Chess Challenge - Housekeeping Rules

To ensure the chess challenge run as smoothly as possible we have consolidated this helpful guideline. While it may get a little bit of an information overload, we think it is important that participants understand them.

To quickly access certain sections, please refer to the table of contents below or use the pop-up button on the left.

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Chess Tournament Director

The Chess Tournament Director is in charge of the tournament.

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Tournament Director

The Chess Tournament Director is in charge of the chess side and the Digital Tournament Director for the coding and design side.

Any questions, disputes, or concerns should be addressed to the relevant Tournament Director.

The Tournament Director has the final say in resolving any issues relating to the tournament. The Tournament Director makes "pairings" (decides who plays whom), acts as the referee, keeps overall team scores, and names the winners at the end of the Global Chess Challenge.

If you think your opponent is breaking the rules of chess, or if you have any other problem, let the Tournament Director know immediately via email.


There are three Divisions:
Elementary Division: Grades 3-5 (ages 8-10)
Middle School Division: Grades 6-8th (ages 11-14)
High School Division: Grades 9-12th (ages 15-18)

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Each Division is a separate Kai's Chess Challenge. Teams enter the Division that corresponds with their current grade level. For players not enrolled in a school with grade levels, the grade level will be the one that most closely matches the player's age and traditional grade level.

You will potentially play teams both from your country, as well as from other countries.


Teams made up of 2 - 4 players

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This is a team chess challenge. Each team should consist of at least two but not more than four players.

All teams must consist of players that are eligible for the same division. Younger players may play up a division. For example, an eight-year-old may play at the 6th - 8th grade or 9th - 12th-grade divisions.


Each team will need to have at least one coach (age 21 or older)..

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It is recommended that the coach have both coding and chess experience. It is acceptable to have a co-coaching model in which one coach focuses on the coding aspects of team play and the other coach focuses on chess play.


Each school may enter up to 5 teams per Division. Homeschooled students who actively participate in the chess club of the public, charter, independent, or parochial school for the area where they live are eligible to participate on the school’s team. Home school students who do not actively participate in their local area school chess club, and players who attend schools without chess clubs, can register as an independent team as long as the team has a designated adult supervisor. Individual classrooms may also enter a team.

How to Register

We encourage you to register on the website ( The team should register by filling out the Team Registration Form. The entry fee for the Tournament is $15 and is included in your Chess Equipment kit you need. The entry fees are used to pay for website hosting, mailing of materials, creation of materials, trophies, and other costs for the tournaments.

Tournament Structure:

Chess Match

A classical game of 20 + 10 will be played via an online, live platform,

G/20+10inc time control means:

Each team starts with 20 minutes and adds 10 seconds with each of their moves. This means that one game can last up to 40-50 minutes.

ChessKid is a safe and secure website designed for young players to learn/play chess and includes protections against cyberbullying.

Phase 1:

In each Division, all teams will be placed in a group of four, aka quads. We will be using a ‘Round Robin’ structure for each quad. Within your quad, you will play against all other three teams.

See diagram below: Quad A: Team #1, Team #2, Team #3, Team #4.

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
White Black White Black White Black
Game 1 Team 1 Team 4 Team 3 Team 1 Team 1 Team 2
Team 2 Team 3 Team 4 Team 2 Team 3 Team 4
Game 2 Team 4 Team 1 Team 1 Team 3 Team 2 Team 1
Team 3 Team 2 Team 2 Team 4 Team 4 Team 3
*Each team will play three other teams (ie: Team 1 will play Team 2, Team 3 and Team 4)

At the conclusion of Phase 1, the team with the highest point total will move on to Phase 2. Depending on the number of teams registered, phase 2 will also contain ‘wildcards’ to fill the phase 2 tournament bracket. As this is the first year of the Global Chess Challenge, the number of teams will be limited to 35 in each division.

Phase 2:

Phase 2 will be a single-elimination tournament. The winner of each Quad (A-G) will move on to the quarterfinals. If all quads were filled with teams (A-G), then one wildcard will be issued to fill the bracket. If there are fewer teams and all the quads were not filled, more wildcards will be issued to fill the phase 2 tournament bracket. See diagram below:

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Guidelines for Game Day:

Kai’s Clan Set-up and Coding Rules

Chess set: 

Once you receive your Kai’s Chess Pack and create a mat, you can decide upon the best chess pieces that will fit within the (4-inch x 4-inch) squares. There are no requirements as to what chess sets you choose to use, but pieces should be easily identifiable for play.  

