• 2017 CalChess Scholastic State Championship
      aka Super States
      March 11th and 12th
      @ Santa Clara Convention Center (map)
      Bughouse: Friday, March 10
      Blitz:
      Saturday, March 11

      Dear Players, Parents, Coaches, and Friends:
      Warm welcome to 42st CalChess State Scholastic Championship at the Santa Clara Convention Center! Enjoy the largest State even that brings together over 1000 enthusiastic chess players.
      Depending on Age and Rating - this tournament is either a 1-day or 2-day event for players.
      This year, we'll split the 1-day sections between Saturday and Sunday.
      We are preparing special surprise events for all players and parents, so stay tuned. Little birds are saying that San Jose Hacker team player GM Mamedyarov might be paying a special visit along with other San Jose Hacker team players. :)

      We hope that you'll have a great time, and great competition. Should you have any question, please, don't hesitate to reach out by emailing us.

      Chief Organizer and your chess mom in service,
      Dr. Judit Sztaray
      This is a State Tournament authorized by CalChess and US Chess Federation (USCF)!
      The winners of this event will be crowned State Champions!

Individual Prizes

Main Event: Top 20players with winning record in each section.
Blitz: Top 5 players with winning record in each section
Bughouse: Trophies to both players of the top 3 teams with a winning record in each section.

Team Prizes

Main Event: Top 5 schools and Top 5 Clubs in each section
A team is TWO (2) or more players from a school or club in the same section. There will be a paralel school and club team competition, so a player can play for both a school team AND and a club team, and their score will count in both school and team competitions.
Top four players' scores count for the team total.


Blitz:
Trophies to the top 3 schools and 3 clubs in each section (minimum two players/team and Top four players' scores count for the team total.

Bughouse:
Trophies to both players of the top 3 teams with a winning record in each section. (Section determined by higher grade team member.)

Schedule

On-site Registration:
Saturday and Sunday 7:30-8am,
Absolutely NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION AFTER 8AM!

Not necessary if you have pre-registered and checked in online HERE.

GradeSectionsTime
Control
ArriveRound 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6
1-day Sections
KG Kindergarten G/30; d5 Sat
3/11
9AM
9:30a 11:30a 1:30p 3p 4:30p  
KG thru 3 K-Gr3 unrated (Rookie)
K-Gr3 u500 (Beginner)
K-Gr3 500-799 (Junior Varsity)
G/30; d5 Sat
3/11
9AM
9:30a 11:30a 1:30p 3p 4:30p  
KG thru 6 K-Gr6 unrated (Rookie)
K-Gr6 u500 (Beginner)
K-Gr6 500-799 (Junior Varsity)
G/30; d5 Sun
3/12
9AM
9:30a 11:30a 1:30p 3p 4:30p  
KG thru 12 K-Gr8 u800 (Beginner)
K-Gr12 u800 (Beginner)
G/30; d5 Sun
3/12
9AM
9:30a 11:30a 1:30p 3p 4:30p  
GradeSectionsTime
Control
ArriveRound 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6
2-day sections

KG thru 3
K-Gr3 800+ (Championship) G/75; d5 Sat 3/11 &
Sun 3/12
8:45a
9a 12n 3p 9a 12n 3p
KG thru 6 K-Gr5 800+ (Championship)
K-Gr6 800+ (Championship)
G/75; d5 Sat 3/11 &
Sun 3/12
8:45a
9a 12n 3p 9a 12n 3p
KG thru 8 K-Gr8 800-1199 (Junior Varsity)
K-Gr8 1200+ (Championship)
G/75; d5 Sat 3/11 &
Sun 3/12
8:45a
9a 12n 3p 9a 12n 3p
KG thru 12 K-Gr12 800-1599 (Junior Varsity) G/75; d5 Sat 3/11 &
Sun 3/12
8:45a
9a 12n 3p 9a 12n 3p
KG thru 12
K-Gr12 1600+ (Championship)
G/90; d5 Fri 3/18, Sat 3/19 &
Sun 3/20
8:45a
Fri
6pm
Sat 11a Sat 3p Sun 10a Sun 2p  
Evening Side Events
Blitz K-3 Blitz
4-6 Blitz
7-12 Blitz
G/5
d0
Sat
3/11
Onsite reg & Check-in: 5:30-6:00p
Games: 6:30-8:30p
Bughouse All sections G/5
d0
Fri
3/10
Onsite reg & Check-in: 5:30-6:00p
Games: 6:30-8:30p

How to determine which section?

