The 85th Central Jersey Chess Tournament is Saturday, October 21, 2017, please Register  by Thursday, October 19, 2017, to receive a $10 discount for entry. Read More...

2017 Schedule: Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16

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Past Results

May 18, 2013
April 13, 2013
March 23, 2013
February 23, 2013
December 1, 2012
November 17, 2012
August 18, 2012
July 14, 2012
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Jairo Moreira

Frequently Asked questions


Tournament Rules

What are the tournament rules?

What are the tournament rules?

This is a Swiss System tournament with no eliminations. Players play others in their section with identical or similar scores. All sections are touch-move. Open, U1200, U900 and U600 are USCF-rated. U600 and U900 are 4 rounds, G/25, 5 sec delay. U1200 and Open are 3 rounds, G/40, 5 sec delay. All players must know the rules of the game thoroughly


Is recording required?

Is recording required?

Recording is required in Open, U1200, and U900. Scoresheets and pencils are available on-site, but some players may find it useful to have their own scorebook.


Is using a chess clock required?

Is using a chess clock required?

Clocks are required for Open, U1200 (both G/40 d5), U900, and U600 (both G/25 d5). Clocks are only used in K-1 and Novice once a game is the last in its section. Please bring a clock if you have one.


What is the time control for clocks?

What is the time control for clocks?

U600 and U900 are 4 rounds, G/25, 5 sec delay. U1200 and Open are 3 rounds, G/40, 5 sec delay. Delay is required.


What happens if I get 2 Whites/Blacks in a row, or if I get 3 Blacks/Whites out of my 4 games?

What happens if I get 2 Whites/Blacks in a row, or if I get 3 Blacks/Whites out of my 4 games?

Since the computer does the pairings, we always go with those pairings.  Unfortunately, on occasion, players may have to get 2 Blacks/Whites in a row, or 3 Blacks/Whites in the tournament.


How does scoring work?

How does scoring work?

If you win (or receive a full point bye), you receive 1 point. If you lose, you receive 0 points. If you draw, you receive ½ point. Players with identical or similar amounts of points will be paired against each other. Final standings accumulate total points of each player. Trophies will be given to the top 3 scorers in each section based on points and tiebreaks (see below). Medals will be given to all else. 1 team trophy per section is awarded to a team of players in the same section (minimum 2) who currently attend the same school or chess club and score more than the other teams in their section.
 


United States Chess Federation (USCF)

Is this tournament USCF-rated?

Is this tournament USCF-rated?

Open, U1200, U900, and U600 are rated. Beginners and Intermediate are not rated.


How do I get a USCF membership?

How do I get a USCF membership?

By going to www.uschess.org/join, or by purchasing one at the tournament (same price). Memberships are required for Open, U1200, U900, and U600.


What does a USCF membership do?

What does a USCF membership do?

It allows you to become a member of the United States' National Chess Federation, receive a national rating, ranking, and percentile.  Every time you play in a rated section in a rated tournament, your national rating, ranking, and percentile will change.


How do I check my USCF rating?

How do I check my USCF rating?

By typing the player's name at www.uschess.org/msa and going to the Tournament History tab.


Which USCF rating do you use for your tournament?

Which USCF rating do you use for your tournament?

We use the most recent regular rating (the top rating under the Tournament History tab).


Is the Central Jersey Chess Tournament USCF regular-rated and quick-rated?

Is the Central Jersey Chess Tournament USCF regular-rated and quick-rated?

Yes, in the rated sections (Open, U1200, U900, and U600).
 


Registration

How do I enter online?

How do I enter online?

 

Visit njchess.com/registration and fill out the form by the Thursday before the tournament.


What section should I register my child for?

What section should I register my child for?

Beginners: Unrated players in Kindergarten – 2nd grade. Intermediate: Unrated players in Kindergarten – 6th grade.. U600: Rated players playing their first USCF-rated tournament or rated under 600. U900: Rated players between 600 and 899. U1200: Rated players between 900 and 1199. Open: Rated players over 1200. You are not allowed to play in a section in which you exceed the rating/grade limit (i.e. a player rated 700 may play in Open, U1200, or U900 only). Players playing in their first USCF-rated tournament should play in U600. USCF memberships are required for Open, U1200, U900, and U600.


