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Arizona State Scholastic Tournament Regulations

ACFI Approved Scholastic Events

 The following rules are considered standard for all ACFI approved scholastic events. The ACFI board must approve any deviation from these rules.

1) Unless otherwise covered in ACFI rules, USCF rules and scholastic guidelines apply.

2) No event awarding State Scholastic titles shall award cash or cash equivalent prizes to players below grade 12; acceptable prizes include, but are not limited to, trophies, plaques, ribbons, certificates, and medals.

3) Trophies shall not be sold at any Arizona scholastic state championship events. No award shall be sold at a State Scholastic Championship event, if the same prize is also awarded by the event.

4) "Club" team awards shall not be awarded at Arizona scholastic state title events.

5) Every State Championship shall be 1) open to all players in the category, or 2) open to all players who advance from a designated qualifying tournament. Designated qualifying tournaments shall be open to all players in the category.

6) Each State Championship event shall contribute $1.50 per player to ACFI unless the ACFI board has approved other arrangements.

7)The Official Arizona State High School Championship Tournament shall be the Denker Qualifier.

8) In any state scholastic championship where players are tied with perfect scores, a playoff (when one is held) will determine the State Champion.

Arizona State Grades Championships

 The Arizona State Grades Championships awards champion titles for teams and individuals by individual grades. The tournament consists of separate sections for each grade, K-12. Organizers may combine sections when necessary due to number of entries.

1) Format: The following format is considered standard. Changes to this structure require ACFI Board approval

a)      There shall be five rounds for each section with a G/40 time control or, at the discretion of the organizer, five rounds at G/40 for grades up to and including grade six and four rounds at G/60 for grades 7-12 only (No reduction for time-delay). The format for grades 7-12 must be stated in all pre-tournament publicity.

b)      Two half-point byes may be given prior to the start of the tournament for any round, rounds 1-5. Byes requested after the start of the tournament, for any round, are zero point byes.

c)   Team scores are determined by summation of the top three scores from a team in that section.

Scheduled round times shall be listed on all pre-tournament publicity.

Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships

1.      Location. The Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships shall be held in diverse geographical locations throughout the state on a rotating schedule, provided that there is a willing, qualified, and able organizer for the scheduled region. 

1.1.            The following regions shall be on the rotation schedule.

1.1.1.      North (areas North or West of Maricopa County)

1.1.2.      Maricopa County

1.1.3.      South (the rest of the state). 

1.2.            The schedule of rotation, which began in the early 1970s, included Maricopa in 2006, then the South in 2007, and the North for 2008 after which began a new cycle of rotation. 

2.      Titles. The "Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships" collectively refers to the following titles and awards the USCF recognized state championship titles for these categories.

2.1.            Arizona K-1 Championship

2.2.            Arizona K-1 Team Championship

2.3.            Arizona Primary Championship

2.4.            Arizona Primary Team Championship

2.5.            Arizona Elementary K-5 Championship

2.6.            Arizona Elementary K-5 Team Championship

2.7.            Arizona Elementary K-6 Championship

2.8.            Arizona Elementary K-6 Team Championship

2.9.            Arizona Junior High Championship

2.10.        Arizona Junior High Team Championship

2.11.        Arizona High School Championship

2.12.        Arizona High School Team Championship  

3.      Tournament Format. The following format is considered standard. Changes to this structure require ACFI Board approval

3.1.            Rating. The Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships shall be USCF rated.

3.2.            Sections. The Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships shall consist of the following sections:

3.2.1.      K-1 (grade 1 and below)

3.2.2.      Primary (grade 3 and below)

3.2.3.      Elementary K-5 (grade 5 and below)

3.2.4.      Elementary K-6 (grade 6 and below)

3.2.5.      Junior High (grade 9 and below)

3.2.6.      High School (grade 12 and below)

3.3.            Pairing system.

3.3.1.      The Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships shall be paired as an individual Swiss system tournament.

3.3.2.      Teams may have an unlimited number of players but a maximum of four players’ score may be combined to determine the team’s score.

3.3.3.      Players from the same team may not be paired against each other.

3.3.3.1.            Exception. Players in the High School section may be paired against each other if they have a +1 score or more..

3.4.            Number of rounds.

3.4.1.      The Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships for the K-1, Primary, Elementary K-5, Elementary K-6 and Junior High sections shall be 7 rounds (rounds 1-4 on Saturday and rounds 5-7 on Sunday).

3.4.2.      The Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships for High School section shall be 6 rounds (rounds 1-3 on Saturday and rounds 4-6 on Sunday).

3.4.3.      Three half-point byes may be given prior to the start of the tournament for any round, rounds 1-5. Byes requested after the start of the tournament, for any round, are zero point byes.

3.5.            Time Controls.

3.5.1.      The Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships for the K-1, Primary, Elementary K-5, Elementary K-6 and Junior High sections shall be G/45 for rounds 1-4 and G/60 for rounds 5-7 (No reduction for time-delay).

3.5.2.      The Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships for High School section shall be G/60 for all rounds (No reduction for time-delay).

3.6.            Tie Breakers.

3.6.1.      When individual scores are equal, the following order of tie-break systems will be used to designate individual awards:

3.6.1.1.            Modified Median

3.6.1.2.            Solkoff

3.6.1.3.            Sonnenborn-Berger

3.6.1.4.            Cumulative3.6.1.5.            Kashdan

3.6.1.6.            Game result between tied players

3.6.1.7.            Most Blacks

3.6.1.8.            Total Opposition Rating

3.6.2.      When team scores are equal, the following order of tie-break systems will be used to designate team awards:

3.6.2.1.            Total Solkoff

3.6.2.2.            Total Sonnenborn-Berger

3.6.2.3.            Total Kashdan

3.6.2.4.            Total Individual Cumulative

3.6.2.5.            Total Opposition Rating

3.7.            Eligibility. In order to participate in the Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships, players must meet qualification requirements (see below). 

