The Ole Miss Chess Invitational Tournament, sponsored by the Office of Pre-College Programs in the Division of Outreach and the Mississippi Scholastic Chess Association, is an annual chess tournament for students in the state of Mississippi and neighboring schools in the Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee areas. This tournament welcomes all students of any level of play to compete in a fun and exhilarating atmosphere on the Ole Miss campus.
The chess tournament is set up according to USCF Divisions with all sections playing five (5) Swiss-paired rounds of G30/d5, followed by a blitz tournament (G5/d0).
Current USCF membership is required for players in the K-8 and K-12 divisions. Membership registrations will be available on-site or you can register online at http://secure2.uschess.org/webstore/member.php.
Tournament registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 9:15 a.m. on the 4th floor in the Ole Miss Student Union. All players must check-in at the registration table before competing. Round One will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.
The format for the tournament is Game:30, meaning each player is allowed 30 minutes to complete his or her moves for the match. The matches for the first round will be randomly selected. This will be a Swiss Movement so for Rounds Two-Five players will play others closer to their skill level (based on their record in this tournament). After Round Five, the player with the most wins is the champion.
There will also be a side blitz tournament during the main tournament, Game:5 single elimination. Players can enter this in addition to the main tournament.
Lunch will not be provided. The Food Court in the Ole Miss Student Union will be open for lunch but not for breakfast. The Food Court is probably the best option for lunch since you will not have to leave campus. There are a wide variety of choices for lunch, such as Burger Studio, Chick-Fil-A Express, Magnolia Kitchen, Subway, Southern Tsunami Sushi, Topio's, Toss It Up, and Zoca's. The Ole Miss Bookstore in the Union will also be open for browsing or grabbing of cup of Starbuck's coffee.
The following are the divisions based on experience level as set by United States Chess Federation (USCF).
K-8: USCF Rated <U1200
K-12: USCF Rated
Players will register online at www.msscholasticchess.org or by mail-in form. Pre-registration is $15 per player if registered before January 8, 2016. On-site registration is $20 per player.
Remember, current USCF membership is required for players in the K-8 and K-12 divisions. Membership registrations will be available on-site or you can register online by clicking here.
Registration – 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. (on the 4th floor of the Ole Miss Student Union)
Lunch Break – 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.
Blitz Tournament – 3:00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony – 4:30 p.m.
For information about the tournament and registration, please contact:
Mississippi Scholastic Chess Association
5666 Chess Drive
Olive Branch, MS 38654
For information regarding academic competitions at the University of Mississippi, please contact:
Coordinator, Division of Outreach
E.F. Yerby Conference Center, Room 2
Grove Loop at University Avenue
Outreach and Continuing Education
Office of Pre-College Programs
The University of Mississippi
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848