Sarasota Scholastic Chess Winter Tournament - Jan 2015

Thanks to all our participants for another great tournament, which took place on Sunday afternoon, January 25, 2015, at Pine View School in Osprey.  Full results are here

Trophy winners (1st thru 6th place) in each section were:

K-12 / Scholastic Open:  Jaden Probus, Chris Patrick, Josh Klinger, Sebastian Tanner, Ellie Bodor, and Ethan Sykes

K-5:  Ryan Yanevich, Rafal Moscicki, Rafal Siwicki, Banyan Gilkey, Vince Oser, and Joshua Urfer

K-3:  Trey Banyard, Zachary Westover, Weston Gruttadauria, Noah Brum, Keaton Van Nostrand, and Oliver Brum

Adult Open:  Steve Leverich, Brooks Armstrong, Sandy Faragalla, Jorge Romero, Philip Basse, and Remey Rubin

Top teams:  Southside Elementary, Pine View, The Classical Academy

We look forward to seeing you all again at our next tournament in late April.  The exact date hasn't been set yet.

Another excited team win for Southside!


Our events are open to players from kindergarten through high school, divided into sections based on age and ability.  And as of November 2014, we now also have an Open section for adults and high-rated scholastic players.  This is not an official USCF tournament, so no membership necessary.  Our tournaments do match the format of USCF ones, and we keep our own SSC ratings as with USCF.  More info in the Tournament FAQ section.

Don't be discouraged if you've never been in a tournament before.  It's still a fun full afternoon of chess, and the sorting that takes place from one round to the next pairs you up with more and more appropriately matched opponents.  After each win you go on to face more challenging competition.  After each loss, your competition gets easier, so it's well worth continuing to play, whether you win or lose. 


  • 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, below 1200 rating* (the majority in this section have been 6th-8th and below 800)
  • Open/Invitational -- section for 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. 


  • 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).


$15 (40% off) until 1 week before tournament day, then $20 online $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 section.
  • Team plaques for top 3 school teams. 
  • Medals for all scholastic participants.
  • Sarasota Scholastic Chess car magnets for all participants.


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, January 25, 2015 - 12:30pm