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Tournaments and training

CYCL Quads

Students are ready to compete in Quad tournaments if they understand checkmate and stalemate, know the rules for castling and pawn promotion, and can find basic checkmates. Quads are low-key events with the option of playing in the morning (9-12) session or the afternoon (1:30-4:30) session. Four players of the same level in a group. Trophy to 1st, medal to 2nd, token prizes to 3rd & 4th.

Cost is $20 for each Quad tournament (pay at door). 

CYCL Training

With training sessions you have the option of either the AM (9-11:30) or PM (1:30-4). Activities will include one-on-one training, practice notation games, game review, worksheets, and passport testing. Don’t miss out on this fun and great opportunity to be better prepared for the next tournament.

Cost is $20 for each Training session (pay at door).


CYCL Rated

The United States Chess Federation (USCF) rated events, hosted by CYCL, are for players who have played in at least two CYCL Quad events with reasonable success. Tournament rules are strictly enforced.

Other Locally Rated. CYCL families can choose to participate in USCF-rated events throughout Southern California. You can find events every weekend, but the closer venues are the ACA Chess ClubLA Chess Club and the AAA Chess Club.

Travel and National Rated

A few times each year, CYCL students will descend en masse on an event such as the State Championship or even a National event. Coach Jay will usually coordinate registrations for these events.


Champion’s Cup

The Southern California Champions Challenge Cup (aka Champions Cup) is a school team match that features the top 8 players (plus 2 alternates) from the top 6 elementary (K-6) teams in Southern California in a Round-Robin event. All teams play all others. Olympiad scoring (game points, not match points) is used which means that every game is critical.

The event is supposed to occur every semester, but scheduling issues sometimes delay it. Currently, West Creek Academy — a CYCL Team — holds the Champions Cup.