Chess Network

Mid-Winter Day of Play/Tournament

January 20, 2024, 12:30 pm


Pre-Registration Required


Learning chess?  Here’s the perfect way to spend a winter afternoon advancing your game!  The NCHE Chess Network invites you to participate in a Day of Play/Tournament.  Students will have play at least four games–and may have time to play additional “pick up” games as well.  You’ll have the opportunity to challenge your skills and, if you wish to compete, to advance through tournament style bracketing.


  1.  Who can play?  The Mid-Winter Day of Play/Tournament is designed for homeschooled students 5 and older.
  2.  My child is new to chess.  Can he play, too?  Players should know how the pieces move, including the details associated with castling, checking the King, promoting a pawn, and capturing “en passant.” Players should be able to recognize an illegal move, as well as checkmate and stalemate.   He should know how a Knight moves, or what is meant by “checkmate.”  Please be certain that your child can play an entire game correctly according to the rules of chess before signing up.
  3. Will my elementary-age student have to play high schoolers?  Depending on numbers of students of different ages, there will be at least 2 separate age-level groups. An elementary student (roughly through age 12) would be in a different section than a high school student. However, the top students in each group might have a playoff for the overall Tournament Champion.
  4. How do you pair players?  In general, we will attempt to pair players with equal scores when possible, and also to equalize color allocations.  This is a “Rapid Pairing Chess” tournament, which means that each child plays a game, comes with his opponent to the Tournament Director (TD) when finished, and will be paired up with another player as soon as one with similar scores has finished his or her game. Because of the need to match players with similar scores, there may be some wait time for players between games.
  5. Am I going to be required to keep score? In order to facilitate the matching of players with similar skills, we will be furnishing score sheets, pens or pencils. At the end of each game, players will note who won and which pieces were captured.  Don’t worry–it’s not complicated and we’ll show the players what to do!  Players who elect to keep chess notation (a record of which pieces moved where during the game) will need to bring their own record keeping equipment and must be able to notate their games without slowing down play.
  6. Will timers be used?  No. Overall game time will be limited to 25 minutes.
  7. What is the exact location of the Mid-Winter Day of Play/Tournament? Hillcrest Baptist Church, 9856 McNeil Road, Kernersville, NC.
  8. Are there awards?  A medal will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in each category.  AND first and second place winners in both the junior and senior categories will receive CASH prizes courtesy of Sanger Realty, Winston-Salem, NC.
  9. What is the cost to participate?  The fee for the first child in the family is $13.  Registration for each additional sibling is $11. Registration is transferable to another player for the same day but is not refundable.
  10. What is the registration deadline?  While space is available or until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2024.
  11. How do I sign up? Submit the form below.
  12. HEALTH POLICY:  An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other communicable illnesses exists in any public place.  By participating in this activity, you voluntarily assume all risk related to exposure of COVID-19 and other communicable illnesses. Prior to the Mid-Winter Day of Play/Tournament, you will receive an email with a self check form. To see the NCHE health checklist now, please click here.

Any questions?  Please contact NCHE Activities Director Evelyn Bickley at