Scholastic Tournaments

Bring your own chess clock if possible. Chess board and pieces will be provided. US Chess Federation membership required for Junior Varsity and Varsity divisions.

  1. Novice – Friday
  2. Junior Varsity (JV) – Saturday or Sunday
  3. Varsity – Saturday & Sunday

I. Novice – non-rated tournament for beginners

  • Date: Friday, Nov. 25
  • Sections* are by grade level
  • Time Control: Game 15 min
  • Rounds*: # of games varies depending on group size
    • 9:30 am (Seating)
    • 9:45 – 11:30 am (1st half)
    • 11:30 – 12:30 pm (Lunch)
    • 12:45- 2:30 pm (2nd half)
    • Awards at 4:00 pm
  • Entry Fee:
    • $70 by 9/30
    • $80 by 10/31
    • $95 by 11/20

*Sections and round times are subject to change.


II. Junior Varsity – Rated tournament where players are grouped with consideration of their grade level and US Chess rating. Shorter time control than Varsity.

  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 26
  • Sections*
    1. K – 2nd Under 200
    2. K – 2nd Under 400
    3. K – 2nd Open (400+)
    4. K – 3rd Under 300
    5. K – 3rd Under 500
    6. K – 3rd Open (500+)
    7. K – 5th Under 500
    8. K – 5th Under 800
    9. K – 5th Open (800+)
  • Rounds*
    • Rd 1: 9:30 AM
    • Rd 2: 11:15 AM
    • Rd 3: 1:00 PM
    • Rd 4: 2:30 PM
    • Rd 5: 4:00 PM
    • Awards at 6 pm
  • Time Control: Game 30 min / delay 5 sec
  • Entry Fee***
    • $71 by 9/30
    • $81 by 10/31
    • $95 by 11/20
  • Date: Sunday, Nov. 27
  • Sections*
    1. K – 12th Open (1200+)
    2. K – 12th Under 1200
    1. K – 9th Open
    2. K – 9th Under 1000
    1. K – 6th Open (900+)
    2. K – 6th Under 900
    3. K – 6th Under 600
  • Rounds*
    • Rd 1: 9:30 AM
    • Rd 2: 11:15 AM
    • Rd 3: 1:00 PM
    • Rd 4: 2:30 PM
    • Rd 5: 4:00 PM
    • Awards at 6 pm
  • Time Control: Game 30 min / delay 5 sec
  • Entry Fee***
    • $71 by 9/30
    • $81 by 10/31
    • $95 by 11/20

III. Varsity – Two-day schedule of US Chess rated tournament for advance players. Time control is longer than JV. Players have to play both days: Saturday and Sunday.

  • Date: Sat & Sun, Nov. 26 – 27
  • Sections:
    • K – 3rd Grade
    • K – 6th Grade
    • K – 12th Grade
  • Rounds*
    • Rd 1 – Sat 9:30 AM
    • Rd 2 – Sat 12:30 PM
    • Rd 3 – Sat 3:00 PM
    • Rd 4 – Sun 9:30 AM
    • Rd 5 – Sun 12:30 PM
    • Awards on Sunday at 3:30 pm
  • Time Control: Game 60 min / delay 5 sec
  • Entry Fee:
    • $62 by 9/30
    • $72 by 10/31
    • $95 by 11/ 20
  • *Sections and round times are subject to change depending on number of players registered. Please make sure to pay attention to announcements and postings.
  • ** Refund requests must be received in writing by email to play(at)americanopen.org or through Eventbrite and are subject to $15 admin fee
  • ***Registration ends by November 20, 2022. No onsite registration.

If planning on not playing a round, please request for half-point bye (maximum one round). Request must be received by Thursday, November 22, 2022. Requests received thereafter, especially on the day of the tournament, will receive a zero-point for that round.

NoviceJunior Varsity
K – 5th Grade
Junior Varsity
K – 12th Grade
Varsity
Descriptionnon-rated tournament
for beginners
Rated tournament where players are grouped with consideration of their grade level and US Chess rating.Rated tournament where players are grouped with consideration of their grade level and US Chess rating. Rated tournament for advance players.
Time control is longer than JV.
Players have to play both days: Saturday and Sunday.
DateFriday, Nov. 25Sat, Nov. 26Sun, Nov. 27Sat & Sun,
Nov. 26 – 27
Sections*By grade levelK – 5th Open
K – 5th Under 800
K – 5th U500

K – 3rd Open
K – 3rd U500
K – 3rd U300

K – 2nd Open
K – 2nd U400
K – 2nd U200
K – 12th Open
K – 12th Under 1200
K – 9th Open
K – 9th U1000
K – 6th Open
K – 6th U900
K – 6th U600
K – 3rd Open

K – 6th Open

K – 12th Open
Current
US Chess
Membership
Required?
NoYesYesYes
Rounds:*
Times are estimates
and subject to
change

# of games varies depending on group size

9:30 am (Seating)
9:45 – 11:30 am (1st half)
11:30 – 12:30 pm (Lunch)
12:45- 2:30 pm (2nd half)

Awards at 3:30 pm

Saturday
Rd 1: 9:30 AM
Rd 2: 11:15 AM
Rd 3: 1:00 PM
Rd 4: 2:30 PM
Rd 5: 4:00 PM

Awards at 6 pm
Sunday
Rd 1: 9:30 AM
Rd 2: 11:15 AM
Rd 3: 1:00 PM
Rd 4: 2:30 PM
Rd 5: 4:00 PM

Awards at 6 pm
Rd 1 – Sat 9:30 AM
Rd 2 – Sat 12:30 PM
Rd 3 – Sat 3:00 PM
Rd 4 – Sun 9:30 AM
Rd 5 – Sun 12:30 PM

Awards on Sunday at 3:30 pm
Time ControlGame 15 minGame 30 min / delay 5 secGame 30 min / delay 5 secGame 60 min / delay 5 sec
Entry Fee:**
Registration ends on November 20 and
there will be
No on-site registration
$70 by 9/30
$80 by 10/31
$95 by 11/20
$71 by 9/30
$81 by 10/31
$95 by 11/20
$71 by 9/30
$81 by 10/31
$95 by 11/20
$62 by 9/30
$81 by 10/31
$95 by 11/ 20
Registration LinkRegister for NoviceRegister for Saturday JV Register for Sunday JVRegister for Varsity
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