Illinois Scholastic Chess
Presented by the Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation
a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates the desire in children to succeed in school & life
EF = Entry Fee.
In most events, you
don't have to win the tournament to win a prize -- you can win a class
prize as a top scorer of your rating group, or a section prize in a
section restricted to your rating group. The ratings groups are:
2400+up Senior Master 1000-1199 Class E
2200-2399 Master 800- 999 Class F
2000-2199 Expert 600- 799 Class G
1800-1999 Class A 400- 599 Class H
1600-1799 Class B 200- 399 Class I
1400-1599 Class C 100- 199 Class J
1200-1399 Class D
Some tournaments use different groups such as 1900-2099, and some have "under" prizes or sections that are limited to players below a certain rating.
K-3 (Primary) = Kindergarten through 3rd grade
K-5 (Elementary) = Kindergarten through 5th grade
K-8 (Junior High) = Kindergarten through 8th grade
K-12 (High School) = Kindergarten through 3rd grade
4-5 (Elementary) = Grades 4-5
6-8 (Junior High) = Grades 6-8
9-12 (High School) = Grades 9-12
Some tournaments use different groups such as K-5, and some will let players play up in a higher grade section.