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New to Chess

The Q & A below is for players new to chess tournaments:

What are the requirements for playing in a LICC tournament?

The only requirement is membership in the US Chess Federation (USCF) since we are an affiliate of that organization and our events are rated as such. You can join at

Is LICC membership also required?

No. While USCF membership is a must, our yearly club membership is optional. Club membership entitles you to a discounted entry fee for our events and is recommended if you plan on playing at the club regularly. In that case, the math is such that you will get your membership fee back with interest.

Do I need to buy my own chess equipment?

As with most clubs, we do not provide any chess equipment (boards, pieces, clocks, pen/pencil) except scoresheets. However, if you're new to tournaments, it is suggested that you use your opponent's equipment until you've made the decision to commit regularly.

How do I get a rating?

By playing in any of our tournaments (or any USCF rated event) you will earn a USCF rating. Don't be confused by large swings in your rating at first; that's normal as it calibrates.

If I lose a game, am I eliminated from the tournament?

No. You will have a game for every round regardless of your results.

What if I need to miss a round and I can't commit to every game?

Not a problem. You would take what's called a "bye," which is chess-speak for having to miss a round. In that case, you're given a 1/2 point so you're not punished too severely for not being able to play. Most events have a maximum number of byes allowed. MAKE SURE YOU INFORM THE DIRECTOR IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT!

What if I forget and I'm a "no show?"

Per LICC and USCF rules, you would be fined $10 with stiffer penalties for repeat offences. Failure to appear without informing the director is unsportsmanlike, deprives a player of a game, and wreaks havoc on the tournament's integrity.

For more info about the LICC, see the links above, or e-mail [email protected] We hope to see you at the club!