Chess players can anticipate Summer Knights, Girls Chess Night – The Madison Record

MADISON — The school year-opening tournament and an all-girls gathering will soon kick off this season’s chess excitement in Madison.

The 2021 Summer Knights School Chess Tournament will be the first all-around of the 2021-2022 school year.

Rainbow Elementary School will host the tournament on August 28. A mandatory players’ meeting will open the day at 9 a.m.

“Summer Knights is a great first tournament for beginners, as it has an unranked section for all ages from K-12,” Ranae Bartlett said. Bartlett is executive director of the Madison City Chess League or MCCL, which organized this event.

“Public, private and home school students are invited to participate. For our experienced players who have been playing online all last year, this is a great opportunity to get back to great tournaments,” said Bartlett.

CB&S Bank is sponsoring the tournament.

“Although we offer both a ranked section (for those with a rating from the United States Chess Federation or USCF) and an unranked section for beginning players, we will not be posting a tournament report at any time. ‘USCF,” Bartlett said. “So this is an opportunity for everyone to relax, not worry about grades, but play their first chess tournament at the start of the school year.”

USCF membership is required for listed sections only.

Round times (approximate) are 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. “The unrated sections will likely start sooner after round one,” Bartlett said. Game time for rated sections will be G/30/d5, while unrated sections will be G/20, pairing: 5SS.

In rated sections, awards will go to K-12 (Open); K-12 Less than 1000; and K-12 Under 500. The top three winners will receive trophies. Competitors in places four through six and Top Female will earn medals.

In unrated sections, awards will go to K-12; K-6; and K-3. The first player will receive a trophy. Medals will be based on entry and for Top Female.

The deadline for online registration is August 25. To register online, visit

For registrations before August 24, the registration fee is $20 for MCCL members and $25 for players who are not members. (The lower price for MCCL members will appear when the registrant adds the tournament to cart.)

“If you haven’t joined MCCL or renewed your membership, do that in a separate order first. Then sign up for Summer Knights in a separate order,” Bartlett said.

In another chess activity just before Summer Knights, MCCL will host a Girls Chess Night at the Willowbrook Church – Madison campus on August 26 from 5:30-7pm. Girls will enjoy a lesson, chess time and snacks.

Girls Chess Night is free, but all attendees must register for an attendance count. To register, go to, click on “Events”, then “Upcoming Events” and scroll down until you click on “Girls Chess Night – 8/26”. Next, scroll down to click “Details” and then “Please Login/Register”.

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