2017 LA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP & SCHOLASTIC KICK-OFF TOURNAMENT - Sept. 2-4, 2017 - Kenner, LA

                                       

                           AND

are proud to present the . . .

2017 LOUISIANA STATE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

 Saturday - Sunday - Monday 
 September 2 - 4, 2017

 and the

2017 LOUISIANA  STATE BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 8 p.m.

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 USCF-Rated and 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.  You may register or renew a membership on line by clicking on the appropriate membership category.


SPECTATOR POLICY

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE ADHERING TO THE FIDE RULES CONCERNING SPECTATOR POLICY:

SPECTATORS (NON-PLAYING INDIVIDUALS) WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE TOURNAMENT ROOM DURING TOURNAMENT PLAY.   PLAYERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR GAMES MAY STAY IN THE TOURNAMENT ROOM TO WATCH OTHER GAMES UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THEY LEAVE THE PLAYING HALL AND TURN IN THEIR PLAYER'S BADGE, AT WHICH POINT THEY ARE CONSIDERED SPECTATORS AND MAY NOT RE-ENTER THE TOURNAMENT HALL UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.

FOR FURTHER CLARIFICATION OF THESE RULES, PLEASE GO TO THE FIDE ARBITERS' MANUAL BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW, AND THEN GO TO

Article 11.2 on Page 32
and
Article 11.4 on Page 33

http://arbiters.fide.com/images/stories/downloads/2016/Arbiters-Manual-2016.pdf


2017 LA STATE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

LOCATION 

Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel 

901 Airline Drive, Kenner, LA 70062

Hotel Rate: $99 per night (+ tax);
please ask for special chess tournament rate.

To Reserve by Phone: 504-469-5000

To Reserve On-Line please click on

Hilton Hotel Reservations for 2017 LA State Championship

and use Group Code "LAC"

Hotel Amenities:

  • Free Parking
  • Free Shuttle Service to/from the New Orleans International Airport
  • Free Wireless Internet in the Individual Sleeping Rooms
  • Discounted Hot Buffet Breakfast for $15 inclusive of tax & tip (usually $19.95  plus tax & tip)

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. 2:    9:30 am - 3:30 pm 
Sunday, Sept. 3:    9:30 am - 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Monday, Sept. 4:    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 

$80 if postmarked by Sunday, 8/27/17; $90 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 three electronic chess notation devices which are approved for and allowed in a USCF-rated tournament are the Monroi, the e-Notate PDA, and Plycount. 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: 

2017 LA State Chess Championship Registration - $80 

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.


2017 LA STATE BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 - 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 

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 Sunday, 8/27; $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 

2017 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:

2017 State Championship & State Blitz Registrations - $95


 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 ! ! !