Acuity Chess Tournament

The 8th Annual Acuity Invitational was held on March 9, 2019.

In partnership with the  Sheboygan Recreation Department.


Acuity Invitational

The Acuity Invitational is an annual chess tournament open to students K-12.

Acuity Invitational

The Acuity Invitational is open to students in grades K-12 in the following counties: Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Ozaukee, Washington, Fond du Lac, and Calumet.



Registration information

  • Register online today.
  • Registration is limited to 350 students.
  • 2019 registration is open until end of day March 6, 2019.


Tournament details

  • Pairings are set for the first round by division and ranking.
  • Chess tournament software (WinTD) is used to create pairings.
  • The program tries to identify players with equal points to play each other.
  • As the tournament goes on, the rankings mean less and the results mean more.
  • Only on rare occasions should pairings include two players from the same school.


Day of schedule and details

  • Check-in is from 7:30-8:30 a.m. NOTE: Students arriving after 8:30 a.m. will not play in round one.
  • Matches start at 9:00 a.m.
  • A more detailed timeline will be available the day of the event. The awards ceremony will end the day around 4:00 p.m.
  • The Acuity Marketplace will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m for the purchase of coffee shop drinks and snacks.
  • Free pizza will be provided to everyone for lunch, and light snacks will be available at no cost throughout the day.


T-shirt competition

  • We’re always on the lookout for creative T-shirt ideas.
  • Send your creative drawing to by December 1 to be considered for next year’s competition.


Know before you go

  • At least one teacher or parent is required to supervise each team.
  • Guests are welcome in the waiting areas, but are not allowed to view the matches in progress.
  • Wi-Fi will be available. Speed not guaranteed due to quantity of attendees who may use it.
  • To stay busy during downtime, toys (like LEGOs) and activities (like books and electronic devices) are encouraged. Toys that can be destructive ( like balls) are not allowed. You will be asked to remove them from the premises.
  • Acuity employees and volunteers will be available for questions. They will have name tags and/or Acuity lanyards.


Registration and attendance at this event constitutes implied consent to be photographed and video recorded and to have those images, video, and recordings published by Acuity in any manner for corporate and commercial purposes.

The results are in!

Check out the team and player results from the 2019 tournament.

Check out the lifetime scores!


Have Questions? We have answers.

After the players have registered, the matches need to be created. If players do not show, matches need to be rerun. Checking in by 8:30 a.m. will allow time to rerun the matches before the 9:00 a.m. start.

Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company, 2800 South Taylor Drive, Sheboygan, WI 53081

Enter through the south Acuity entrance, which is located at the intersection of Taylor Drive and Crocker Aveue.  Take a right at the Y in the road toward the parking structure.  Park in the structure.  Exit the northwest door. Registration will occur in the pedistrain linking the parking structure and the Acuity building. 

Please email us at as soon as you know you are unable to attend.

Our goal is to host a quality chess tournament. The space available for matches and downtime between rounds fits this number of players well.

Everyone in the same grade will play in the same division. The exact division groupings will be determined closer to the tournament date.

This is where the ratings come in. For the first round, players in the same division are arranged from the highest rating to the lowest rating. WinTD, the chess tournament software, goes through a set of rules to come up with pairings. Only on rare occasions should pairings include two players from the same school. The division is cut in half, and the top ranked player from the first half of the division plays the top ranked player from the second half. For example, let's say there are 40 players in the division. Player 1 would be paired with player 21, 2 would play 22, and so forth. After the round is complete, if there are no ties, there will be 20 players with one point and 20 players with no points. At this point, players will be paired with others in their division who have the same score. The group of 20 people with one point is split in half, and the top ranked player from the first half (player 1) will be paired with the top player from the second half (player 11). The 20 players with no points follow the same process. After the second round is complete, there should be 10 players with two points, 20 players with one point, and 10 players with no points. Again, the program tries to get players with equal points to play each other. As the tournament goes on, the initial player rankings start to mean less and the results of the tournament become more important.