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Chess Odyssey Winter Olympics
2004 Team Championships

When:  Saturday, January 10, 2004*                                                            
Where: 
Patterson Elementary  261 NE Lenox Street, Hillsboro, OR  97124   
     What:  Team-paired match play tournament; 5 rounds (Swiss) at G/30

Two sections:    Heroes (combined team rating under 3600 ) and Olympians (unlimited team rating)

Awards:  Gold, silver or bronze custom-designed 2-1/2" medals will be awarded to each member of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams in each section; board prizes will be given to the players with the best scores on each board (1-4) in each section;  ribbons for all participants. 
Additional awards:  Best Team Name, Best Team T-Shirt or Logo, Olympic Spirit Awards.

This is a USCF-rated scholastic event for ages 5-19.  All skill levels welcome!  Please bring tournament-standard sets, boards and clocks if you have them.  Pizza and limited concessions will be available at the tournament site, or bring your own lunch.  There will be a half hour break for lunch between rounds 2 and 3.  

Register your school or  homeschool chess club team.   We expect you to play for your existing team if you already have one, or a team you have played on in the past 12 months if your current school does not have a team.  There is no limit to the number of teams a school or homeschool  club may enter.  Teams will consist of four players, including a team captain (not necessarily the strongest player) for organizational purposes.  Each team may additionally register one alternate player not required to pay an entry fee; however, alternates must have the lowest rating of the team (the alternate's rating does not count toward team rating total) and may only play board 4.  The  highest-rated player on the team will play board 1, the second highest player board 2, the third highest board 3, and the lowest-rated player board 4, in every round.  Exception:  Team members may play up one board (though doing so could affect an individual's chances for a board prize).  For example, the second strongest player may play board 1, with the other team members also moving up a board if the team captain were to decide to (or needed to) pull the top team member out for a round.  This is also an example of how an alternate gets a chance to play.  However, no player may play a lower board than the one they were originally assigned.   Unrated (USCF or WRS) players will be considered to have a rating of 1000 for this event.

If you don't have a team, no problem!   We will help you find one for this event!  Simply indicate that you're looking for a team when you register.  Although we can't guarantee you'll be able to play on the same team as your friend(s), we'll do our best to accommodate requests and create balanced teams.  Do you have questions about teams or how team tournaments work?  Email Pete at  pete@chessodyssey.com  or call him at 503-504-5756.  

*Note:  Registration/check-in will be between 7:30-8:15 a.m.; first round start time is 9:00 a.m.; awards ceremony will be as close to 5:00 p.m. as possible.  Preregistered  teams checking in later than 8:15 a.m. will not play the first round but will receive a 1/2-point byeIndividuals/teams registering late on the day of the tournament must call the tournament director (Pete, at 503-504-5756) by 7:45 a.m. and be at the site by 8:00 a.m. ready to register in order to be allowed to play the first round .

Entry fee:  $17.50 per team member if received by 1/3/04; $25 at the door.  U.S. Chess Federation membership is required, but is available through Chess Odyssey.   USCF membership fees are $19 for under age 14 years, and $25 for ages 15-19.   USCF members receive Chess Life magazine, a national rating, free online chess at chesshall.org, and other benefits.

Visit www.chessodyssey.com to register online.