Feb 28-Mar 1, 2009
The Saratoga Hotel, Saratoga Springs NY

Feb 28-Mar 1.  New York State Scholastic Championships. Open to grades K-12 in any state (top NYS player & team in each section are NY champions).   Saratoga Hilton, 534 Broadway (I-87 Exit 13-N, 4 miles north on US 9), Saratoga Springs NY 12866.  PARKING $5/DAY (note change).  Team prizes based on top 4 scores from same school; no combined school teams allowed even if one school "feeds" another. Teams of 2 or 3 players allowed, but are at a disadvantage. In 6 sections, each is a 6SS, G/65 except K-1 is 5SS, G/30 playing Mar 1 only.

High School, grades K-12.  Entry fee $42 mailed by 2/6.  Top NYS grade 9-12 qualifies for Denker Tournament of HS Champions (Indianapolis, 8/1-4).

Junior High, grades K-9.  Entry fee $41.90 mailed by 2/6. 

Elementary, grades K-6. Entry fee $41.60 mailed by 2/6. 

Elementary Novice, grades K-6 under 800 or unrated (March official ratings used).  Entry fee $41.50 mailed by 2/6.

Primary, grades K-3.  Entry fee $41.30 mailed by 2/6.

K-1, grades K-1.  Entry fee $41.10 mailed by 2/6. 

Mail entry $10 extra per player postmarked 2/7-2/17.  No mail entry after 2/17. 
No online entry after 2/23. 
No phone entry after 2/23.

Entry at site: all $60. 

Trophies to top 20 players, top 3 Unrated, and top 8 teams each section and top each U1400, U1200, U1000 (HS), U1200, U1000, U800 (JHS), U1000, U800 (Elem), U600, U400 (Elem Novice).  Speed playoff if perfect score tie.  Free entry to NY State Championship, Labor Day weekend 2009 (Albany), to top player each section.  1 year NYSCA membership to all NY residents who are not members.

U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) membership is also required of all players, to participate (in any USCF-rated tournament).  Any USCF Membership dues are in addition to the entry fee.  REDUCED RATE DUES ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE.

RATINGS:  MARCH 2009 official USCF ratings used.  Unofficial ratings are not used unless you are otherwise unrated.

Schedule: Late reg. ends Sat 11 am, rds Sat 12 noon, 3 pm & 6 pm, Sun 9 am, 12 noon & 2:45 pm.  Awards 5:30-6 pm.
    (Note correction: Saturday rounds are one hour later than previously posted here.  Chess Life and are correct.)

K-1 schedule: Late reg. ends Sun 9 am, rds Sun 10 am, 12 noon, 1:30 pm, 3 pm, 4:30 pm. 

Half point byes
OK all, limit 2, must commit before rd 2. 
Players who have entered in advance do not register at site.

Hotel rates: $114-114, 888-999-4711, 518-584-4000, RESERVE BY FEB 14 or rate may increase or hotel sell out.  48 hours notice required for room cancellation.  

Backup hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, 518-226-0538, or see for other hotels.. 

Special car rentals: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #657633. 

Mailed entry: Continental Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577.    Include name, rating, USCF ID, USCF expiration (non-members enclose dues), section, school, grade, birth date, address of each player.  Checks payable to Continental Chess. $15 per player service charge for refunds. $10 extra to switch sections, all substitutions from advance list charged $60. Questions:, 845-496-9658.  WCL JGP (top 5 sections).

Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied. 

Concurrent event: Saratoga Open, 6SS for all ages. 

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