2020-21 VA Scholastic Championships
Qualification Tournament No. 3
Information Email No. 1
(sent at 6:50am on Tuesday, March 10th, 2021)

Event Home Page  Info Email No. 2  Info Email No. 3

Players, Parents, and Coaches ...

This note is the first of 3 "Information Emails" we will send.  Each contains 3 or 4 key topics of interest for the upcoming Qualification Tournament #3.  This note focuses on:  1) Mark Your Calendars, 2) The Chess Platform, and 3) Your Equipment for the tournament.

.  Next week, on Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday (March 16, 17 and 18), the Virginia Chess Federation (VCF) will host 
a Pre-Tournament Zoom Meeting for Players, Parents and Coaches.  You only need to attend one evening, not all 3.  Even if you attended the meetings before fQualification Tournaments # 1 and #2, you should sit in for this one ... we have some new information and instructions to share.  Dial-in/link information for these meetings will be posted on the VCF home page at the top of the screen--look for it next week on Monday (March 15th).

The Chess Platform:  We are playing all games on the chesskid.com platform.  It uses a Fair Play Analysis method endorsed by the US Chess Federation.  For the tournament every player is assigned a special UserName.  This means:
    a. If this is your first Qualification Tournament with us, you will be given a unique Username and Password next week by Wednesday evening.  When you receive it, try it out ... DO NOT wait until Saturday morning to find out that you cannot log-in.  In each tournament we've had about 15-25 players who had log-in issues.  Lucky for us they identified the issue early and we got it fixed by Friday evening.
    b. If you played in Qualification Tournament  #1 or #2 you will have the same Username.  Check your existing Username account now to be sure you haven't forgotten your password!!  Your account is active, so you can check things and play a few practice games.  
    c. If you already have a chesskid.com account, DO NOT USE IT to login to Chesskid.com for the Qualification tournament.  You MUST use the Username and password we assign you.  You can see your UserName NOW on our tournament page by looking at the list of players who already have registered.  Each Username is of the form VAQK3SmithJoe or VAQK8JonesSam.  If you did not play in Qualifier #1 or #2 your Username won't be active until we send it you your Password next week on Tuesday evening or Wednesday.

3. Your Equipment:  To participate, you need:
    a.  A reliable internet connection and a laptop or desktop computer.  We also recommend a good mouse or trackball.  DO NOT use a tablet computer, cell phone, or Chromebook because they do not work well with Chesskid.com.  So, if you want to have a reliable and stable connection, don't use a tablet, cellphone or Chromebook.    
    b. To practice your online playing skills.  If you have never played online chess before, IT IS DIFFERENT.  You don't want your first online chess experience to be this tournament.  Play some online chess before the event.  In online chess, there is no "touch-move" rule, and if you slip-up and drop your piece on a legal square, the move counts and cannot be reversed.  If you don't have a chesskid.com account, you can create one for free and play online--just go to chesskid.com and sign up.  Any games you win or lose while "practicing" do not factor into any rating we are using for the upcoming Qualification Tournament.

In the next two Information Emails, we will talk about these subjects, among others:
    1) Fair Play and how we are monitoring everyone for violations of fair play (e.g. cheating)
    2) What Chess Ratings we are using for the Pairings
    3) How you earn points for your school team
    4) On tournament day, how your games will be started
    5) On tournament day, when you need to be online and ready to play
    6) On tournament day, where to find the pairings and standings ... and how to understand "who" it is you are playing
    7) On tournament day, how you need to report a problem with your game
Don't Forget about the Pre-Event Meetings next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday -- and you only need to attend ONE of these meetings!

Mike Hoffpauir
VA Chess Federation
National Tournament Director
Cell (757)846-4805
email to: mhoffpauir@aol.com