Chess pieces with QR codes (for example black set) plus a set of chess pieces (for example white pieces) to use for opponents moves


We recommend having a large monitor or smartboard/iPad to view gameplay on.


Team members should all have their own computers and possibly load Zoom onto a computer in case they have technical issues and need to switch over. One computer has to zoom in and show their own mat, the reason is that your opponents can see which moves you have made.

  • Download Kai’s Eye Robot Tracker on a Smartphone (Android or iPhone, not older than 3 years.)
  • Scan the serial number on the box
  • Register a teacher account at
  • On your Kai’s Eye app on your phone, go to settings and enable multiple classrooms
  • When you have 2 teams, one team will run as the teacher account and the second team gets assigned a student name and log in as a student. They are then both ready to play chess and see each other’s characters.
kais eye robot tracker on smartphone
  • On your computer open the Sandbox tab and upload your virtual chess characters.
  • Design your virtual chess characters in Tinkercad/Minecraft and upload these characters in Sandbox.
  • Each character must be identified as which chess character it represents, i.e a Queen should look like a Queen.
  • Once the teacher has approved all of the models for their team but also the student account, everybody can allocate their characters to the appropriate QR codes, by using the Load model blocks under the blockly codes. Expert>Sandbox>Load Model


  • Players can now code their animations or add their logic coding strategies to their chess play.



  • We suggest you place normal chess pieces on the mat to represent what your opponent will be using to move and replicate. 

  • To see your virtual world and characters open up your virtual viewer under the Sandbox Tab.

  • Ensure you have your Kai’s Clan mats facing the same way this will make it much easier to see what your opponent’s moves are.
  • Use a phone or computer with a camera to show your opponent your mat, this player also signs in on Zoom. This can be a teacher’s phone or computer.


  1. Fill in your final scorecard and submit it via email to: [email protected]
  2. Use this Flipgrid to record your chess piece design, as well as showcase your animations, effects, and any coding strategies, i.e conditional logic. You will be limited to a one-minute Flipgrid.

Flipgrid Guest Password:1stChessChallenge

Flipgrid link:







How to access the Flipgrid:

Enter the link above or scan the QR code above.

You should then see this screen:








Click “Enter your guest password” as seen highlighted in the image above.

You should then see this screen:








Then, enter the password provided above into the Guest field seen highlighted in the image above.

How to play QR Chess?

Practise games in the same location

  • Set up Kai’s Mat with both setup chess pieces (QR codes attached to all pieces)
  • Log in, scan classroom code, set up Kai’s Eye Robot tracker on tripod positioning to look at the mat.
  • Load all avatars, animations, and coding blocks
  • Open up your virtual viewer (download the Kai’s Virtual Viewer from app store) on your IPad or TV screen. Scan classroom code and you are ready to play and practice.
  • While both players/teams are in the same room you can see each other moves and characters on the screen.
  • The game is played as normal.
  • Remember to note down your moves (your team member can help you with this).

Practise games in different locations

  • Set up Kai’s Chess Mat with either black or white chess pieces. These pieces need to have the QR codes attached. 
  • Your opponent pieces are just regular pieces on the board/mat
  • Both teams log in, scan the same classroom code, set up Kai’s Eye Robot tracker on tripod positioning to look at their mat/board. The phone will be in sharing classroom mode.
  • Each team load their own avatars, animations and coding blocks
  • Each team open up their virtual viewer (download the Kai’s Virtual Viewer from app store) on their IPad or TV screen. Scan classroom code and you are ready to play and practice.
  • Each team move their QR code chess pieces as per their strategy. They can see their chess pieces on the screen.
  • When their opponent makes a move your team move the regular chess piece to the same position as what your opponent just moved to. So you copy/mirror their move.
  • The rest of the game is played as normal.
  • Remember to note down your moves (your team member can help you with this.)

Practice sessions will be available once a month for 3 months before the tournament commences with the organizers to answer any questions.

The following dates will be available for practice sessions:

Monday – 22 November, 1 pm CST

Wednesday – 15 December, 7 pm CST

Saturday – 15 January, 7 pm CST

Day of the tournament

This will be the same as above when you practiced in different locations.

How to build & setup Kai's Chess Set

Check the following to link that shows how to contruct your QR chess pieces and virtual characters.

Team Registration

Register your team interest here.

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