All of our CSC Teesside Schools have received a copy of the entry form. Please check with your school if you have not received detail of this event.
Event: 24th Yarm Team Chess Championships.
Venue: Yarm Preparatory School, Grammar School Lane, Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees, TS15 9ES
Date: Saturday 13 October 2018
Timings: Please arrive for 9.45 a.m. Play will start at 10.00 a.m. The prize giving will be at approximately 2.30 p.m.
Format: All players will play five rounds, on the Swiss system.
We have sections for Under-9s (Year 3s and 4s) and Under-11s (Year 5s and Year 6s). The children in this section will play for their own school teams.
We will also have a special section for Over-11s, which will feature a selection of specially invited players. For this section, I will arrange all of the players into teams of roughly equal strength.
The tournament is not just about winning titles and trophies. It should be seen primarily as an excellent experience for all competitors who will be able to learn a lot by playing against new opponents from a large number of different schools.
The closing date is Wednesday 10 October 2018.
We cannot accept late entries and will definitely not be able to take extra entries on the day.
We cannot offer full supervision anywhere outside of the playing rooms. Parents/guardians must supervise their children at all times other than when the children are in the playing rooms.
Parents, guardians, teachers and chess coaches will not be allowed in the playing rooms during the rounds.
Problems arising during the games will be solved by the tournament Arbiter (Sean Marsh). Children must alert the Arbiter to any problems by raising their hand. It is very difficult to solve problems retrospectively.
We will not be operating a tuck shop at this event and we advise you to bring a large packed lunch.
We will be working very hard on the day trying to ensure everyone has a great time. As usual with our events, we want to keep the pressure on the children to an absolute minimum. To help protect this ethos, we want the children to relax between the rounds and to temporarily forget about their chess battles. It would be greatly appreciated if all parents, guardians, teachers, chess coaches et al supported this ethos too and helped all of the children to enjoy the day without applying any pressure between the rounds.
As stated on the entry form, full reports will appear across our range of social media platforms. Please let me know on the day if you have any concerns regarding the use of photographs. This year parts of the tournament will be filmed for possible use on BBC TV (further details to be revealed).
The Arbiter's decision in all matters relating to the tournament is final.