Young Sparks is a community initiative by Max Biocare for children of MBc family and wider community. The idea of Young Sparks was born with the spirit of giving back and becoming a part of the community through that spirit.
One of their most successful initiatives was an International Chess Tournament for children held in August 2020.
A total of 510 children from Australia, USA, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Philippines registered to take part in a free event held over 2 Sunday afternoons. Tornelo was the perfect platform to allow arbtiers full control and flexibility for the event and players to meet other like-minded individuals from other countries!
The event was split into 4 divisions based on Rating. Each division was assigned its own Zoom video-conference and players were automatically linked from the Tournament Lobby to the arbiter’s room for their division. This kept numbers more managable and we didn’t need a single Zoom meeting for 510 players, plus the parents, spectators and arbiters!
In addition to a Zoom meeting for each division the Default conference room was setup as a Tech Support room to help players solve any problems or ask questions.
In addition to the arbiters in each Room providing event commentary, player interviews and post-game analysis, the event was also livestreamed on Facebook. This kept the maximum number of players engaged and receiving individual attention.
This was an outstanding event for first-time chess tournament organsiers!