(4)] : http://www.fide.com/FIDE/handbook/Competition_Rules.pdf

 ...the rules may permit a player to take a half point bye in a given round. It is only allowed if adequate notice has been given and is agreed to by the arbiter.... It is not permitted in the last round of a tournament.


 ENTRY FEES 

$90 if postmarked by Monday, 8/27/18; $100 thereafter and at site
USCF membership required (see rates at bottom of this email)
LCA membership required ($15 Adults; $5 Scholastic)
Other States' Memberships Accepted

 ELECTRONIC NOTATION DEVICES 

The only four electronic chess notation devices which are approved for and allowed in a USCF-rated tournament are the Monroi, the e-Notate PDA, the Plycount and the Chess NoteR. You may use any 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 or under the tablecloth). The tournament director has the right to request to see your notation device at any time before, during or after your game. Notation scoresheets will be available to all players.

  ADVANCE REGISTRATION 

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

On-line: 

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

2018 LA State Chess Championship Registration - $90 

By Phone: 

You may register with a credit card by phone at (504) 208-9596 or (504) 905-2971. 

By Mail:

 You may send a check with registration info to: 

Cajun Chess 

12405 Hillary Step Dr. 

Olive Branch, MS 38654 

If you wish to mail in your entry with a check (or credit card info), please be sure to include the player's name, full address, phone number, email contact, USCF I.D. number, FIDE I.D. number (if you have one), and date of birth (FIDE requirement).

NOTE:  If you do not yet have a FIDE number, we wil also need your Birth City, Birth State, Country of Citizenship, and Gender (male or female), which are all required by FIDE in order to issue you a FIDE number.


2018 LA STATE BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 - 8 p.m. 

OPEN TO ALL CHESS PLAYERS - USCF Blitz Rated 

One Section Only:  OPEN

Format

7-Round double SS, G/5 d0 (play each opponent as black and white);
USCF Blitz Rated
USCF Regular Ratings used for Pairings and Prizes.

Prizes

 $400, b/30, 50% gtd.

OPEN: $100 & Plaque to top Louisiana resident - $50.
U2000: $80
U1800: $70
U1600: $60
U1300: $40 

Blitz On-Site Registration

On site anytime prior to 7:45 pm.  First round starts at 8pm. Rounds immediately follow each other; tournament should end around 11pm. 

Tiebreaks

USCF-recommended computer tiebreaks will decide trophy and title, if necessary. 

Entry Fee

$20 if postmarked or received on line prior to Monday, 8/27/2018; $25 thereafter and at site. Discount of $5 if also playing in the State Championship.  USCF membership (see rates below) and LCA membership required (LCA membership is $15 for adults; $5 for scholastic under 18 years old), which may be paid on site. 

Pre-registration

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

On-Line: To pre-register on line with a credit card, please click on 

2018 LA State Blitz Championship Registration - $20 

By Phone: To pre-register by phone, please call (504) 208-9596 or (504) 905-2971. 

By Mail: Please send check or credit card info and player information to: 

Cajun Chess 

12405 Hillary Step Dr. 

Olive Branch, MS 38654 

If you do mail in your entry, please be sure to include the player's name, full address, phone, email contact, and USCF I.D. number (if applicable).


DISCOUNT FOR PLAYING IN BOTH EVENTS

There is a $5 discount for entering both events (State Championship and Blitz Championship).  If you would like to register for both, please click on:

2018 State Championship & State Blitz Registrations - $105


 MISCELLANEOUS INFO

Players should bring their chess boards, pieces and clocks, if available. 

USCF & FIDE Tournament rules will be enforced for all sections of the main event. 

Chess notation required for main event. Individual score sheets will be available to the players. 

Chess Vendor (Cajun Chess) will be on site. 

Please bring a sweater or a light jacket as sometimes it gets very cold in hotel ballrooms. 


 MORE INFORMATION

For questions or more info, please email

cajunchess@yahoo.com

or call 504-208-9596


USCF MEMBERSHIP 

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

MEMBERSHIPS: FEES & BENEFITS:
Premium Adult:

$49.00 - (Premium Adult) one-year membership includes 12 issues per year of Chess Life magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Regular Adult:

$40.00 - (Regular Adult) one-year membership includes online access to monthly Chess Life magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Seniors 65 & over:

$40.00 - (Senior) one-year membership includes 12 issues per year of Chess Life magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Premium Young Adult:

$35.00 - (Premium Young Adult - age 24 and Under) one-year membership includes 12 issues per year of Chess Life magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Regular Young Adult:

$26.00 - (Regular Young Adult - age 24 and Under) one-year membership includes online access to Chess Life magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Premium Youth:

$30.00 - (Premium Youth - age 15 and Under) one-year membership includes 6 issues of Chess Life magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Regular Youth:

$22.00 - (Regular Youth - age 15 and Under) one-year membership includes online access to monthly Chess Life magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Premium Scholastic:

$25.00 - (Premium Scholastic - age 12 and Under) one-year membership includes 6 issues of Chess Life for Kids magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Regular Scholastic:

$17.00  - (Regular Scholastic - age 12 and Under) one-year membership includes online access to Chess Life for Kids magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

  Thank You . . . 

and we look forward to seeing you at these wonderful LOUISIANA Events ! ! !