1st Step: Select Grade: most players like to play with their peers, so choose a section that has the upper limit the most closest to the player's grade.
2nd Step: Determine players' rating: most players are comfortable within a section of their natural rating, so choose a section that has the upper limit of the rating the most closest to the player's rating.
Never played in a rated tournament before? Choose Rookie (unrated) section, and you'll play with others in the same shoe.
3rd Step: If you are eager to be challenged, playing up a Grade level, or a Rating level is always an option. Determine the next section in the line.

Still unsure? Email us and we would love to help! Send your player's Grade and USCF ID (if have one) and we can suggest the best sections for him/her.

What is the time control?
1-day sections:
G/30;d5 that means Game in 30 minutes with 5 second delay. Each player gets 30 minutes, and there is a 5 second delay before the time on their clock starts to count. One game can last up to ca. 1 hour.
2-day sections: G/75;d5 that means Game in 75 minutes with 5 second delay. One game can last up to 3 hours.

What are the round times?
Chess is NOT an elimination game: win or lose all players should play all rounds. Round times are pre-set, listed above in the table, and will be starting on time for all sections. Please, notify us if a player will miss any round - you can request 1/2 point bye for that round.

Have to miss a round?
If you have to miss a round, please request a BYE:
Every player can request up to two 1/2point byes for any of the round 1 to 5 if requested before the start of the first round. No byes for the last round.

MUCH more FAQ and Explanation of the Rules are on this page: Click HERE.

Entry Fee

GradeEventSectionsFees
Kindergarten1-day
3/11
Kindergarten $53
KG thru 31-day
3/11
K-Gr3 unrated (Rookie)
K-Gr3 u500 (Beginner)
K-Gr3 500-799 (Jr Varsity)
$53
2-days
3/11-12
K-Gr3 800+ (Championship) $67
KG thru 61-day
3/12
K-Gr6 unrated (Rookie)
K-Gr6 u500 (Beginner)
K-Gr6 500-799 (Jr Varsity)
$53
2-days
3/11-12
K-Gr5 800+ (Championship)
K-Gr6 800+ (Championship)
$67
KG thru 81-day
3/12
K-Gr8 u800 (Beginner) $53
2-days
3/11-12
K-Gr8 800-1199 (Jr Varsity)
K-Gr8 1200+ (Championship)
$67
KG thru 121-day
3/12
K-Gr12 u800 (Beginner) $53
2-days
3/11-12
K-Gr12 800-1599 (Jr. Varsity)
K-Gr12 1600+ (Championship, FIDE rated)
$67
KG-12 Blitz3/11 K-Gr 3 Blitz
Gr 4-6 Blitz
Gr 7-8 Blitz
Gr 9-12 Blitz
$12
KG-12 Bughouse3/10 All sections $12

Other Fees

Play-up fee: +$20 (if you want to play higher rated section)

Late Fees:
after 2/26 ADD +$10
after 3/4 ADD +$20
after 3/10 and Onsite ADD +$40
Refund Fee: $20

Change Fee:
after 3/4 ADD +$10
after 3/10 ADD +$20
Onsite: ADD +$40

Sponsor's Needed!

We need your help to meet the increasing costs. Please sponsor or introduce any sponsors to us and we will make it worthwhile for them. Contact us for more information.

