International Schools Online Chess League


Autumn Season
6:00 – 8:00 PM 30th October
6:00 – 8:00 PM 27th November

Spring Season
6:00 – 8:00 PM 26th March
6:00 – 8:00 PM 30th April
6:00 – 8:00 PM 28th May

Last Fridays of each month, after school time (2 hours), 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Tournaments details and regulations

All the tournaments will be held online via the platform ChessKid.com on the dates and at the times listed above in the schedule section. Each tournament will last for roughly 2 hours.

Games will be played according to the FIDE Rules of Chess and the Swiss System pairings, with all the participants playing in the same group. There will be 5 rounds of games, every player will play 5 games regardless of the result of each game.

The time control for each game is 10 minutes for all the moves, with 5 seconds increment per move for each of the two players. One round will last a maximum of around 30 minutes. The next round starts immediately after the last game of the round is finished.

Each tournament is an individual competition with team standings based on the individual performance of each player on the team. Points scored by 4 players of each team are added up to a total team score.

In the event that two or more teams finish in a tournament with the same score, tie break scores will determine the final standings. A player’s tiebreak score is calculated by adding the sum of the points of players they have defeated to half the sum of the player’s points they have drawn against.

The organizer reserves the right to adjust the tournaments’ format based on the actual number of teams participating.

Each team will be formed from the top 4 players in the final standings of each tournament. Players must be currently enrolled students in 2020/21 academic year.

Schools are encouraged to nominate a captain for their team(s) to facilitate participation and timely communication. The captain should be an adult delegate from the school or a parent of one of the students who is also the school’s contact person for ISOCL. One captain can be shared by all the teams within the same school.

There is no requirement for minimum number of girls or boys on the team, but it’s recommended to make teams as balanced as possible.

Fair Play

SCA takes fair play in competition seriously and we actively monitor tournament games for any signs of unfair advantage – or cheating. SCA Chess Academy would like to inform all previous and future players who attend our online tournaments that all played games during the online tournaments are being monitored both by ChessKid and SCA Chess Academy. If any suspicious game is spotted that player’s account will be closed immediately and he or she will be banned from our online tournaments. Let’s play fair games and show good sportsmanship to each other!

International Schools Online Chess League (ISOCL)

About ISOCL:

Chess is the world’s number one thinking sport, played by millions of people every day. Although the exact origins of the game are still something of mystery, what is known is that playing chess helps youngsters and adults alike to maintain healthy cognitive functioning. The increase of attention, focus and concentration, not to mention improved memory, creative thinking and visualization capabilities that playing chess develops is widely recognised for improving academic results, yet the benefits of chess run even deeper. Playing and studying chess develops numerous positive character traits which benefit young learners throughout their lives, including perseverance, sportsmanship, good manners, respect, team spirit, and learning to embrace their failures as the route to future successes.

Structured learning and competitive playing opportunities are needed to realize the maximum potential benefits. Kids must be able to practice what they learn. To realize that aim, SCA has organized 14 competitive chess tournaments in Shanghai since 2015. Now, however, considering the limitations on holding face-to-face competition due to covid-19, we’re pleased to announce the inaugural 2020-2021 international schools online league, and we welcome teams from all international schools worldwide to participate and compete.