OSCO Selection Criteria for the Denker, Barber and National Girls Invitational Tournament Representatives
Oklahoma’s representatives to the Denker National High School Tournament, the National K-8 Barber Tournament and the National Girls Invitational Tournament are determined using a point system developed by the Oklahoma Scholastic Chess Organization (OSCO).
Each premier player designated as the primary nominee must meet the following criteria in order to be selected:
1. The player must have the highest total number of points which are the sum of their two best OSCO regular season tournaments (except the State Grade Championship) plus their final score at the state championship tournament.
2. The player must meet all qualifications specified under the National rules for each tournament.
If the Oklahoma USCF State Chapter primary nominee declines the opportunity, then the next player with the highest score becomes the primary nominee.
In the event of a point tie of eligible players, the nominee will be determined by a blitz playoff at the Oklahoma State Scholastic Championships at the end of the season. The Tournament Director’s decision(s) are final.
Points are earned by the scholastic chess player through participation in OSCO regular season approved tournaments. The 2016-2017 OSCO regular season approved tournaments whose points will be used to determine the representatives are:
Carl Albert K-12 Open / September, 2017
Cherokee Nation K-12 Open / October, 2017
No December 2017 Tournament
Ida Freeman K-12 Winter Open / January, 2018
Cheyenne K-12 Open / February, 2018
Oklahoma State Scholastic Championship / March, 2018
Players may count their points scored in their top two OSCO approved tournaments listed above. The total of their top two approved tournaments are doubled.
Participation in the State Championship is mandatory.
If a player does not compete at the Oklahoma State Scholastic Championships they will not be eligible to represent Oklahoma at the Denker, Barber or National Girls Invitational tournaments.
The State Championship’s points are quadrupled.
After calculating the sum total of the double points of the top two OSCO approved tournaments plus the quadrupled points from the Oklahoma State Scholastic Tournament, the player with the most total points will be the representative at the respective National Event.
In the event of a point tie of eligible players, the nominee will be determined by a blitz playoff at the Oklahoma State Scholastic Championships at the end of the season. The perimeters of the blitz playoff will be determined by the Tournament Director of the Oklahoma State Scholastic Chess Championship.
Players in contention for the Oklahoma nominee to the National Events must play in the premier section of approved OSCO tournaments to earn points. The only exception is the State Championship since premier play is not available in all sections at this event.