Welcome to the 6th Edition of the Magnus High School and Junior High Chess League!


Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 9, 2018;

  Jan. 27, Mar. 3, May 5, 2019


Updated April 15, 2019

Our Magnus League time control:  Game/60 + 10-second delay (please bring a delay clock if you have one).  

    We resume our popular format from last year for the Magnus League:

    1. We our open to players in Grades 7-12 (who are also born after 5/5/1999).    

    2. Players can play as individuals as well as part of a school team. 
        We have both individual and team prizes!

    3. We also have Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes!


    5. We have two rounds each date-- twelve games total-- at 10:00 am and about 12:45 pm (or even 1:00 pm).

    6. We now have three separate sections:  1. Premier (for players rated 1800 and above and special invitees);  2. Under 1800 and  3. Under 1200.
    7.  The USCF Official Rating List in effect for the month during which a match takes place will govern the parings and section eligibility for that match date.  For players whose ratings exceed the rating ceiling of the section in which they played in previous Magnus League matches, their final score for the season will  be based on the match games from the section in which they played the most match games.  If they have played the same number of games in multiple sections, their final score will be based on the section having their most recent match games.  If a player is required to move up to a higher section because his/her rating now exceeds the rating ceiling of the section in which he/she played previously, the Director may assign that player half-point byes for rounds in that section for which that the player's rating makes him/her ineligible.  The Director's decision will be final in determining which games to count in cases of players with games in more than one section.


    8.  Entries may be limited to 60 players on each date!
    Players can register on the Magnus Chess League website  until 6:00 pm of the Saturday before the next match date, at  www.magnusleague.org

    The entry fee is $400 for a team of four players from the same school, for all six Magnus match dates (twelve games total).  A school can have the same four players or four different players on each match date.  There is a limit of two teams per school.

     Individuals can enter without a team for $20 for each date (2 rounds each date).

     The entries may be paid on site by cash or check (or a purchase order from the school), payable to:  Chess Center of New York, P.O. Box 4615, New Windsor, NY  12553.

        You can check out the Tournament Life Announcement on the USCF website, under New York State (which is shown below):

Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 9, Jan. 27, Mar. 3, May 5
  6th Annual Magnus High School and Junior High Chess League!

Columbia Grammar and Prep. High School Cafeteria, 36 W. 93rd St. (bet. Central Park West & Columbus Ave., near 96th St. subways), NYC. 12-SS, G/60 d10, open to grades 7-12 born after 5/5/99. 3 sections: 1. Premier (over 1799 and special invitees), 2. Under 1800, 3. Under 1200. Plaques to top 3 each section. May be limited to 60 players each date. Individual free entry prizes: free entry to 2 specified Continental Chess tmts. thru 12/31/19 to 1st each section. Team prizes: free entry to 1 CCA tmt. thru 12/31/19 to the 4-top-scoring players from same school across all 3 sections, plaques to top 3 overall team scores, limit 2 teams per school. Mixed Doubles (2-player male/female team, avg. rating U2200, may be in different sections and from different schools, must sign-up by 1/27) Bonus Prize: free entry to 1 CCA tmt. thru 12/31/19 to 1st Mixed Doubles team, chess sets to top 3 overall Mixed Doubles. Free entries courtesy of Continental Chess and are valid for CCA tmts. with 100% guaranteed prizes; see www.magnusleague.org, www.chesscenter.cc or www.chesstour.com for details and restrictions. Rds.: 10 am-12:45 pm (earlier if feasible) each date. Ent: www.magnusleague.org. All: Each date’s games submitted for rating prior to next date’s games. Players must re-confirm before each date; official USCF rating list in effect on each date used for that date (unofficial ratings usually used if otherwise unrated or if requesting to play in Premier). Unr. may enter section 2 or 3 (or Premier by TD permission). Limit 6 byes (2 byes max. rds. 9-12), commit by Jan. 27 (by May 3 for players with minus scores). Teammate pairings avoided but possible. Ties for free entries decided by tiebreak except playoff May 5 between top 2 on tiebreak (may be fast game). See www.magnusleague.org for rules and special situations. Special Bonus Points and/or prizes may be awarded each date! Bring clocks! Info: director@magnusleague.org, chesscentr@gmail.com, online entry thru 6 pm the day before each date at: www.magnusleague.org. Reg. on-site by 9:30 am. School purchase orders: Chess Center of NY, PO Box 4615, New Windsor, NY 12553. W.