March 6, 2018
Dear New York State Scholastic Championship Players, Parents, Coaches and Guests,
Welcome to the 51st edition of the New York State Scholastic Championships— one of the USCF’s longest-running scholastic chess tournaments!
may very well end up with nearly 1,200 or more players,
making this the largest USCF-rated chess tournament ever
held in upstate New York! To accommodate such a large number of
players, the tournament is actually being run in two separate locations.
High School Championship, High School Intermediate and High School Reserve Sections will be played in
next to the
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. The
Courtyard and the Excelsior Springs
Ballroom are about
a ten minute walk
north of the Hilton along Excelsior Avenue. The Courtyard
by Marriott Hotel’s address is 11
Excelsior Avenue, and the address of the Excelsior
next to the hotel, is 47 Excelsior
Avenue, in Saratoga Springs. You
should be able to walk to the end of the Hilton Hotel’s parking lot and then continue north on Excelsior Avenue, past the Olde
Bryan Inn and onto the Courtyard Hotel and the Excelsior Ballroom on the left.
has excellent lighting and playing conditions to accommodate the High
School sections. The Canfield and Carousel Rooms in the Courtyard by Marriott
door to the Excelsior Springs Ballroom) are available for Skittles. In the event we need additional space for the High
School sections, the overflow boards will probably be in the Yaddo Room of the Courtyard by Marriott
Hotel as well. The Courtyard will also offer some sandwiches
and premade food items, along with their menu of hot and cold items at the
Bistro. The Saratoga City Center will also operate a separate food concession
geared to our group as well.
We understand the inconvenience in
having the High School sections separated from the rest of the sections in the
Hilton Hotel by
a 10-minute walk outdoors
in the winter. However, we are very
fortunate to have such a first-rate tournament facility and hotel
so close to the Hilton available and able to accommodate
our large number of players, and we will try our best to give our High School
participants an outstanding tournament experience. We will try to text the pairings to the
individual players or parents, and make them available on the tournament
website as well. If you registered
online and provided your cell phone number with the texting pairings option,
you should be all set. If not, you can
provide that information to the Tournament Staff for future texting of
Seven sections of the
tournament will be played in the Saratoga Springs City Center, adjacent to the Hilton Hotel via
an indoor walkway. The Junior High
Championship Section will be played in Room C on the first floor, and the
Middle School Intermediate Section will probably be in this room also. The Middle
School Reserve, Elementary Championship, Elementary Intermediate, K-5
Intermediate and Elementary
Reserve will all be playing in the Main
Hall on the first floor of the Saratoga Springs City Center, known also as Hall D.
Championship, Primary Reserve, K-1
Championship and K-1 Reserve
Sections will all be held in the Saratoga Ballroom of the
Saratoga Hilton Hotel.
The Skittles Room for
the tournament will be in Room M1, on the first floor of the Saratoga Springs City Center..
If you're interested in trying out some rated chess yourself while you're
waiting, we have a special side tournament on Sunday morning: the
Parents And Friends Tournament! Registration is from
9:30 - 10:15 am at Chess Control in the Hilton Hotel, and the four USCF-rated
games (30 minutes per game, plus 5-second delay per move, per player) are played
in Room C of the
Saratoga Springs City Center!
At 9:30 am Sunday March 11th, we will also have a
New York State Chess Association
Open House and Tournament Feedback Forum. Here you can
learn about NYSCA, a 501 (c) (3) organization and America’s oldest state chess
association, and its efforts to promote and support Chess in New York State.
Finally, please note that Eastern Daylight Time begins at 2:00 am this Sunday, March 11th-- remember to set your clocks ahead one hour (but not your chess clocks)!
Here are some links to other useful information.
The Continental Chess website, which has much chess information and historical data.
The New York State Scholastic Championships website, which has the results for this year and prior years.
The Tournament Rules
Thank You Very Much for your participation and we truly appreciate your support as we strive to provide all of you with an excellent tournament!
Thank you all again for coming and welcome to historic Saratoga Springs, New York!
Chief Tournament Director
New York State Scholastic Championships