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2023 Michigan High School & Junior High Team Championships
25 Feb
Sat, Feb 25 - Sat, Feb 25
9:00am - 8:00pm
Oakland Center
312 Meadow Brook Rd,
Rochester, MI, 48309, United States



Directions to the Oakland Center
The Oakland Center is located in the heart of Oakland University’s main campus.
Oakland University is located in southeastern Michigan between Flint and Detroit. The 1,441-acre campus actually extends into two cities — Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, between Adams Road and Squirrel Road, just south of Walton Boulevard. Take I-75 to exit 79 and go east on University Drive to the main entrance of campus. Or, take M-59 to the Squirrel Road exit and go north to the main entrance of campus at the corner of University Drive.

From OU’s Main Entrance
To get to the Oakland Center from the main entrance of campus, drive around the circle drive past the first entrance to Meadow Brook Road until you get to the second entrance to Meadow Brook Road and turn right. The Oakland Center is located on the right side of the road between North and South Foun-dation Halls. The best place to park is in Parking Lot 1 or 2.


High School: 4-SS, 2 Sections - High School Championship: HS Teams (Gr 9-12), High School Reserve: HS Teams (Gr 9-12) U1000 Avg Team Rating
Junior High (No HS 9th Grade Teams per MCA Rules): 5-SS, 2 Sections - Junior High Championship: K-9, Junior High Reserve: K-9 U600 Avg Team Rating

Average Team Rating Calculator:

Michigan Chess Association and USCF Memberships Required for ALL Players

Time Control:

High School: G/55;d5
Junior High: G/40;d5


High School: 9:30am - 12:30pm - 3pm – 5:30pm
Junior High: 9am – 11am – 1pm - 3pm - 5pm

Entry Fee:

$16 Advance by 2/18/2023 at Midnight
$21 Advance by 2/20/2023 at Midnight
$40 Advance by 2/23/2023 at 8pm
All mailed entries must be postmarked by 2/17/2023
Online registration: (Preferred Method)
If an invoice is needed for school payment, please contact the TD by 2/13/2023 to allow time for processing.


Online registration:
Mailed registration: Michigan Chess Association, P.O. Box 40, Flint, MI 48501
Players are registered individually. When registering online, register players by school (not by team). Coaches will submit Team Rosters and Board Order by Thursday before event (earlier preferred). Rosters will be sent out by e-mail in Advance. Coaches should confirm Rosters in Advance. Please report corrections as soon as possible.


High School Sections: Individual Medals: Gold 4.0 pts, Silver 3.5 pts, Bronze 3.0 pts
High School Championship Team Awards: Top 10
High School Reserve Team Awards: Top 6

Junior High Sections: Individual Medals: Gold 5.0 pts, Silver 4.0-4.5 pts, Bronze 3.5 pts
Junior High Championship Team Awards: Top 10 teams + all at 3.5
Junior High Reserve Team Awards: Top 7 teams


Jeff Aldrich


COVID-19: MCA is currently not requiring masks for our events. For the latest info, visit our website:

- Each team is composed of 3-5 players. A standard team consists of 4 players. A team may compete with 3 players, possibly forfeiting on board 4. Teams of 5 players is also permitted where any 4 of the 5 players can play each round while keeping consistent board order.
- The players on a team must be part of the same educational system (“school’) as defined by USCF Scholastic Regulations Sections 13.2, 13.3, or 13.4.
- Multiple teams from the same school may be submitted to any section or event.
- There is no requirement that the teams be sponsored by the school. A group of friends that meet the team eligibility requirements can register and compete.
- Individual players should not register for the event. Contact MCA for assistance forming a team.
- For teams that cannot participate due to last minute withdrawals, the players may still participate in the extra rated games.

Section Eligibility: MCA Standing Rule 82-01: Ninth grade students playing in an MCA scholastic team tournament must play in the event for the type of school they attend. Examples: (Adopted 01/13/82)
1. If a high school includes grades 9 12, then those ninth graders would play in the High School Tournament.
2. If a junior high school has grades 7 9, then those ninth graders would play in the Junior High School Tournament.

Board Order: MCA Standing Rule 84-03: Regarding board order in team tournaments: Rated players should generally be placed in rating order; unrated players may be placed anywhere. This should be done with fairness in mind: The strongest player on each team should play on first board, no matter whether he has a relatively high or low rating or is unrated. The tournament director may, at his discretion, change submitted player placements, after considering evidence from various sources (non-USCF ratings, other coaches, etc.). (Adopted 06/21/84).

Match Games: Individual games are between the players only without the assistance of parents, coaches, and teammates. All questions or concerns, including current match score, should be directed to the TD.

Extra Rated Games: Each round, Fourth boards without an opponent and alternates are paired randomly so they can play rated games. These games are optional and players are not guaranteed a game. Points scored in these matches DO NOT count for individual medals.

Equipment: Boards and Pieces are provided for tournament games. Bring your own set for skittles between rounds.

Bring Clocks: Games may start without clocks, but games running long will have a clock placed on them with very little time.

Notation: Please bring writing utensils, none provided. All players must record the moves of their game until one player has less than 5 minutes remaining on the clock. Young players in the K-3 section must make an attempt at notation such as check marks or writing the letter for the piece moved.

Cell Phones: No Players may have a cell phone (including smart watches) in their possession during their game.

Spectators: Parents and Coaches will be separated from the playing area once games begin.

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