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Stevenson Chess Fest

Saturday, April 10, 2004

At Bellevue High School


Pacific Northwest Regional Chess Tournament


Get Ready for the Big Event

Just Two Weeks Before the State Championship!

Plus:  Easter-Egg Coloring & Egg Hunt


Advanced Division—K-8 Rating Must be Over 900

K-3 Unrated to 900

4-6 Unrated to 1000


Stevenson Elementary School’s first annual regional chess tournament is a great opportunity to test your chess skills, or freshen up for the enormous WA State Championship to be held two weeks later.


The Stevenson Chess Club invites participants from all skill levels.   This will be a fun tournament for new players as well as highly advanced players.   Unlike most scholastic tournaments, the Stevenson Chess Fest will award trophies based upon rating class instead of grade level.  This means that the best unrated players have a great chance to win trophies, as do players at each rating level, and of course, the overall winners.


Top prizes are awesome, double-decker trophies!


Site:  Bellevue High School, 10416 SE Wolverine Way, Bellevue, WA 98004.  This large high school has ample parking.  The tournament will be held in a large gymnasium with a balcony suitable for parental viewing of the tournament.


Miscellaneous:  Food/drink will be available on site.   Easter-egg activities also available.  Nominal cash fee to color eggs and/or participate in our egg hunt (for pre-K through 3rd grade only).

Entry Fee:  $15.00 per student.  


Online Registration:



Questions for Tournament Organizers?


Contact: Mitchell London  (425) 891-6798




From I-405, exit at 8th Street heading West.  At Bellevue Way, turn left (heading South).   Bellevue High School is a block south of Main Street.  (turn left at the stoplight; Bellevue High School is up a private hill).


From I-90, exit at Bellevue Way and head North toward the center of town.   Turn right at the stop light shortly before Main Street (just before you reach the Bellevue downtown area).  If you get to Bellevue Square, you’ve gone too far! 


Important Notes:

1.     Eligible to all students. 

2.     WA residence is NOT required.

3.     Past Tournament experience is NOT required.  Trophy opportunities at every level.

4.     Advanced Division requires WSRS rating of 900 or more (or USCF rating over 900). 

5.     Spectators allowed to view from balcony (noise levels must be kept low).

6.     Players who qualify for the state elementary championship (with 3 points for grades 1 thru 6, 2 points for kindergarteners) must register with Stevenson tournament organizers on the day of this tournament in order to participate in the state championship.


Sections: Three sections: Advanced (all age, through 8th grade), K-3 (U900), and K-6 (U1000)


Format: Five-round Swiss system.  No elimination.  Every participant plays 5 rounds.  Tournament will be computer paired, and all ties will be broken by computer administered tie-break systems, with the following exceptions:

§       If two players tie for the title, the champion will be the victor of a “best-two-out-of-three speed match (G/5).  If three or more players tie for the title, the champion will be determined by a single round robin speed tourney.


Time Control: G/30 (G/28 with a 5-second delay also allowed).


Schedule: Please arrive by 8:30 AM.  Rules explanation to kids at 8:45 am.  First round will begin at 9:00 sharp.  First Round will be pre-paired.  Subsequent rounds will be promptly paired.


Introduction & Rules: 8:45 am

Round 1: 9:00 am

Round 2: 10:15 a.m.

Lunch/Egg Hunt: 11:30

Round 3: 12:00 a.m.

Round 4: 1:15 pm

Round 5: 2:30 pm

Blitz Tie-breakers 3:45 pm

Awards: 4:15 pm or ASAP