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1st Canton Library Free Chess Tournament

May 21, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

The Canton Library Free Chess Tournament is a free scholastic chess tournament for children in grades K-12. Trophies will be awarded to the top players in each section. NOTE: We are limited in space for this event. It is necessary for each player to pre-register online in order to participate. USCF membership required for players in rated sections. NOTE: If playing in a rated section, USCF membership must be current by May 19, 2023.

Canton Public Library
786 Washington Street
Canton, MA 02021

FORMAT: 4SS, G/25 d5

SECTIONS: Two USCF-rated sections and two unrated sections*

  • Open Section – RATED**
  • Under 700 – RATED**
  • Unrated – UNRATED
  • Novice – UNRATED

* If you have any questions about which section is right for your child, please email Eduardo at

** USCF membership required. For more information about USCF membership, go to NOTE: USCF membership must be purchased or renewed by May 19, 2023, if you plan on playing in a rated section.

PRIZES: Trophies will be awarded to the top three players in each section.

Sections may be combined or split at the discretion of the tournament director.  This is a 4-round tournament, but a small section may have to play 3.  Full-point byes may apply in sections with an odd number of players, and ½ point byes are available in any round pending early notification to the tournament director.  Please bring a chess clock if you own one.

Everyone plays all 4 rounds unless given a bye.

½-point bye available in any round, but must notify organizer in advance. Please bring a chess clock if you have one.

REGISTRATION: This tournament is sponsored by the Southeast New England Chess Association and the Canton Public Library.  This is a scholastic event for children up to grade 12.  Since there is limited space, you must register online prior to the event.  There is no guarantee of participation unless you successfully preregister.  Online registration closes on May 19, 2023, or when we hit capacity for the venue.

THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS TOURNAMENT.  We do require that you register ahead of time.  Onsite check-in for those who registered online is from 9:30 AM to 9:45 AM. Those who do not check in by 9:45 AM may be withdrawn from the tournament.  Round 1 starts at 10:00 AM. Others on completion of each round.  Novice and Unrated sections may finish in the early afternoon around 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Open and U700 sections should end around 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION contact Bob Salvas from the Southeast New England Chess Association at (401) 359-1602 or email:


May 21, 2023
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Canton Public Library
786 Washington Street
Canton, MA 02021 United States
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