Chess Parents form one of the most influential groups in California. Sponorships will leave a permenant mark in their lives and homes. Please sponsor or put us in touch with the decision maker in your company. We need your help because this tournament's expenses are very high.
Not convinced? What if we thank you by...
Sponsorship LevelT-shirt LogoProgram PromotionProgram Cover
Diamond ($5,000) Large Large banner, Full page color on back cover &
Sponsor Name on the three sections' trophies
Large logo
Platinum ($2,500) Large Medium banner, Full page color on inside cover &
Sponsor Name on the one section's trophies
Large logo
Gold ($1,200) Medium Small banner 1/2 page color inside cover OR
Full page color in the program
Medium logo
Silver ($600) Medium Half page color Small logo
Bronze ($300) Small Half page color Small logo
Still not convinced?
Tell us, what would motivate you?
Please click here and let us know what would convince you!

Need Financial Aid?

Send a letter from your principal or some other proof that you are on the school free lunch program.
OR
Please send a copy of the most recent payroll stub and the latest income tax return of the player's parent(s) or guardian(s) .
OR
Send a letter from a coach.
Contact us for more information.

What's New?

1. March 2017 Supplement will be used.

2. Need to cancel your registration? We will refund your entry fee for a service charge of $20.

3. Similar to last two years, the Scholastic State Championship will have a parellel School and Club Team competition. They are separate, and compete for different prizes. Players can play for BOTH! Top 4 players scores count for team score (School or Club), and minimum of two players needed to make a team. See details on pairing rules in the FAQ.

4. Play-up fee will only be charged if a player would like to play in a section higher than their rating category. Play-up fee based on grade has been eliminated since all sections start with Kindergarten (K-GradeX).

5. The only electronic recording devices allowed are: Monroi and PlyCount. Iphones must be turned off all times while in the game room. Players, who are found operating an iphone while in an active game will be forfeited from their game immediately.
  • Team Rooms


    <<
    RoomTeam
    (Status)
    SatSunApp. Sq. Ft.CapacityTheatreRent for Sat. and Sun.Rent for Sat. onlyRent for Sun. only
    202      615 40 48 $750 $500 $500
    203      1400 90 141 $1350 $920 $920
    204      1400 90 141 $1350 $920 $920
    205Marin Chess X X 615 40 48 $750 $500 $500
    206      845 52 93 $1000 $650 $650
    207      845 52 93 $1000 $650 $650
    209      1400 90 141 $1350 $920 $920
    210      1400 90 141 $1350 $920 $920
    211      615 40 48 $750 $500 $500


Site & Accomodation

Tournament site: Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054 (map)
Accessible by VTA, ACE

Reserve room NOW at Biltmore Hote @ Santa Clara $99- Click HERE
Biltmore Hotel and Suite
2151 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Phone: 408-988-8411
Cutoff Date: Feb 27
Attendee Code: 33949 Group Code: Bay Area Chess Mar 2017



Reserve a room NOW at the Sheraton Hotel @ Sunnyvale $99- Click HERE
100 North Mathilda Avenue. Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Phone: (1)(408) 745-6000
Cutoff date: Feb 8

Reserve a room at Country Inns & Suites By Carlsonsm @ Sunnyvale
visit: www.countryinns.com/sunnyvaleca and use Group Code: BAC310
Cutoff date: Feb 10
1300 Chesapeake Terrace, Sunnyvale, CA, 94089
Phone: (408) 747-3210

Organizers and TDs

Chief TDs: National TD Tom Langland, National TD John McCumiskey, National TD Jordan Langland, Senior TD Richard Koepcke
Chief Organizers: Judit Sztaray

Other TDs: Wolfgang Behm, Abel Talamantez, James Bethany, Scott Mason, Sankar Swaminathan, and many others

Trophy Pick-up

It is always best if you collect the trophy awards at the awards presentation. However, if you can't receive your trophy at the award ceremony, please ask a friend to pick the trophies for free. Alternatively, you may ask us to pack and keep your trophies to be picked up at our NEW office: 2050 Concourse Drive Unit #42, San Jose, CA 95131.
Please arrange pickup at ask@bayareachess.com