Every so often, at the beginning of the scholastic chess season, the first chess tournament will have a designated learning section. Either the K-1 or K-3 section depending on numbers in he tournament. However, it has always been the responsibility of parents and coaches to educate and train their players to understand how to play scholastic chess before attending their first tournaments.
After that first event, there are not usually any learning sections.
The lingo of the chess tournament flyer and chess announcement:
Swiss style: Four rounds of play, no elimination
G/##;d#: the length of play per clock side
Ex: G/60;d5 means each player has 60 minutes to play their game, and each time they touch their clock they get a 5 second delay. A G/60;d5 round might last 2 hours or a little longer if moves are being made within the 5 second delay.
Open means any player at any age unless otherwise specified. It may be a preferred rating level higher than 1200.
Amateur mean under 1200 rated players should play in the section
Scholastic sections refer to any player that is currently or about to enter a designated school grade. Events during the summer can’t include kids that recently graduated from high school, but can include kids entering Kindergarten the next school year. However, if a 3 year old can complete a chess game in a K-3 section, West Kentucky Chess will not
K-3 is Kindergarten to 3rd grade, K-5 means any player can play up to 5th grade, K-8 can play up to 8th grade and K-12 can play up to 12th grade. Players can’t play down depending on their grade; a 12th grader can’t play down to a 3rd grader, but a 3rd grader could play up to a 12th grader.
Ongoing chess in Paducah
Mondays: Open chess play at Piper's Tea & Coffee from 4:00-6:00 PM, in the Coke Plant, Paducah, Ky.
Thursdays: Game Night at McCracken County Public Library from 5:00-8:00 PM.