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2024 Craftsbury Winter Scholastic Chess Tournament

This tournament is open to Vermont students in 6th – 12th grades, home school students are eligible.
Chessboards, pieces, and clocks will be provided. No prior tournament experience necessary.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
12:45 PM
Round 1
1:00 PM
Round 2
15 Minutes After Completion of Round 1
Round 3
15 Minutes After Completion of Round 2
Round 4
15 Minutes After Completion of Round 3
As Needed

This tournament is open to Vermont students in grades 6 through 12.  Participants must be Vermont residents or be enrolled in a Vermont public or private school.  No prior tournament experience is necessary.  Home schooled students are eligible, as long as they are Vermont residents and under 19 years of age.  Home schooled students in a program that doesn’t use traditional grade levels should enroll in a section appropriate to their age.


High School and 8th Grade sections will be USCF rated, and current USCF membership is required for participation in those sections. Please make certain that your membership is current prior to registration. You may obtain or update a USCF membership online at https://uschess.org.

All players must pre-register for the event. No walk-ins allowed. Registration closes on January 21st.  Registration may close prior to January 21st due to space limitations. Online registration only, no entries will be accepted via mail or email. Terms and Conditions apply.


The Vermont Scholastic Chess Championships will follow standard United States Chess Federation (USCF) rules for scholastic tournaments.

All players will play four rounds, there are no eliminations. The champion for each division will be determined by the best overall score after all rounds of play.

Each player will play four games, unless they receive a ‘bye’ due to an odd number of players in a division. A bye is worth one point (equivalent to a win.)  No player will receive more than one bye.  A player who arrives late and does not play in the first round (or any subsequent round) due to their tardiness will not be awarded a bye and will receive no points for the missed round. If a player needs to leave for any reason before the end of the event, the tournament director must be informed of the early withdrawal.


High School and 8th Grade sections will be USCF rated, and current USCF membership is required for participation in those sections.

  • All High School and 8th Grade games will use a chess clock. 
  • Matches will be “Game 30, Delay 0” meaning each player will have 30 minutes, for a total of 1 hour maximum per game, with no clock delay and no increment per move.
  • Clocks will be provided. 
  • USCF players are required to notate their games.  If unfamiliar with notation, do your best.  Notation becomes optional for both players once there is 5 minutes or less left on the clock for either player.

6-7th Grade sections will be unrated, and USCF membership is not required. 

  • 6-7th first round pairing will be by random draw.
  • Pairing for subsequent rounds will follow Swiss pairing rules, which matches players who have accumulated a similar score for the day’s event.
  • All games in each round are expected to be completed within one hour. 
  • Any game lasting longer than 40 minutes will have a clock applied to assure timely completion. 
  • Players are encouraged to notate their games (i.e. write down each move as it is made) but it is not required.

Individual Competitions: Sections subject to change based on number of attendees.

6th Grade: Awards 1st – 5th

7th Grade: Awards 1st – 5th

8th Grade: Awards 1st – 5th (USCF Required) 

9-12th Grades: Awards 1st – 5th (USCF Required) 

  • Grades 6th-8th Middle School
  • Grades 9th-12th High School

A team championship will be awarded to the players representing a school (not a club) with the highest aggregate score, based on the following criteria:

  • The top four scores achieved by players from the same school will be added and become the team score.  The highest total score wins.
  • A team may have less than four players, but a minimum of two players.
  • A school may be represented by more than four players, but only the highest four scores will count toward the team score.
  • It is not necessary to register as a team — simply indicate the school attended on the registration form and the player will automatically represent that school.
  • Home school players: If you wish to participate in the team competition, please select the public school district in which you reside. If you do not wish to participate in the team competition, choose Home School/No Team.
  • The tournament is primarily an individual competition, so players from the same school may need to play against each other during the tournament according to Swiss Pairing rules.
  • Playoff games typically do not add to a score.  For example, say you have a two-way tie at the top with 4.5 points, so you have a playoff game between those players.  One wins and gets the first place trophy and the other gets second, but they both still achieve 4.5 points toward their team score.

