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The 2020 AIHEC Student Conference, which had been scheduled for Albuquerque, NM on March 21-24, 2020, will not take place out of an abundance of caution and concern for Tribal College students and their families, TCU faculty and staff, the residents of New Mexico, and most important, our Tribal elders upon whom we depend.
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PLEASE NOTE: Competition Registration has been extended to March 13, 2020


Coordinator: Aaron Huber


Competition Objectives

  • Showcase talent and skills.
  • Strengthen existing chess programs at TCUs and stimulate new interest in the game.


Competition Rules

  1. The AIHEC Chess Competition adheres to the standard rules of chess.
  2. There will be placement awards for individuals.
  3. The top four (4) individual scorers for each TCU will be summed and the team with the most chess points will also be awarded placement awards.
  4. For team placement each individual win is worth one (1) point, each individual loss is worth zero (0) points, and each individual draw or stalemate is worth half (0.5) a point.
  5. There will be six (6) rounds
  6. All six rounds are Game in Thirty (30) Minutes with a ten (10) second add-on or delay.


Competition Guidelines and Procedures

  • The Chess coordinator is chosen by the host committee. The Chess coordinator will reserve an appropriately-sized location. The coordinator can reserve a classroom-sized room.
  • The Chess coordinator will provide periodic updates to the host committee concerning registration numbers and the cost of the Chess supplies and buzzer technology.
  • The Chess coordinator may use the proven rules from above and make adjustments as the need arises to adapt to the specific host location, participant-entry size, budget limitations, etc.
  • The Chess coordinator needs to recruit ~ two (2) to three (3) people (faculty, staff, or students) to assist with onsite scheduling, monitoring, and registration.
  • Suggested Checklist of Materials to bring to the conference: master spreadsheet of the registered students, six chess boards, and six sets of chess pieces.
  • Have a firm registration deadline. Postmarked, faxed, emailed, etc. at least seven (7) days before the start of the conference. No exceptions.
  • Enter registered students into a master spreadsheet by college/team to ease the checking in process at the conference.
  • The coordinator arrives at the conference at least one (1) day before the competition to setup the room reserved for the Chess with at least six (6) tables for chess boards and two (2) chairs for each table.
  • The coordinator may also be a monitor for the competition.
  • Once the conference begins, the students are responsible for their own scheduling of other conference competitions.
  • The Chess coordinator is responsible for reporting the winning team to the awards’ banquet coordinator.