(Revision March 22, 2011)
Rules and Regulations
Coming Up! July 30, 2011 to August 2, 2011
This invitational tournament will be played during the 2011 U.S. Open in Orlando, Florida from July 30, 2011 to August 2, 2011. The Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions attracts State Champions from across the United States and the District of Columbia. The winner of the tournament shall receive the title of Barber K-8 Champion of Champions. In case of ties, co-champions shall be recognized.
Each state shall be allowed one Representative as determined by the USCF State Affiliate. Alternates may be substituted as the official Representative. If there are an uneven number of entrants in the tournament, the host state is allowed to enter an additional qualified player. The additional player is eligible for prize monies. Should any of the USCF state affiliates fail to respond to the notice for this tournament by June 15, the K-8 Invitational Chairman may determine the candidate from that state. Representatives must be residents of the state they are representing.
All players including home schooled students must be under the age of 16 as of the first day of the tournament. They must have been enrolled in at least three  Grade 8 or below courses, during the previous spring using the grade appropriate curriculum. The Representative may not have been a full-time student in grade 9 or above during the previous school year. Proof of eligibility shall be the responsibility of the players and the USCF state official certifying the Representative or Alternate.
It is the goal of the K-8 Invitational Committee to have all fifty states and the District of Columbia represented. Consequently, we strongly encourage each USCF state affiliate and the District of Columbia to identify or hold an appropriate Championship tournament to determine its qualifier. Failing this, rating or some other criteria will be acceptable.
The Opening Ceremony, 6-round Swiss and Awards Ceremony will consist of the following dates and times:
Opening Ceremony – 4 PM Saturday, July 30, 2011 (REQUIRED ATTENDANCE AND CHECK-IN). All participants are required to attend for player introductions, awarding of Medallions, introduction of dignitaries and photo session.
- Saturday, July 30, 2011 Round 1. Same time as evening round of the US Open.
- Sunday, July 31, 2011 Round 2 – 12:30 PM. Round 3 – Same time as evening round of the US Open.
- Monday, August 1, 2011 Round 4 – 12:30 PM. Round 5 – Same time as evening round of the US Open.
- Tuesday, August 2, 2011 Round 6 – 11 AM and Awards Ceremony – 4 PM.
This playing schedule is especially convenient, because it allows players an opportunity to participate in the US Open. This is possible because you can now enter the US Open’s four or six day schedule upon completion of the event. Please note that the USCF Executive Board voted to provide a 50% entry fee for all Barber participants who choose to enter the US Open after the Barber is concluded.
- Players are required to play all six rounds of the tournament. A proportion of a player’s expense money will be withheld for each forfeited game. Players expelled from the tournament, or who withdraw without contacting the Tournament Director forfeit all expense money.
- Player shall be required to furnish the TD with a legible and complete score sheet at the conclusion of each round.
- The time control will be determined by the Chief Tournament Director of the US Open.
Dewain Barber, American Chess Equipment, The United States Chess Federation, The U.S. Chess Trust and Dwight Barber will award a total of $2200 in Scholarships (1st place: $800, 2nd place $500, 3rd place $300, 4th place $300 and 5th place $300). Scholarships are designated for college expenses and will be sent to winners only upon proof of college enrollment (copies of paid bills, or official letters, etc.) by the Chess Trust. In some cases, prizes will be held in escrow pending receipt of paper documentation.
Expense money: Through the generosity of Dewain Barber, American Chess Equipment, each participant and the alternate will receive a minimum of $100 to help defray travel expenses, plus a share of the remaining funds after tournament expenses. Expense money will be paid in check or cash at the conclusion of the event. A proportion of a player’s expense money will be withheld for each forfeited game. Players expelled from the tournament, or who withdraw without contacting the Tournament Director forfeit all expense money.
Travel & Accommodations: Players are responsible for their own travel and accommodations. Please note that registration in a hotel room will require a person 18 years of age or older to be present.
Contact Information: Each player must provide the K-8 Invitational Chairman with a phone number of a parent or other responsible adult who will be onsite throughout the event.
American Chess Equipment
524 S. Avenida Faro
Anaheim, CA 92807
Ph: (714) 998-5508
Fax: (74) 998-1160