The Ray Joiner
General Information, Rules & Schedule
Sierra Madre Middle School
160 North Canon Ave, Sierra Madre 91024
Check-in begins at 8:00 am.
The Award Ceremony ends at 3:30 pm.
See schedule for details. Arriving promptly to check-in is important to ensure all players are ready and in place to begin on time.
Enter the school’s parking lot off N. Canon Avenue. If the lot is full, please use street parking.
Look for check-in tables in the lobby of the multipurpose room just inside the entry gate.
Refreshments and Lunch
Coffee, water, and light snacks are available for a suggested donation all day. Pizza and salad will be provided to players free of charge, and to all others for a suggested donation. You may also bring your own snacks. Be sure your child eats and drinks.
Players K-5th grade need a parent or other guardian present on site all day. Students grades 6 and up are permitted to attend without a parent.
Parents are not permitted to watch the chess games in the tournament room. They may observe from outside only. Thankfully, Sierra Madre Middle has large windows and ample seating right outside of the multipurpose room.
Things to Do
You may wish to bring reading material, games for younger siblings, or other ways to pass the time between and during rounds. The library “cafe” will be open for quiet reading and work. The Ray Joiner Reading Corner will feature several elementary titles that younger children may enjoy reading. Please note that there is no WiFi so bring your own hotspot if you need it.
Questions? Contact Nancy Carol Inguanzo email@example.com or call 626.396.3625
The Ray Joiner Chess Tournament: Schedule
|7:30||Volunteer Check-in||Tables in lobby of multipurpose room|
|8:00 -8:55||Player Check-in. Get your name badge!||Tables in lobby of multipurpose room|
Welcome and Introductions
Players are asked to sit on the Quad steps for the photo following remarks.
Parents are asked to stand behind.
|9:30-10:10||Round 1||Multipurpose room|
|10:20- 11:00||Round 2||Multipurpose room|
|11:10-11:50||Round 3||Multipurpose room|
Pizza, salad, and water are free to players.
A suggested donation is asked from others.
|Seating is outside in the Quad|
|12:50-1:30||Round 4||Multipurpose room|
|1:40-2:20||Round 5||Multipurpose room|
|2:20-3:00||Break (During scoring)||Outside in Quad|
|All Day||Refreshments (suggested donation)||Outside in Quad|
|All Day||Quiet Reading and Work Area||Library upstairs across from multipurpose room|
|All Day||PEF Information Table||Outside in Quad|
The Ray Joiner Chess Tournament: Rules
Make sure your child is registered in the correct division. If you would like to change their division, you MUST inform PEF by Friday September 7 via email to Nancy Carol Inguanzo firstname.lastname@example.org or call 626.396.3625
Novice: No “castling”, “en passant”, “touch move” rules. Adult monitors may assist/adjust the game pieces to resolve any extended “in-check” scenarios to allow game-play to continue. Games will use a 40-minute running clock for the entire game.
Advanced: Competitive play that includes “castling”, “en passant”, and all competitive chess rules. This will NOT be “touch-move.” Players CAN touch a piece, then if not moved, release it and play another piece. Players should be able to negotiate their own solutions to game play complications. Games will use a 40-minute running clock for the entire game.
Elite: Competitive play rules with no age restrictions. This is a “touch-move” division where once a piece is touched, it must be played. Players will use a chess clock where each player has 15 minutes of play time. if one of the players runs out of time, that qualifies as a loss.
Once committed to a tournament, a player needs to show up, or let the tournament organizer know ahead of time if you must cancel. A no-show of any player leaves another player without an opponent in the first round.
Players will play all 5 rounds so that everyone will get chances to play. Opportunities to play require that both players participate in each round.
At the start of each round, players will shake hands. Then, one person will hold a white pawn in one hand and a black pawn in the other hand. The other player will gently tap one hand to select their piece color to play for that round.
When players finish their round, they will quietly take their score card to the scorekeeper table to be tallied. They may then proceed outside to talk, snack, and relax. Players need to stay nearby between rounds.
Pairings are pre-organized for the first few rounds of the tournament. Rounds 4 and 5 will be based on ratings and the win/loss record during the tournament. The system of pairings means that in the first couple of rounds, opponents will vary in skill. Rounds 4 and 5 should be better matched to your skill (something to look forward to!)