Chess Challenge - Housekeeping Rules

Tournament Director

The Tournament Director is in charge of the tournament.

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Tournament Director

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

Registration

Each school may enter up to 5 teams per Division.

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Registration

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.

Planning Ahead

Please plan for at least two hours on tournament days.

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Planning Ahead

Since this is a Global Chess Challenge, opposing teams will be given the autonomy to set up the date and times that work best for their respective teams.

The Tournament Director will send an email (including information and links needed for the team you play) on the 1st of the month and play must occur before the last date of the month.

Teams

Teams made up of 2 - 4 players

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Teams

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.

How to register

School Team Registration Form
Individual Team Registration Form

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How to register

We encourage you to register on the website (kaisclan.ai).

Schools should register by filling out the School Team Registration Form.

Other players should fill out the Individual 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.

Chess Match dates

Each school may enter up to 5 teams per Division.

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Chess Match dates

February Chess Match:
play must occur between February 2nd, 2022 - February 28th, 2022

March Chess Match:
play must occur between March 2nd, 2022 - March 31st, 2022

April Chess Match:
play must occur between April 2nd, 2022 - April 30th, 2022

Divisions

There are three Divisions:
K-5th Grade Division (ages 5-10)
6-8th Grade Division (ages 11-14)
9-12th Grade Division (ages 15-18)

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Divisions

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 from both your country, as well as other countries.

The Tournament Director decides whether you will begin your chess match white or black.

Tournament Structure

3 Chess Matches per Division

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Tournament Structure

Number of Games: In each Division, all teams will play three separate chess matches; however, the number of games that each chess match consists of will be different.

Chess Match:


Elementary Division (grades K-5)
One game

Middle School Division (grades 6-8:
Two games

High School Division (grades 9-12):
Two-three games within time constraints

Top 5 Teams

Winners will be announced on
May 15th, 2022

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Top 5 Teams

When all the chess matches are finished for the month, the Tournament Director will make pairings for the next chess matches. Your opponent for each chess match will be a team whose score is the same as yours or very near the same.

After all the chess matches have been completed, the top five teams with the highest scores in each division will be announced as the Kai's Chess Challenge Champions.

Tournament Rules:

What to bring to the Chess Match

+ Kai’s Clan Create Mat plus your phone with the Kai’s Robot Tracker

+ Chess set:  

Once you receive your Kai’s Chess Packlan 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 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

+ Monitor/Screen: We recommend having a large monitor or smartboard/iPad to view gameplay on. 

+ iPad: One iPad is needed to show a timer on the side of the mat. The total game time is 30 minutes.

+ Computers: 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.

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.)

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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