Ties:   If there is a tie for the top position, the event results will be checked to see if the top tied players have already played each other that day. If they have and there was a winner of that game, that player will be declared the winner of the event. If not, a playoff game will be played between the tied players to determine the champion. If that game ends in stalemate, additional games will be played at successively reduced time controls until a winner is declared. Ties in all other positions except the top position will remain ties.


A word about notation:  Notating chess games is not hard; it just takes a little practice to get into the habit of writing down your moves after you make them.  A printable notation sheet can be found here.  There are many places to learn notation online, and we believe that if you can play Battleship, you can notate chess!  Notation has many benefits including the ability to review your games after the event, as well as help to correct errors and resolve disputes.

Results: Players’ name, division and results will be published on this website after the event concludes. For rated sections of the tournament, those player’s results will be shared with US Chess in accordance with their reporting rules.


If registration and/or USCF membership fees are a financial hardship, please use the contact form to request a scholarship.  Scholarships are available, and no one should fail to participate for lack of funds.


A variety of food (pizza, hot dogs, snacks) and drinks will be available for purchase from the Craftsbury Booster Club.  Please send your player with CASH if they wish to purchase food. This tournament does NOT have a dedicated lunch hour, players should eat between rounds. Players are welcome to bring their own lunch and are highly encouraged to bring multiple water bottles (see below).


Please be advised that water at Craftsbury Academy is under a DO NOT DRINK order until well repairs can be completed following the spring thaw. Please ensure that you send your player with enough water for the entire day, water is also available for purchase. Well water is not used when preparing food at Craftsbury Academy.


The tournament will be held at Craftsbury Academy,1422 N Craftsbury Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827. Parking is limited in front of the school and surrounding Craftsbury Common, additional parking and all bus parking is available one block north of Craftsbury Academy at Dustan Field (Dustan Road).  SCHOOL BUS PARKING is available at Dustan Field.


Wi-Fi and cellular service is limited, please plan accordingly. 


Spectators are not allowed to remain in classrooms or tournament rooms during tournament play. Spectators are asked to congregate in the Craftsbury Academy gymnasium. The Craftsbury Public Library is a 0.1 mile walk from Craftsbury Academy and offers public Wi-Fi. There are many lovely walking paths surrounding the school, as well as an outdoor playground. Players will be dismissed to the gymnasium following each round of play. All players and spectators are expected to behave in a respectful manner toward other players, spectators, and volunteers, while also respecting school property. Anyone in violation of these standards will be asked to leave and will receive a 0 for any rounds not completed due to failure to comply with tournament standards.



6th Grade Section

Pos NAME Rtg Pts 1 2 3 4
1 Harsha Chadive 0 4.0 +W3 +B2 +W5 +W6
2 Hollis Allen 0 3.0 +B4 -W1 +W8 +B5
2 Nimish Jaliparthi 0 3.0 -B1 +W7 +B4 +W8
3 Charles Grzankowski 0 2.0 -W2 +B6 -W3 +B10
3 Iris Jacobs 0 2.0 +W8 +B9 -B1 -W2
3 Jonah Wohlberg 0 2.0 +B7 -W4 +W9 -B1
3 Eka Goodenough 0 2.0 -W6 -B3 +W10 +B9
4 Devin Allen 0 1.0 -B5 +W10 -B2 -B3
4 Garrett Patch 0 1.0 +B10 -W5 -B6 -W7
5 Lily Sorensen 0 0.0 -W9 -B8 -B7 -W4

7th Grade Section

Pos NAME Rtg Pts 1 2 3 4
1 Max Royan 0 4.0 +B6 +W2 +W3 +B4
2 Amie Wilhelm 0 3.0 +W4 -B1 +W7 +BYE
2 Christopher Tongolei 0 3.0 +B7 +W5 -B1 +W6
3 Garrett Sisk 0 2.0 -B2 +W6 +B5 -W1
3 Stella Cusack 0 2.0 +BYE -B3 -W4 +B7
4 Finn Henty 0 1.0 -W1 -B4 +BYE -B3
4 James Reynolds 0 1.0 -W3 +BYE -B2 -W5

