Winner at All Girls State to rep state at national tourney

MADISON – Each section winner in the 2024 All Girls State Chess Championship will be deemed a state champion.

Furthermore, the winner of the K-12 section will be entitled to represent the State of Alabama at the Ruth Haring National Tournament of Girls State Champions.

The All Girls State Chess Championship will be held on Feb. 10 at the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering, 229 Wynn Drive in Huntsville. Madison City Chess League or MCCL will host the tournament.

State Sen. Arthur Orr and the Madison County Delegation are sponsors for the event.

The championship is divided into three sections: K-12, K-6 and K-3. Top-place earners in all sections will receive individual and team awards.

For the K-3 and K-6 sections, the time control will be Game 30/d5 (5SS). Round times are scheduled for 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

For the K-12 Section, the assigned time control is Game 45/d5 (4SS). Rounds will be held at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

“In the teams, the top four individual scores from the same school in each section will comprise the team score,” Guthrie said.

Entry fee for All Girls State is $25 if the player pays by Feb. 2. After that date, the fee increases to $50. Deadline to enter is Feb. 7. Players cannot register onsite for this tournament.

To register, visit madisonchess.com.

Before registering, entrants in the championship must have memberships in the United States Chess Federation or USCF and the Alabama Chess Federation or ACF. To secure these memberships, visit alabamachess.org or uschess.org.

In individual prizes, competitors who reach first through fifth place will receive trophies. Players who tie for fifth place in each section will earn medals. For team prizes, the teams in first through third places in each section will receive trophies.

The champion in the K-12 Section will represent Alabama at the Ruth Haring National Girls Tournament of Champions in Norfolk, Va. on July 27-30.

For more information, email mccl.director@gmail.com or visit madisonchess.com.

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