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Tournament Schedule

Schedule and format are subject to change.

Tournament 1
Sat., December 11, 2021

Tournament 2
Sat., January 22, 2022

Evanston Girls' Tournament
Sat., February 5, 2022

Tournament 3
Sat., February 26, 2022

Evanston Championships
Sat., April 2, 2022
Tentatively in person!

Registration for 2021-2022 Tournaments is now Open

Registration for 2021-2022 Evanston Scholastic Chess tournaments is now open to all K-8 students who either live in or attend school in Evanston. For complete information and registration read this article.

2021-2022 Evanston Scholastic Tournament Series

2021-2022 Evanston Scholastic Chess Tournament Series and Practice Tournaments

Evanston Scholastic Chess is a group of parent volunteers who have run community-based over-the-board chess tournaments for K-8 students for over 20 years.

Our tournaments and programming are open to any K-8 student who either lives in or goes to school in Evanston, Illinois.

Due to the pandemic, we have moved our annual tournament series online using lichess.org.

Tournament Dates:
Tournament 1: Saturday, December 11, 2021 (online)
Tournament 2: Saturday, January 22, 2021 (online)
Evanston Girls tournament: Saturday, February 5, 2022 (online)
Tournament 3: Saturday, February 26, 2022 (online)
Tournament 4 (Evanston Championships): Saturday, April 2, 2022 (tentatively in person)

Time Control: for all players for online tournaments is G/20+3 (20 minutes playing time for each player with 3 seconds added for each move).

Practice Tournaments: We also hold "practice tournaments" on Lichess. These are free tournaments, and Evanston K-8 students have the option of participating in the tournament series, the practice tournaments, or both. To participate in the practice tournaments only, follow steps 1-3 in the registration section below.

Read more: 2021-2022 Evanston Scholastic Tournament Series

Fair Play for Evanston Scholastic Online Tournaments

Most families first meet Evanston Scholastic Chess through our over-the-board tournaments. Children play in a gym or library, supervised and monitored by parents and high school students, and to a certain extent monitored by each other, too.

When COVID arrived, we had to take Evanston Scholastic Chess online. But those of us who have played online know that people who play online sometimes cheat by using the advice of others, books, and most often, chess software. The major online chess sites – Lichess, Chess.com, and Chesskid – all use some form of cheat detection, and they mark or close accounts of players who cheat. This is explicitly stated by each platform. For example the Lichess.org terms of service can be found here: https://lichess.org/terms-of-service. By signing up for Lichess (or having your parent sign you up), you promise to play fair and not use outside assistance.

Read more: Fair Play for Evanston Scholastic Online Tournaments

Getting Ready for Online Play at Lichess

 You've signed your child up for Lichess and for Evanston Scholastic Chess. Your child is looking forward to his or her first tournament. How can your child get ready for online chess and improve his or her game? 

We recommend that players play “Rapid” and “Blitz” games on lichess (available through the Quick Paring tab on the main page), at least until their ratings are no longer provisional (https://lichess.org/faq#provisional). Lichess calculates ratings for new players based on whether they win or lose their games. The first games one plays are likely to be hard; if your children lose their early games, let them know that Lichess is still adapting to their skills and not to be discouraged. As your child's rating adjusts, they will get more evenly matched games from the chess server. 

New to chess? These practice tournaments are for players who know the rules of chess and know how to checkmate an opponent. If your child is new to chess, please contact your school’s chess coordinator to discuss the best options for your child to learn chess. Also, check out https://lichess.org/learn#/ and https://www.chesskid.com/lessons