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2017 Summer Blast Scholastic Tournament

posted Apr 21, 2017, 11:26 AM by Michael McCreary   [ updated Apr 21, 2017, 11:34 AM ]
Sunday, June 4th, 2017 in Paso Robles at Paso Robles High School

Three Sections:
  • Non-Rated Section pK-3rd Grade: For new and beginning players pK-3rd grades. This section is Non-Rated which means that the results will not be submitted to USCF. Writing down moves is encouraged but not required. Using a clock is encouraged but not required.
  • Non-Rated pK-8th Grade: For new and beginning pre-K through 8th graders. Just like the pK-3rd section but for older players. Younger players may "play-up" in this section if they'd like more of a challenge.
  • Rated Section: For more experienced players pK-12 grades. USCF rated 600 or more must play this section. USCF rated below 600 may also "play-up" to this section if they would like the extra challenge. Results from this section will be submitted to the USCF for official rating. Current USCF membership is required (see below for information). Unless excused by TD, players must write down moves and use a clock.
  • Sections may be combined or adjusted at TD discretion based on attendance.
  • USCF rules for Scholastic tournament.
  • 5 rounds SS (Swiss System) - Players are paired for each round against players with approximately the same number of wins and losses after each round (players might not play all 5 rounds if byes are requested or if there's an odd number of players for a round).
  • Game in 30 minute for each player, 5-second delay for Rated section.
  • Tournament Director (TD) discretion may be used for any pairings. We will try to avoid pairings against siblings and school mates for initial rounds.
  • Sets and boards provided. Please bring chess clocks if you have them.

  • Note that this is a Sunday tournament!
  • On-site registration 10:00 - 10:20.
  • Round times 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:15pm, 2:30 pm, 3:45 pm. Please be present 5 to 10 minutes before round starts.
  • If you have a conflict like a soccer game you can take some "byes" so you can do both! It is better to play 3 games than none. :) Learn more...
  • Awards ceremony at approximately 5:00 pm.

Registration & Entry Fees:
  • Non-rated section: $10 per participant in advance.
  • Rated section: $15 per participant in advance.
  • Additional $10 per participant late fee for onsite registration.
  • Save money and time - REGISTER ONLINE 

USCF Membership (applies to Rated section only!):
  • New players and expired USCF members playing in the rated section must pay for USCF membership prior to tournament.
  • Basic 1 year online membership: Under 13 - $16, u16 - $20, u25 - $24.
  • View full USCF membership options online at
  • New members will immediately receive their USCF ID number upon joining online.

Trophies and Prizes:
  • Trophies will be awarded to the top individuals in each section.
  • Medals will be awarded to all other players.
  • Other donated prizes will be handed out at TD discretion.
  • Please contact us if your business would like to sponsor appropriate prizes (like gift certificates for ice-cream and the like).

  • Paso Robles High School, 801 Niblick Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • Free parking.
  • Food nearby.
Contact Michael McCreary,, call or text 805-441-7210 if you have any questions.

Paso Robles High School