Your Questions About Tournament

John asks…

Where can I get the exam to become a local tournament director, for the uschess federation?

I have been a uscf club tournament director for 3 years now. I want to upgrade my tournament directing status. Thanks so much.

admin answers:

You can get the exam to become a local tournament director
by contacting the USCF office at 931-787-1234, ext. 144.
They typically e-mail the exam to you.


In order to run chess tournaments that can be rated by USCF,
you first register as an official tournament director (TD).

The first level of tournament director is known as a Club Director.
It is easy to become a Club Director:

  1. You must be a USCF member in good standing.
  2. Complete an application stating that you have read
    the Official Rules of Chess – Current Edition.
    To purchase a copy, call 1-800-388-KING (388-5464).

USCF Tournament Director Application:
Club_TD_Application.pdf (application/pdf Object)

Once USCF processes the application form,
you will become an official Club Director, and then
you may run USCF-Rated Tournaments of up to 50 players.

USCF recognizes other advanced tournament director levels.
For more information, you can contact
the USCF office at 931-787-1234, ext. 144.

Contact USCF If You Have Any Questions on Running a Rated Tournament!
  You can call or write to:
    U.S. Chess Federation
    P.O. Box 3967
    Crossville, TN 38557
  Work Phone: 931-787-1234
  Fax Number: 931-787-1200

Mark asks…

How to get the most out of attending a tennis tournament as a fan?

I’ve never been to a live tournament before but I’m planning on traveling to Toronto for the Rogers Cup at the end of July. What are your suggestions for choice of days and matches (I’ll have a window of two or three days), seat selection (I’d rather spend more on tickets and save on everything else), attending practice sessions, must sees and must dos while I’m on the grounds, any other insider tips?

admin answers:

Alright, i’ve been a ballkid for 7 years, been to indian wells, acura classic, WTA year end championships, Davis Cup matches, US Open, TD Waterhouse cup… I’ve been to my share of tournaments
the best way to do it is to go on the side courts and watch them practice, and on the smaller stadiums.
I don’t know what the layout is at the Roger’s cup, but it is much cheaper to buy tickets to get in and then go to the smaller courts to watch matches. The better matches are on the side courts but the fan favorites are on stadium court, which are usually fast and one sided matches, cause they play the higher seeds
you NEED to check out the practice courts, yet again idk the layout at the tournament ur going to but ALL the players hit here and its the best chance for pictures and autographs and just watching
have fun

James asks…

How do you select the blind levels in a home tournament?

I’m considering playing tournament style at our next home game, but I’m wondering how to choose the blind levels. We usually start with 1000 in chips and there are usually 4-8 of us. What do you think are good blind levels and how often should they go up?

admin answers:

It really depends on how quickly or slowly you want the tournament to go. If you want to play a couple of tournaments in one night, you should choose a faster blind structure, maybe one that increases every 2 orbits. I’ve found that raising the blinds based on orbits rather than strict time limits or when a player goes bust is the best way to give play early and speed up the game late so that you can play again.

Mary asks…

What are some ways to get focused and pumped before a golf tournament?

I’m playing my first golf tournament Monday and want to know some ways to get focused and pumped up before I tee off. Any superstitions you have before tee time? Or how do you prepare? Thanks.

admin answers:

Becky you’ve got some pretty good advice here and all I’d like to add is that the only difference between a casual round and a tournament round is your score counts. Get to the course early and warm up by hitting balls on the range and finish by hitting some putts on the putting green. You will probably be a bit nervous and that’s only natural but you’ll soon see that the nervousness will be a good thing if you focus on the task at hand and try to hit one good shot after another. The nervousness will cause you to do a little more concentrating. When the nervousness wears off don’t forget to concentrate on each shot and when you add it up at the end of your round I’m sure you’ll have had a great day. Go gettem!

Chris asks…

What is the best way to mentally ready yourself for a golf tournament?

I’m 13 and about to play my first golf tournament in a little over a month. Just wondering what is the best way to stay mentally awake. I don’t usually get nervous so in case I do what is the best way to calm down. Are there any type of physical or mental ways to get over any frights before or during a golf tournament?

admin answers:

Two great quotes from Harry Vardon, arguably the greatest tournament player ever:

„To play well you must feel tranquil and at peace. I have never been troubled by nerves in golf because I felt I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.“

“There are only two types of player—those who keep their nerves under control and win championships, and those who do not.”
-Harry Vardon

My son began playing tournament golf 5 years ago and is now a +1 handicap and is a student at the PGCC in Hilton Head, SC. His biggest issue in his first years was what I refer to as the „Chatty Cathy“ syndrome or what we adults usually term corporate golf.

Trust me, I know it’s hard at 13 to ignore the other young golfers you’re playing with. My son actually learned through watching another player that competed in the same tournaments. The young fellow named Brian, was one of the friendliest and likeable kids I ever met in junior tours. He was polite and courteous at all times, however, when he teed up, he locked everyone and everything else out. He didn’t allow casual conversation to distract him and he ignored the other players results. He focused on HIS game only. This is a great way to eliminate distractions. By doing this he was able to focus on each shot completely. After the round, he was his usually friendly self, laughing and joking with everyone and usually smiling about a win or top 5 finish!

This doesn’t mean you have to be rude. If someone says „nice shot“, be polite and thank them, but you don’t need to converse past small niceties, it’s time to focus on the next shot.

Best of luck to you!

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