8th Grade Section

Pos NAME Rtg Pts 1 2 3 4
1 Vivek Chadive 1325 4.0 +W6 +B2 +W3 +B4
2 Noah Schwartz 1306 3.0 +B4 -W1 +B5 +B3
3 Piper Hall 1049 2.0 +W5 +B6 -B1 -W2
3 Brayden McEnany 0 2.0 -W2 +B5 +W6 -W1
4 Jordon Wright 0 1.0 -B3 -W4 -W2 +B6
5 Ada Allen 0 0.0 -B1 -W3 -B4 -W5

9th – 12th Grade Section

Pos NAME Rtg Pts 1 2 3 4
1 Jacob Graham 1657 4.0 +W7 +B6 +W5 +B3
2 Alden Bond 0 3.0 +B4 -W3 +W7 +B5
2 Merlin Gwozdz 662 3.0 +W9 +B2 +W6 -W1
2 Isaac Stebbins 846 3.0 -W2 +B9 +W10 +B8
3 Truman Bates 764 2.0 +B11 +W8 -B1 -W2
3 Sawyer Thibodeau 847 2.0 +B10 -W1 -B3 +W9
3 Adam Koroly 470 2.0 -B1 +W11 -B2 +W10
3 Reason Hutchins 227 2.0 +BYE -B5 +W11 -W4
4 Trenton Siwko 0 1.0 -B3 -W4 +BYE -B6
4 Connor Lamothe 351 1.0 -W6 +BYE -B4 -B7
4 Aleksey Strokanov 0 1.0 -W5 -B7 -B8 +BYE

Tournament Registration Purchase Agreement

You have chosen to purchase a registration to participate in the a Chess Tournament (the “Tournament”) organized by the Craftsbury Chess Club pursuant to this Tournament Registration Agreement (the “Agreement”). You have purchased admission as or on behalf of a participant in the Tournament. The price and benefits of that participation are set forth on the registration page.

Full payment is due upon completion of registration and must be received to reserve your admission to the Tournament. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

Please note that local and state governments, as well as venue(s), may have various health and safety protocols and/or requirements (“protocols”) that attendees must follow. Failing to follow such protocols does not entitle you to a refund. You are responsible for understanding all such protocols. The Craftsbury Chess Club has no part in creating these protocols.

Your agree that your registration is non-refundable, excepting a complete cancellation of the tournament. You further agree that this order is non-transferable and shall not be resold.

Terms of this Agreement:

1. Location of Tournament: This Tournament is scheduled to take place at the time and place stated on the registration page. In the event Craftsbury Chess Club determines, in its discretion, the need to relocate the Tournament for any reason, it will make reasonable efforts to notify you prior to the start of the Tournament. In the event of a cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances, all registrations will be automatically refunded. You understand that you are responsible for all costs incurred to attend the Tournament.

2. Duration of Tournament: The Tournament is scheduled to begin and end according to the published schedule. These dates are subject to change with reasonable notice. You are responsible for ensuring your ability to attend these days. You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the Tournament.

3. Limitation on Liability: In no event shall the Craftsbury Chess Club, or its affiliates, be liable for any damages or legal liability resulting from Attendee or player’s attendance of the Tournament.

4. Severability: In the event any portion of this Agreement is deemed unenforceable, the Court should strike the unenforceable portion of the Agreement and enforce the remainder of the Agreement.

5. Merger Clause: These terms, in combination and inclusive of the “Photo Release Acknowledgment and Consent” and “Acknowledgement and Consent for Publication of Results” represent the final terms and conditions governing registration for the Tournament, and no alleged prior agreements or understandings shall be of any force or effect.

6. Venue and Governing Law: Venue for any dispute shall be in Orleans County, Vermont. The laws of the state of Vermont shall apply.

7. Tournament Attendance Liability Waiver: By attending and/or participating in Tournament and Tournament related activities, you hereby agree that neither Craftsbury Chess Club, nor any of its managers, employees, volunteers, affiliates or agents, is responsible for any injury or loss you may sustain, regardless of its cause, including that of ordinary negligence on behalf of Craftsbury Chess Club, its managers, volunteers, employees, or agents.

8. Consent to Reasonable Modifications: In order to effectuate this Agreement and hold the Tournament as intended, Craftsbury Chess Club may be required to make certain changes that are consistent with that purpose. Attendee hereby consents to such minor modifications, beyond those expressly permitted by this Agreement.

By proceeding with your registration you agree to these terms and conditions, and the entirety of this Agreement.