Sarasota Scholastic Chess Fall Tournament - Nov 2015

Wow, great tournament everyone!  Our Fall tournament was held on Sunday, November 1.  Thanks to all the participants for some strong competition and great sportsmanship.  We were especially thrilled to see all the new competitors joining us, including a few that competed in the Masters Open section which was primarily comprised of highly experienced adults.  

Special congratulations to all our section award winners:  

Masters Open: 1. Denis Diller (5th grade, Laurel Nokomis)  2. Munir Ben Jemaa (9th grade, Pine View)  3. Daniel Hersey (adult USCF player)

K-12 U1200:  1.  Ari Ginsberg-Klemmt  (Pine View) 2. Chris Patrick  (Pine View) 3. Jaden Probus (NewGate)  4. Alex Garcia  (Sarasota Middle School)  5.  Huy Dinh (Riverview High School)   6. Ryan Yanevich (Nolan Middle School).

K-5 U700:  1.  Rafal Moscicki (Ashton Elementary)  2.  Colin Lopin (homeschool)  3. Vince Oser (Ashton Elementary)  4. Weston Gruttadauria (Southside Elementary)  5. Sean Mathias (Pine View)  6. Maeva Ginsberg-Klemmt (Gulfgate Elementary)

K-3 U500:  1.  Noah Brum (Phillippi Shores Elementary)  2. Jei Hersey (Fruitville Elementary)  3. Liam Lizotte (Southside Elementary)  4. Jared Lopin (homeschool)  5. Allie Chung (Pine View)  6.  Teo Rios (homeschool)

Top Teams:  1.  Pine View School   2.  Southside Elementary   3.  Sarasota Middle School

Full results are posted here.




  • K-3 U500 -- open to students up thru 3rd grade, below 500 rating*
  • K-5 U700 -- open to students thru 5th grade, below 700 rating*
  • K-12 U1200 -- open to scholastic level players thru 12th grade (the majority in this section have been 6th-8th and below 800, but we whole-heartedly encourage all players thru 12th to participate)
  • Masters -- open to adult players and for student players who are above our scholastic rating cutoff or would like a higher level challenge.

* Ratings based on prior SSC tournament results, or a more recent UCSF rating if it is based on at least 15 games.  Ratings and grade level cutoffs are subject to change in order to better balance numbers in each section.  Please see our Tournament FAQ section for additional explanations about ratings and other tournament features.


  • Five rounds, Swiss System (no elimination-- all players play all five rounds). 
  • 30 min for each of the first two rounds, then 40 minutes per round Sections K-3 and K-5.  Games not completed by the end of the time alotted will be assessed and decided by a tournament judge.
  • Clocks will be used in the Open/Invitational section.  In K-12, if either player desires a clock, one will be used.  Time control of G15;d0 in the first two rounds, then G/20;d0 (15 or 20min. per player, no time delay).


Discounted early registration is now open.  Click here.  $15 (40% off) until 1 week before tournament day, then $20 thru the following Thursday.  $25 onsite registration.  USCF membership not required since this is not an official USCF event. 


  • Individual trophies awarded to each of the top 6 places in each scholastic section.  Cash prizes in Masters section.
  • Medals for all scholastic participants.
  • Plaques will be awarded for top three school teams.


In official US Chess Federation tournaments you are normally required to bring your own tournament chess set.  Since we know many kids don't own their own regulation sets, we will provide the sets to use in all but the Open sections.  Open section players will need to bring their own sets and clocks.

Schedule: (subject to change)

Please note that in order to start promptly at 1pm, we require you to register by 12:30pm.  If you can't make it in time for the first round, you can arrange in advance a first round bye (receiving 1/2 pt as if there were a draw).  Late registrants may have to forfeit their first round match.

  12:00-12:30pm Onsite/Late registration
  12:45pm Announcements
  1:00-1:30pm 1st round (30 min)
  1:40-2:10pm 2nd round (30 min)
  2:20-3:00pm 3rd round (40 min)
  3:10-3:50pm 4th round (40 min)
  4:00-4:40pm 5th round (40 min)
  5:00-5:30pm Awards


Pine View School (in the Student Union/Cafeteria), 1 Python Path, Osprey, FL


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Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 12:30pm