What happens if I want to register after the Thursday before the tournament?

What happens if I want to register after the Thursday before the tournament?

You will have to register on-site between 1:00-1:15 and pay the on-site registration fee ($45).


Where and when does the tournament take place?

Where and when does the tournament take place?

Our tournament takes place on one Saturday per month at Princeton Academy: 1128 Great Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. On-site registration: 1:00-1:15. Pre-registration: 1:15-1:30. Round 1 Begins: 2:00. Expected end time: 4:30-6:30, depending on your section.


How do I pay?

How do I pay?

There is no payment online – it is all on-site. We accept cash and check. Online pre-registration check-in is $35, and on-site registration is $45.


What time should I arrive?

What time should I arrive?

If you are not pre-registered, you should register on-site between 1:00 and 1:15pm. If you are pre-registered, you should check-in on-site between 1:15 and 1:30pm. We will start at 2:00.


What happens if I arrive late?

What happens if I arrive late?

If you arrive after 2:00, your child will receive half a point bye in the first round.


What do I do if I want to switch sections after pre-registering?

What do I do if I want to switch sections after pre-registering?

You should either email us a couple days in advance or speak with us at the tournament. Please remember that players are not allowed to "play down".


What do I do if I do not receive a confirmation email after 48 hours?

What do I do if I do not receive a confirmation email after 48 hours?

You should send us an email at newjerseychess@gmail.com, as you may have typed in an incorrect email address on the form or your registration has been sent to our spam folder.


 

Miscellaneous

What is a bye?

What is a bye?

Players arriving late will receive a ½-point bye for the first round. If there is an odd number of players in a section, every round, the player with the lowest amount of points will receive a 1-point bye for that round. Byes are never rated, but they may affect the pairings, standings, and prizes.


What is provided at the tournament?

What is provided at the tournament?

Chess sets are provided for everyone. Score sheets and pencils are provided for recording your games. Some clocks are available, but please bring one if possible. There is free Wi-Fi (no password). There is also a Parents' Lounge.


How are tiebreakers determined?

How are tiebreakers determined?

We use the USCF-approved Median system, which adds up the final scores of the tied players' opponents. In general, if one's opponents' scores are higher, that means they played stronger opposition, and therefore deserves a higher place on the standings. USCF rating results do not take tiebreaks into consideration.


Am I allowed to play my sibling or someone that goes to my school or club?

Am I allowed to play my sibling or someone that goes to my school or club?

Usually, we try to avoid pairing teammates (from the same school or club). However, sometimes the team is so big that doing so would be impossible. We almost never pair siblings. If you are paired with a teammate or a sibling in an earlier round, please let us know, as sometimes the computer overlooks these pairings.


Is there Wi-Fi?

Is there Wi-Fi?

Yes, there is free wi-fi. There is no password.


How do I know when my round is ready?

How do I know when my round is ready?

Current pairings and standings will be posted outside the tournament room for convenience.


When and where is the awards ceremony?

When and where is the awards ceremony?

Once we calculate the standings and tiebreaks for a section, we will have that section's awards ceremony. The awards ceremony takes place in the lobby.


What time should I except to be done (approximately)?

What time should I except to be done (approximately)?

The lower sections are usually done by 4:30, while the higher sections may end after 6:30.


Are parents, coaches, or innocent bystanders allowed in the tournament room?

Are parents, coaches, or innocent bystanders allowed in the tournament room?

Once registration ends and we start the tournament, the only adults in the room that are allowed are the Parents/Adults Section players and the Tournament Directors. There will be no exceptions to this rule.


Is food/drink allowed in the tournament room?

Is food/drink allowed in the tournament room?

Bottled water is allowed in the tournament room.
 

What is the CJ Chess Tournament's contact information?

What is the CJ Chess Tournament's contact information?

Email: newjerseychess@gmail.com Website: njchess.com Facebook: facebook.com/njchess USCF: tinyurl.com/cjchess Phone (tournament day only): (718) 710-2717

 

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