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2020 West Metro Atlanta Team State Qualifier

  • February 29, 2020
  • 9:30 AM
  • 5265 Ward Street SE, Smyrna, GA 30080


2020 West Metro Atlanta State Qualifier


Coaches and parents are required to read the Questions and Answers for updated information/rules pertaining to this state scholastic qualifier tournament.


*registration cap = 400*

Click Here for List of Registered Players (Excel file)

2020 WMAR K-1 Team Standings.xls

2020 WMAR K-3 Team Standings.xls

2020 WMAR K-5 Team Standings.XLS

2020 WMAR 6-8 Team Standings.xls

2020 WMAR K-1 Individual Standings.xls

2020 WMAR K-3 Individual Standings.xls

2020 WMAR K-5 Individual Standings.xls

2020 WMAR 6-8 Individual Standings.xls



  • Lovett, Westminster and Galloway. Spring Break conflict (players from these schools should register for East Regional)
  • Vanderlyn schedule conflict (players from this school should register for West Regional)

Important new policy:  No electronic scoring devices (such as ChessNoteR Monroi or eNotate) will be allowed. Players will be allowed to use personal score books. Any scorebook must be open only to the game in progress. Individual notation sheets will be provided at the tournament site.  Please bring a pen or pencil for taking notation.



Where: Campbell High School, 5265 Ward Street SE, Smyrna, GA 30080


When: February 29, 2020. Arrive by 9:00 AM to play.


Eligibility: Open to all Scholastic Players whose school is in Cobb County, Forsyth County, that part of Clayton County west of I-75, and that part of Fulton County west of a line running from north to south from GA 400 to I-85 to I-75.   If you are outside the metro- Atlanta and would like to participate please contact:


Four sections:

Middle School (6th – 8th grade)

K-5 (Kindergarten – 5th grade)

K-3 (Kindergarten – 3rd grade)

K-1 (Kindergarten – 1st grade)

Players MUST play in a section that they qualify for by their grade.  “Playing up” i.e. a 5th grader playing in the Middle School section is not allowed. 


Exception to the Eligibility Rules: Exceptions to this eligibility rule may only be granted by Chief TD, Scott Parker. If you feel your school absolutely needs an exception to this rule email Scott Parker ( no later than Feb 25, 2020 (earlier is better). Please read the FAQ and the Eligibility Rules before you request an exception. Answers will be provided within 48 hours of appeal or no later than February 27, 2020, and a list of exceptions granted will be posted on the GCA website by noon February 28, 2020. 


Format: Four rounds, unrated, individually paired Swiss System tournament with a time control of 25 minutes per player with a five second time delay (G/25; d5).  Unless byes are requested, each player will play all rounds (this is not an elimination tournament).

Round Times: 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM. Awards ceremony ASAP after round 4.


Byes: All requested byes are half-points. Maximum two byes allowed. Must declare during registration or by Feb 28, 2020, 7 PM. In order to request a bye after registration, but prior to 7 PM on Feb 28, 2020, please send an email to:


Withdrawals: You must notify a tournament director as soon as possible if you must withdraw or miss a round.


Morning Schedule:  

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM: Players to their board in the tournament room. Parents and coaches welcome.

9:15 AM - 9:25 AM: Tournament announcements. Parents and coaches welcome.

9:30 AM:  Round 1 begins for all sections.  Parents and coaches return to the skittles room(s).


Registration and Entry Fee: Entry fee is payable online. To register multiple players, click ‘add a guest' after completing the form for the first player. This way you can make one payment for all your players.  There is no onsite registration for this event and we will follow the following schedule:


Entry through 2/25/20: $30/player

Entry on 2/26/20 and UNTIL 6:00PM 2/27/20: $45/player   $30/player


Online registration will close automatically on Thursday, Feb 27th, 2020, 5:59 pm EST (1 minute before 6PM). On-site registrations will not be accepted. No changes (except withdrawals) allowed via email on tournament day due to the size of the tournament. The registration deadline is firm for all players (even if you are requesting an exception for your player).  


Cancellations: Cancellations must be received by 7:00am Saturday morning February 29, in order to receive a refund.


Prizes:  There are no Individual – Place trophies at this event. Ribbons to all participants. Team – Trophies to top scoring teams in each section (number of team trophies awarded will depend on section size). A team is 3 or more players in the same section from the same school – Top 5 scores are counted. If there are only one or two players from your school in your section you can still play, but cannot qualify a team to the State Team Finals.


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.

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.


Tournament Chief TD: Scott Parker


Tournament Coordinator: Kindeya Scott, 







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