For the most part, every tournament run by the Torres Chess and Music Academy is rated by the United States Chess Federation. The TCAMA believes that rated tournaments are beneficial for youth chess players because they:
1) Use an official set of rules so that our competition will be fair.
2) The official nature of the chess tournament encourages your child to play a “more serious” chess game.
3) Ratings allow us to break children up into skill level sections.
4) Rated play means that your child must learn to stand on their own and receive no outside assistance.
5) All the major chess events worldwide are rated.
6) Rated play can serve as a reward for hours of chess practice.
7) A rated tournament encourages children to prepare more and thus improve their chess.
All Torres Chess and Music Academy rated tournaments are non-elimination events. In addition, we always provide coaching for free to all the children in attendance. Every child who attends one of our rated tournaments will receive an award(trophy, medal, ribbon etc.)
For more on youth chess ratings please read: How Important are Chess Ratings for Children?