Weekend Science

Weekend Science 2018-01-26T20:04:44+00:00


Join us every Saturday for non-stop Science and Math fun!!!

Starting January 6th

Suggested Ages 8 and up

12:30-2:30 Chess Club, Science Building 307

Every Saturday except March 31 & April 21 due to Science Festivals scheduled on those days


Club Tournament Rules

Tournaments are open to club attendees and to outside players, rules are provided at request. Failure to read and understand the rules is not an excuse for breaking the rules. Please note that while there is no entry fee, donations are more than welcome. Any donations will be strictly used to purchase new chess equipment, for aiding in travel expenses to attend outside tournaments, or the purchase of awards for future in-house tournaments.

Age limits

While the club respects that some may consider older players to be stronger, for in house chess club tournaments this is not considered. The age ranges for inner club tournaments will be thus: no players over the age of 15 will be placed in with younger players. If needed, a tournament may be held for players over the age of 15. We want to promote older players, thus the rule can be opened to older players if the Tournament Director deems that the player is a “new player,” and/or if the player accepts several adjustments. An example would be 3minutes/2minutes (for tie games) and the older player is only playing for fun and can receive no awards. This rule has to be determined on a case-by-case basis and only by the Tournament Director.

All standard rules for the game apply. These are the highlights:

  • Properly move all of the chess pieces.
  • Understand pawn promotion.
  • Understand rules for “advanced” moves: Castling and en passant capture
  • Understand Check and the ways to get out of check (move, block, capture).
  • Understand Checkmate.
  • Understand the “touch-move” rule.
  • Understand 50 moves draw rule
  • Understand 3 fold repetition rule.
  • No outside assistance during games is allowed.


  • If there are an odd number of players for a round, one player will receive a full-point bye.
  • Swiss style determines the strongest players and the eventual winner as fast and as fair as possible.
  • A player should not play against the same opponent more than once in a tournament.
  • Players with equal scores should be paired against each other if possible.
  • In the first-round a color is assigned to the odd-numbered players in the upper half by lot and the opposite color is given to all the even-numbered players in the upper half.
  • As many players as possible are given their color due [alternating colors] in each succeeding round.
  • Players receive each color the same number of times, whenever practical, and are not assigned the same color more than twice in a row. The equalization of color takes priority over alteration of colors.
  • If both players have had the same color sequence, the higher-ranked player gets color due.
  • Unplayed games, including byes and forfeits, do not count for color.
  • A full-point bye must not be given more than once, nor should one be awarded to a player who has won an unplayed game.


Game times

  • 15 minutes
  • The second round will not start until all games in round one are finished.
  • Chess clocks will be used in each game.
  • If a player runs out of time, then the game is over.
  • If a player is determined to be making moves that do not result in a winning strategy, the opposing player can call for a judge and request a ruling in their favor.

Tie-breaking game times

  • 10 minutes
  • If a player runs out of time, then the game is over.
  • If a player is determined to be making moves that do not result in a winning strategy, the opposing player can call for a judge and request a ruling in their favor.

Chess Etiquette

  • Every game must begin and end with the players shaking hands.
  • Between the two handshakes, no talking is permitted. “Check” need not be said. Players are responsible for noticing where all of the pieces on the board are located and what threats are pending.
  • Never do anything to distract any other player in the tournament, especially your opponent.
  • Always use the “touch move” rule.
  • If an illegal move is made, the tournament judge should be summoned. In a tournament using time control, the other player receives an extra two minutes when one player makes an illegal move. Game clocks should be paused, the judge will restart the clock.
  • Never gloat over a victory or become despondent or hostile following a defeat. It is always best to analyze the game with your opponent after the game ends, and in a different room from where you played. Leave the playing room quietly when you finish so as not to distract the other people who are still playing.
  • Never comment on a game that is in progress, whether the game is yours or one that you are just watching.
  • The tournament director has the authority to punish breaches of etiquette, and may add or subtract time as a sanction. In extreme cases, players may be forfeited for violating the rules and spectators may be banned from future tournaments.

Saturday Science will resume after Mr. Joe’s back mends more

First Lego League Competition Team (Fall Only)


For more information, please contact us at WVScienceAdventures@gmail.com or call Mr. Joe at 304-412-2757.