Understanding Chess Ratings:
If your child is playing in their First Rated Chess Tournament they are an UNRATED player.
If your child is in 1st - 4th grade ..... They may play in the "Beginners Section Unrated - 350"
If your child is in 5th - 12th grade ......They will play in our "Beginners/Intermediate Section Unrated - 600"
After the tournament, we have 72 hours to pay and submit the tournament to US Chess. US Chess has 2-6 days to rated the tournament.
Most students will get their first rating or and updated rating about a week after the event. Parents can go to www.uschess.org and look up their child's membership to see their new rating which they will use for the next tournament.
As parents you can always choose to have your child play in a harder section meaning they can "Play Up" a section.