4.      Qualification Requirements.

4.1.            Teams (schools) earn qualification slots at officially recognized Regional Qualifier tournaments.

4.2.            A team may bring as many players for a section at the Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships equal to the number of slots qualified, plus one.

4.2.1.      Exception. A team that has earned exactly two slots in a section may bring four players to the Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships in that section.

4.3.            A team earns one slot for each individual player who plays a minimum number of games or scores a minimum score.

4.3.1.      The Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships qualification requirement for the K-1 section is to play at least 4 games with no minimum score requirement OR to score 3 points in any section.

4.3.2.      The Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships qualification requirement for the Primary, Elementary K-5,  Elementary K-6 and Junior High(k-9) sections is to score at least 3 points.

4.3.3.      There are no qualification requirements for the High School section.

4.4.            The qualification slot is for the specific section in which it’s earned (thus a 3 point score in the Primary section of a qualifier earns a slot for the Primary section at the Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships).

4.4.1.      Exception. A qualification slot in the K-1 section may be earned by scoring 3 points in any other section. If the qualified slot is applied to the K-1 section it would not count towards the other section.

4.4.2.      Exception. A qualification slot in the Elementary K-5 section may be earned by scoring 3 points in the Elementary K-6 section (and vice versa). If the qualified slot is applied to the one section it would not count towards the other section.

4.5.            No individual player may earn more than one slot for their school in a particular year. If a player achieves a qualifying score more than once, then only one qualifying score earns a slot.

4.6.            All scholastic players are eligible to play in the High School section. 

5.      Awards

5.1.            Team awards. Team scores are determined by summation of the top four scores from a team in that section.

5.1.1.      Each team per section will consist of at least 2 players.

5.2.            The following shall be minimum number for team awards:

5.2.1.      K-1 -- ten (place) trophies

5.2.2.      Primary --  fifteen (place) trophies

5.2.3.      Elementary K-5 -- ten (place) trophies

5.2.4.      Elementary K-6 --  ten (place) trophies

5.2.5.      Junior High -- ten (place) trophies  

5.2.6.      High School -- four (place) trophies

5.3.            In addition to the place trophies, a minimum the top three teams from each section will also each receive 5 plaques (one for each top four scoring players plus the coach).

5.4.            Individual awards. The following shall be minimum number for individual place awards:

5.4.1.      K-1 section -- twenty-five (place) trophies

5.4.2.      Primary section --  twenty-five (place) trophies

5.4.3.      Elementary K-5 section -- twenty (place) trophies

5.4.4.      Elementary K-6 section -- twenty  (place) trophies

5.4.5.      Junior High section -- twenty (place) trophies

5.4.6.      High School -- eight (place) trophies

5.5.            All participants in the Arizona Scholastic State Championships who score 5 points or more will be awarded a trophy. All participants in the Arizona Scholastic State Championships who score 4.5 points or more and don’t receive a trophy will be awarded a medal. (For every section)

5.6.            A participation award shall be awarded to all players who participate in the tournament. Details are left to the organizer.  Examples of acceptable participation awards include ribbons, medals, certificates, or pins

5.6.1.      Exception. Participation trophies shall be awarded to all Kindergartners who complete the tournament. Nominal cost per award should be no more than 10% and no less than 1% of the advance entry fee.  At a minimum the participation awards must be printed or engraved with the name and year of the tournament. Other information such as the dates, location and any logo associated with the event are desirable but not required.  Deviations from this rule may be approved by the ACFI president.

Regional Qualifiers

Regional Qualifiers are part of the Arizona State Scholastic Championships system.   
  1. Format
a) 5 Rounds using Swiss System pairings or a pre announced comparable alternative.

b) Time control of 30 minutes per player per game or more (No reduction for time-delay).

c) Open to all Arizona residents in each section category. No organization membership shall be required of participants except for USCF membership if the event is USCF rated.

d)  Sections for qualifying are: K-1, K-3, K-5, K-6 and K-9. All five sections are NOT required to be held (organizers discretion).

e)  Two half-point byes may be given prior to the start of the tournament for any round, rounds 1-5. Byes requested after the start of the tournament, for any round, are zero point byes.

2) Regional Qualifiers shall be scheduled no earlier than 8 weeks before the Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships and no later than 1 week before the start of the Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships. This does include the Saturday before the state championship.

3) All Regional Qualifiers are to be approved by the ACFI Board.  

4) Every organization that wants to put in a qualifier should submit the request by November 1 of the cycle year.  For example, for the Spring 2007 State Scholastic Championships, all Regional Qualifiers must be pre announced by November 1st, 2006.  Pre announcement may be done simply by emailing the date and location of regional qualifiers to the ACFI Executive Board by the stated deadline. The ACFI Board will determine the status of qualifiers submitted by Nov 1 no later than Nov 15. After this date qualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis. 

5) Regional Qualifiers are not required to be USCF rated but are encouraged to be USCF rated.  USCF rules will be used for the running of the tournament.  Regional Qualifiers may be rated by other organizations at the organizers discretion provided it is pre announced. 

6) Cross tables from each Regional Qualifier must be provided to the organizers of the State Closed Scholastic Championship within 10 days of the start of the Scholastic Championship event.  This can either be hard copy, email or via a pointer to a web page. 

7) All official publicity concerning qualifiers for state scholastic championships shall include date, place, and contact information for the Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championships for which they are qualifiers. 

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