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19th Annual LexisNexis Risk Solutions MLK Holiday Tournament – USCF Rated

  • January 20, 2020
  • 10:00 AM
  • Whitefield Academy, 1 Whitefield Drive SE Smyrna, GA 30126


  • Scholastic tournament for K-12th grades, players must have a USCF membership to play.
  • Please use this link to register players in the K-1 section
  • Send an email to with evidence of title 1 qualification for registration code.
  • Adults who volunteer at the event may register one child for $20 (partial entry fee & charity project). Lunch & snacks provided to volunteer. Must commit to all day and arrive early. You will need a code. Email to get it.

2020- MLK Standings 



** Registration is closed. ** 


**We are not accepting any further changes for byes or sections. All changes requested before 6PM on Sunday can be confirmed on site at Chess Control.  These changes are not reflected on the posted Registration list. **



19th Annual LexisNexis Risk Solutions MLK Holiday Tournament – USCF Rated


January 20 @ Whitefield Academy


Sponsored by:  




*registration caps = 450 for main event, 80 for K-1 section*



We strongly encourage everyone, especially first-timers, to read the MLK FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)




 Final List of Registered Players



Important new policy:  No electronic scoring devices (such as Monroi or eNotate) will be allowed and players will not be allowed to use score books.  Individual notation sheets will be provided at the tournament site.  Please bring a pen or pencil for taking notation.



Who: Open to all Scholastic Players in grades K-12th with a USCF membership.


Format: 5 rounds, Individual/Team Swiss System.

25 minutes per player with a 5 sec delay for all sections (G/25;d5)


Sections by grade/rating: K-1, K-3, K-3 U400/Unrated, K-5, K-5 U600/Unrated, 6-8, 9-12, 6-12 U1000/Unrated. (Sections may be combined if needed).


Entry Fee: $35 


Registration: On-line until midnight Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 or when we reach the cap (whichever comes first). If space is available, late registration will be offered for $45 through midnight on Thursday, January 16th.  There is no onsite registration for this event.


Rounds: 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm for all sections but K-1. Players should be seated at their boards by 9:40 with announcements beginning promptly at 9:45.


Rounds for K-1 (in small tournament room off bottom floor of skittles area): 10:30, 11:45, 1:15, rounds 4 and 5 will be paired asap.  Players should be seated at their boards by 10:15 with announcements beginning promptly at 10:20.


Byes: You may take up to 2 byes. Byes taken during rounds 1-4 are ½ point byes. A bye taken in the 5th round is a zero point bye. You may not take 2 byes in rounds 1-4 and one bye in round 5 – that is 3 byes even though the last round is zero pts. No bye or section changes after 6:00 PM Sunday 1/19.


Prizes: Individual – Place trophies to at least Top 5 in each section (possibly more depending on section size), trophies to all plus score (3 or more points). Ribbons to all participants except K-1 who will receive participation prizes. Team – Trophies to top scoring teams in each section (number of team trophies awarded will depend on section size). A team is 2 or more players in the same section from the same school – Top 4 scores are counted. Stipends (Individual only): $100 stipend to all players with a perfect 5-0 score and to the 1st place winner on tie-breaks in each section to attend Nationals in 2019 (must attend and email by June 1 with name, tournament attended, and payment address to receive it). If sections are combined then the stipend is for the winner of the combined section only. 


Special Activities: There will be charitable activities between rounds to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Note: It is the parent's responsibility to check advanced entries online to verify that the information is correct or to have errors fixed before Round 1 begins. We will post registration updates on the website and the FINAL registration list will be posted at the tournament. Accelerated pairings may be used at the chief TD’s discretion.

USCF membership required. Sets and boards supplied. Bring your chess clock (if you have one, not required). If one player brings a clock and requests its use both players must use the clock.


Cell phone policy:  Cell phones, smart watches, and other devices are not allowed to be on the player’s person during active play.  It is recommended that players not bring any electronic device into the tournament hall.  If player does have a cell phone or smart watch, it should be powered completely off and stored in a bag under the player’s chair.  Violations of this policy will be penalized at the discretion of the chief TD and may include a time penalty or forfeiture of game.


Photos: We may be taking photos of the chess players for possible publication on our website. Please email us if you do not want your child's photo used.


Note: Cancellations must be received by 7:00am Monday morning January 20 in order to receive a refund.




Tournament Coordinator:  Susan Justice         



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